Section 508 Accessibility

Amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

 section508

The US Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Under Section 508 (29 U.S.C. § 794d), agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others.

The following information documents SiberSafe compliance to section 508.


Name of Product: SiberSafe Content Management System

Contact for more Information: http://www.siberlogic.com

Summary Table
Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

Criteria
Supporting Features
Explanation
Section 1194.21 Software Applications and Operating Systems
Supported
Please refer to the following VPAT for a provision by provision breakdown.
Section 1194.22 Web-based internet information and applications
Supported
Please refer to the following VPAT for a provision by provision breakdown.
Section 1194.23 Telecommunications Products
Not Applicable
SiberSafe is not a telecommunications product according to §1194.4 Definitions.
Section 1194.24 Video and Multi-media Products
Supported
Please refer to the following VPAT for a provision by provision breakdown.
Section 1194.25 Self-Contained, Closed Products
Not Applicable
SiberSafe is not a self-contained or closed product according to §1194.4 Definitions.
Section 1194.26 Desktop and Portable Computers
Not Applicable
SiberSafe is not a desktop or portable computer according to §1194.4 Definitions.
Section 1194.31 Functional Performance Criteria
Supported
Please refer to the following VPAT for a provision by provision breakdown.
Section 1194.41 Information, Documentation and Support
Supported
Please refer to the following VPAT for a provision by provision breakdown.

 


Detailed Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)


§ 1194.21 Software applications and operating systems

Provision Text
How does SiberSafe meet this criteria?
Explanation
§ 1194.21 (a) When software is designed to run on a system that has a keyboard, product functions shall be executable from a keyboard where the function itself or the result of performing a function can be discerned textually.
Supported

 
SiberSafe leverages existing browser technology.
 
Windows Internet Explorer supports all standard keyboard features of the user interface.
 
Mouse overs show textually all graphical icons in the user interface.
§ 1194.21 (b) Applications shall not disrupt or disable activated features of other products that are identified as accessibility features, where those features are developed and documented according to industry standards. Applications also shall not disrupt or disable activated features of any operating system that are identified as accessibility features where the application programming interface for those accessibility features has been documented by the manufacturer of the operating system and is available to the product developer.
Supported

 
 
 
 
 
§ 1194.21 (c) A well-defined on-screen indication of the current focus shall be provided that moves among interactive interface elements as the input focus changes. The focus shall be programmatically exposed so that Assistive Technology can track focus and focus changes.
Supported with Exceptions
SiberSafe leverages existing browser technology.
 
Windows Internet Explorer uses programming interfaces to expose the location of the focus indicator and Microsoft Active Accessibility® to expose its interface elements to assistive technologies.
 
Exceptions:
The caret indication is neither visible nor programmatically exposed in read-only fields with MS IE.
§ 1194.21 (d) Sufficient information about a user interface element including the identity, operation and state of the element shall be available to Assistive Technology. When an image represents a program element, the information conveyed by the image must also be available in text.
Supported
SiberSafe leverages existing browser technology.
 
Windows Internet Explorer user interface elements are exposed programmatically through native object models and programming interfaces such as Microsoft Active Accessibility. Standard Windows controls and interface elements automatically expose this information through Microsoft Active Accessibility. Labels are associated with controls, objects, icons and images in Internet Explorer user interface.
§ 1194.21 (e) When bitmap images are used to identify controls, status indicators, or other programmatic elements, the meaning assigned to those images shall be consistent throughout an application's performance.
Supported

 
 
SiberSafe uses standard and consistent images throughout.
§ 1194.21 (f) Textual information shall be provided through operating system functions for displaying text. The minimum information that shall be made available is text content, text input caret location, and text attributes.
Supported
Windows Internet Explorer provides textual information through Microsoft Active Accessibility.
 
 
§ 1194.21 (g) Applications shall not override user selected contrast and color selections and other individual display attributes.
Supported
 
§ 1194.21 (h) When animation is displayed, the information shall be displayable in at least one non-animated presentation mode at the option of the user.
Supported
SiberSafe leverages existing browser technology.
 
Windows Internet Explorer provides user the option to turn on/off animation in images in web content.
§ 1194.21 (i) Color coding shall not be used as the only means of conveying information, indicating an action, prompting a response, or distinguishing a visual element.
Supported
 
Darker shading, rather than color coding, is used to distinguish that a particular item has been selected by the user.
§ 1194.21 (j) When a product permits a user to adjust color and contrast settings, a variety of color selections capable of producing a range of contrast levels shall be provided.
Supported
SiberSafe user interface does not permit user color adjustments beyond what the existing browser technology allows.
§ 1194.21 (k) Software shall not use flashing or blinking text, objects, or other elements having a flash or blink frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.
Supported
SiberSafe does not use flashing or blinking text in its user interface.
 
 
 
 
 
§ 1194.21 (l) When electronic forms are used, the form shall allow people using Assistive Technology to access the information, field elements, and functionality required for completion and submission of the form, including all directions and cues.
Supported
SiberSafe leverages existing browser technology.
 
Windows Internet Explorer allows access via assistive technology to information, field elements and functionality required for completion and submission of the form.
 

 

§ 1194.22 Web-based intranet and internet information and applications 

Provision Text
How does SiberSafe meet this criteria?
Explanation
§ 1194.22(a) A text equivalent for every non-text element shall be provided (e.g., via “alt”, “longdesc”, or in element content).
Not Applicable
 
SiberSafe is not a website. It is an application that leverages browser technology.
§ 1194.22(b) Equivalent alternatives for any multimedia presentation shall be synchronized with the presentation.
Supported
 
SiberSafe does not include multimedia presentations.
§ 1194.22(c) Web pages shall be designed so that all information conveyed with color is also available without color, for example from context or markup.
Supported
 
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§ 1194.22(d) Documents shall be organized so they are readable without requiring an associated style sheet.
Supported
 CSS style sheets are what the W3C intends for HTML. The text is readable without it, but the look and feel is substantially reduced.
§ 1194.22(e) Redundant text links shall be provided for each active region of a server-side image map.
Supported
 SiberSafe does not use server side image maps.
§ 1194.22(f) Client-side image maps shall be provided instead of server-side image maps except where the regions cannot be defined with an available geometric shape.
Supported
 
SiberSafe does not use client side image maps.
§ 1194.22(g) Row and column headers shall be identified for data tables.
Supported
§ 1194.22(h) Markup shall be used to associate data cells and header cells for data tables that have two or more logical levels of row or column headers.
Supported
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§ 1194.22(i) Frames shall be titled with text that facilitates frame identification and navigation.
Supported
 SiberSafe does not use frames.
§ 1194.22(j) Pages shall be designed to avoid causing the screen to flicker with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.
Supported
 SiberSafe leverages existing browser technology and pages do not cause flickering in the prohibited range.
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§ 1194.22(k) A text-only page, with equivalent information or functionality, shall be provided to make a web site comply with the provisions of this part, when compliance cannot be accomplished in any other way. The content of the text-only page shall be updated whenever the primary page changes.
Not Applicable
 SiberSafe is not a website. It is an application that leverages browser technology.
§ 1194.22(l) When pages utilize scripting languages to display content, or to create interface elements, the information provided by the script shall be identified with functional text that can be read by Assistive Technology.
Supported
Interface elements that are clickable, such as the menus have mouse over text labels.
§ 1194.22(m) When a web page requires that an applet, plug-in or other application be present on the client system to interpret page content, the page must provide a link to a plug-in or applet that complies with
§ 1194.21 (a) through (l).
Supported
 
 
Plug-in are optional for SiberSafe.
§ 1194.22(n) When electronic forms are designed to be completed on-line, the form shall allow people using Assistive Technology to access the information, field elements, and functionality required for completion and submission of the form, including all directions and cues.
Supported
Association of text labels to form input controls via explicit labeling exists.
§ 1194.22(o) A method shall be provided that permits users to skip repetitive navigation links.
Not Supported
SiberSafe is not a website. It is an application that leverages browser technology. There are no repetitive navigation links.
§ 1194.22(p) When a timed response is required, the user shall be alerted and given sufficient time to indicate more time is required.
Supported
 SiberSafe does not have timed responses.

 

§1194.23 Telecommunications products  (Not applicable – SiberSafe is not a telecommunications product.)
 

§ 1194.24 Video and multimedia products

Provision Text
How does SiberSafe meet this criteria?
Explanation
§ 1194.24 (a) All analog television displays 13 inches and larger, and computer equipment that includes analog television receiver or display circuitry, shall be equipped with caption decoder circuitry which appropriately receives, decodes, and displays closed captions from broadcast, cable, videotape, and DVD signals. As soon as practicable, but not later than July 1, 2002, widescreen digital television (DTV) displays measuring at least 7.8 inches vertically, DTV sets with conventional displays measuring at least 13 inches vertically, and stand-alone DTV tuners, whether or not they are marketed with display screens, and computer equipment that includes DTV receiver or display circuitry, shall be equipped with caption decoder circuitry which appropriately receives, decodes, and displays closed captions from broadcast, cable, videotape, and DVD signals.
Not applicable
SiberSafe is a software application and does not include a display or receiver.
§ 1194.24 (b) Television tuners, including tuner cards for use in computers, shall be equipped with secondary audio program playback circuitry.
Not applicable
SiberSafe is a software application and does not include a tuner.
§ 1194.24 (c) All training and informational video and multimedia productions which support the agency's mission, regardless of format, that contain speech or other audio information necessary for the comprehension of the content, shall be open or closed captioned.
Not applicable
 
 
 SiberSafe does not include video productions.
§ 1194.24 (d) All training and informational video and multimedia productions which support the agency's mission, regardless of format, that contain visual information necessary for the comprehension of the content, shall be audio described.
Not supported
 
§ 1194.24 (e) Display or presentation of alternate text presentation or audio descriptions shall be user-selectable unless permanent.
 
Supported
Audio descriptions of multimedia are permanent. There are no alternate text presentations.

 

§ 1194.25 Self-contained, closed products (Not applicable – SiberSafe is not a self-contained, closed product by the 508 definition. It is a software product.)


§ 1194.26 Desktop and portable computers (Not applicable – SiberSafe is a software application and is not considered a desktop or portable computer.)
 


§ 1194.31 Functional performance criteria

Provision Text
How does SiberSafe meet this criteria?
Explanation
§ 1194.31 (a) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require user vision shall be provided, or support for Assistive Technology used by people who are blind or visually impaired shall be provided.
Supported
SiberSafe leverages existing browser technology.
 
Windows Internet Explorer Supports the use of assistive technology, such as screen readers, for access by people who are blind or visually impaired.
§ 1194.31 (b) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require visual acuity greater than 20/70 shall be provided in audio and enlarged print output working together or independently, or support for Assistive Technology used by people who are visually impaired shall be provided.
Supported
SiberSafe leverages existing browser technology.
 
Windows Internet Explorer has the page zoom feature enables users to increase or decrease the page size for easier viewing. Not only can the user change the text size, but any graphics or embedded text in graphics can also be modified. Hard-to-read text or small thumbnail images on web sites can now be enlarged. Page zoom can be easily accessed by keyboard. User can increase or decrease the zoom value in 10% increments.
 
Windows Internet Explorer supports the use of assistive technology such as screen reader as described in section 1194.31 (a)
§ 1194.31 (c) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require user hearing shall be provided, or support for Assistive Technology used by people who are deaf or hard of hearing shall be provided.
Supported
Interface is textual with mouse over text for graphic interface components.
§ 1194.31 (d) Where audio information is important for the use of a product, at least one mode of operation and information retrieval shall be provided in an enhanced auditory fashion, or support for assistive hearing devices shall be provided.
Supported
Audio information is not important for the use of SiberSafe. Interface is textual with mouse over text for graphic interface components.
 
Additionally, SiberSafe leverages existing browser technology. Windows Internet Explorer supports embedded auditory objects, Flash, multimedia, etc. User has an option to turn on/off sounds in web pages via Internet Options >> Advanced >> Multimedia >> Play sounds in web pages.
§ 1194.31 (e) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require user speech shall be provided, or support for Assistive Technology used by people with disabilities shall be provided.
Supported
SiberSafe does not require the use of speech for any functionality.
§ 1194.31 (f) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require fine motor control or simultaneous actions and that is operable with limited reach and strength shall be provided.
Supported
 SiberSafe leverages existing browser technology.
 
Windows Internet Explorer supports the use of assistive technology such as voice recognition and alternative input devices for people who have reduced motor skills/coordination.
 
Windows Internet Explorer provides keyboard accessibility through keyboard shortcuts, access keys and tab order to all significant features so use of a mouse is not required.

 

 

§ 1194.41 Information, documentation, and support

Provision Text
How does SiberSafe meet this criteria?
Explanation
§ 1194.41 (a) Product support documentation provided to end-users shall be made available in alternate formats upon request, at no additional charge.
Supported
Documentation for SiberSafe system client programs and server programs is provided in digital format, both with the products and on the SiberLogic web site (http://www.siberlogic.com) at no additional charge.
 
The documentation is most accessible when it is browsed by using Internet Explorer 6.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 1.5, or later, because these browsers include a zoom feature for large print.
 
Technical troubleshooting reporting is also available on the SiberLogic Support Web site at no additional charge. This web site provides a mechanism by which customers can provide feedback about the content, including suggestions for additional information that may help people with disabilities.
§ 1194.41 (b) End-users shall have access to a description of the accessibility and compatibility features of products in alternate formats or alternate methods upon request, at no additional charge.
Supported
Online help describes the keyboard shortcuts.
 
SiberSafe leverages existing browser technology. Microsoft Internet Explorer includes extensive Help File documentation which lists accessibility and compatibility features. An individual may access and view Help File topics online or may select a topic for print.
§ 1194.41 (c) Support services for products shall accommodate the communication needs of end-users with disabilities.
Supported with Exceptions
 Customers can call Toll-Free: 1 877-SIBER-LG (742-3754) for specific assistance.
 
Exception: SiberLogic does not offer a teletypewriter (TTY) service for customers who are hearing impaired.

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Revised April 9, 2010. SiberLogic regularly updates its websites and provides new information about the accessibility of products as that information becomes available.

What our customers say:

Barbara J. Reeder, President, SDI Government Solutions:

"The unprecedented flexibility of the SiberSafe solution and the responsiveness of SiberLogic’s team help us to successfully manage the conversion of technical manuals into any of the evolving standards of the Department of Defense Community.”

Philip Vallone, Manager, Technical Documentation, SDI Government Solutions

SDI has been using SiberSafe CMS/CSDB for over 5 years to manage and automate its technical documentation development, maintenance and conversion processes. SDI's business is project-driven and every project comes with its own set of standard compliance requirements. SiberSafe has helped SDI to successfully comply with multiple technical publication standards, including S1000D, MIL-STD-2361 and DITA for our commercial and US DoD clients' projects. SiberSafe has tremendously evolved over the years, helping us meet our diverse project requirements. SiberLogic’s technical support and consulting services have helped us meet the project deadlines in our documentation development and conversion projects.

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