Any web pages on the Pasadena City College web site will comply
with Section 508. The following outlines the basic
accessibility guidelines that the PCC web pages will follow.
Each guideline is linked to a full discussion of the feature and
how to best implement it in a web page. These guidelines have been
developed by Macromedia for use with the Dreamweaver web development
In addition, the Dreamweaver application available on the campus
network features the accessibility checking tools provided by UsableNet
and Macromedia. All web pages developed for the PCC site must be
checked that they pass accessibility guidelines with this tool,
or checked online at http://www.cynthiasays.com/.
Web Development Guidelines
Provided via a partnership between The University of Wisconsin
Authored by : Blaire Bundy, Tim Dugdale
1194.22 Web-based intranet and internet information and applications
Section 508 (http://www.section508.gov/)
requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology
is accessible to people with disabilities, including employees and
members of the public. Section 508 establishes requirements for
any electronic and information technology developed, maintained,
procured, or used by the Federal government.
California passed SB 105 to ensure that California colleges' and universities' comply with Section 508, which covers public and intranet web sites.
The intent of this document is to provide examples
of each priority within the 508 guidelines relating to web publishing.
Each priority sites the guideline and the linked section letter provides a detailed explanation and
examples which highlight solutions. The explanations and examples
are interpretations by the authors of this document.
- (a) A text equivalent for
every non-text element shall be provided (e.g., via "alt", "longdesc",
or in element content).
- (b) Equivalent alternatives
for any multimedia presentation shall be synchronized with the
- (c) Web pages shall be designed
so that all information conveyed with color is also available
without color, for example from context or markup.
- (d) Documents shall be organized
so they are readable without requiring an associated style sheet.
- (e) Redundant text links
shall be provided for each active region of a server-side image
- (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.
- (g) Row and column headers
shall be identified for data tables.
- (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.
- (i) Frames shall be titled
with text that facilitates frame identification and navigation.
- (j) Pages shall be designed
to avoid causing the screen to flicker with a frequency greater
than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.
- (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
- (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.
- (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 ï¿½1194.21(a) through
- (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.
- (o) A method shall be provided
that permits users to skip repetitive navigation links.
- (p) When a timed response
is required, the user shall be alerted and given sufficient time
to indicate more time is required.