Accessibility Compliance

We appreciate the extra effort many have shown in recent years in meeting accessibility compliance requirements. In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Under Section 508 (29 U.S.C. § 794d), agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to this technology that is comparable to the access available to others. The law applies to all federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain or use electronic and information technology.

Specifically, to meet this law, we require that:

(1) All graphic/picture titles and captions must be part of the document 'text' and NOT part of the graphic/picture itself

(2) If the caption does not already describe or explain the graphic/picture, then include in the caption, or in [brackets], a brief description of the graphic or explanation of the idea the graphic displays.

The bracketed comments may be added on your behalf, if necessary. These two requirements will allow those who require assisted reading programs that can read only text to generally understand what the graphic/picture is about or was intended to convey. Two examples follow:

--Insert Image/Graphic Here--

Figure 1. Fake River

{MINIMUM:} [graph of data from Fake River]
{BETTER:} [graph: visibility decreases at an accelerated rate as velocity increases]
{BEST:} [graph: visibility is 30 feet at 0 knots, 26 feet at 4 knots, 5 feet at 8 knots]

--Insert Image/Graphic Here--

{MINIMUM:} Figure 2: The R/V Flip
{BETTER:} [The R/V Flip in vertical mode with antenna array deployed]

Note: Because the R/V Flip caption describes the picture adequately, the 'minimum' description is already met, but may optionally be made better as in this example.

* Some pages on this website provide links which require a plug in to view.