services: 508 accessibility compliance

In the United States, Section 508 of the WorkForce Investment Act of 1998, required all United States Federal Agencies with websites to make those sites accessible to individuals with disabilities, within 24 months of enacting of this law. Section 508 also requires all vendors providing services to the federal government be fully accessible to the disabled. Many web sites continue to be non-compliant and the efforts to achieve full compliance are on-going.

TFG can create accessibility compliant sites as a value added option on all web site developments. The depth of the accessibility implementation will depend on budget, time, and defined target market constraints as well as the legal requirements of the client’s business.

TFG will discuss Accessibility Compliance options during the initial consultation. If 508 compliance is included in the web development project specification, TFG will:
  • Code the site using validated XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS2 coding specs.
  • Use 508 and W3C standards to determine compliance.
  • Test the site using the Watchfire WebXact validator to ensure compliance on the site.
  • Expertly review errors or issues not determined by automatic tools.

Why build an accessibility compliant web site?

If you are a direct vendor to the Federal Government, your business must comply with federally regulated guidelines for Section 508, including web site accessibility.

With an accessible site you increase your potential customer base to include persons with disabilities and those who use wireless devices for accessing the internet:
  • Over 10% of the online population is disabled (750 million people worldwide, 55 million Americans)
    — Watchfire
  • Those 750 million people represent over $176 billion in discretionary income
    — iCan
  • Accessible sites programmed and validated against HTML, XHTML and CSS standards will also be seamlessly available to other devices, such as mobile phones and PDAs.