Section 5083:11 with Aisha Blake
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (generally referred to as Section 508) defines how federal agencies must comply in terms of accessibility of technology.
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 0:00 generally referred to as section 508, defines how federal 0:04 agencies in the United States must comply in terms of accessibility of technology. 0:09 And it's a set of standards that you're fairly likely to come across at 0:14 some point in your career as a web professional. 0:18 Even if you don't work directly for a federal agency, one might 0:21 contract the work of building a website or application out to your company. 0:25 Partly because it's specific to the US, we won't delve as far into Section 508 but 0:30 we'll cover the basics. 0:34 And as usual, you'll find additional information in the teachers notes. 0:36 At Section508.gov, 0:41 you'll find all the information you could ever want on Section 508. 0:43 Let's start with the Learn section. 0:48 Here, you'll find information on the law itself, standards that guide 0:51 specific implementation and other forms of federal accessibility wisdom. 0:56 Pay attention to that last section, Accessible Meetings. 1:01 We're not just dealing with web content here. 1:06 If you need to comply with section 508 that includes things like meetings and 1:09 documents. 1:14 Backing up to the homepage and focusing on the Build section now, 1:16 we can see that there's guidance broken into three sections. 1:21 Electronic Documents, Web Pages and Video and Social Media. 1:25 While our focus in this course is on web development 1:29 these are all vital parts of opening up access to information from the government. 1:33 Stepping into the Web Pages sections leads to a robust list of tips and 1:38 links to resources that should be helpful in a variety of situations. 1:43 Ranging from starting a new site, 1:48 to evaluating the accessibility of an existing one. 1:50 Here in the US, we've got a number of accessibility standards that apply to 1:55 different organizations, largely those related to government and education. 1:59 See the teacher's notes for a list of federal and regional guidelines. 2:04 It's not feasible for us to try and 2:09 cover every single law that governs accessibility standards in the world. 2:11 So, my advice is to Google accessibility laws in your local. 2:16 If one is available, consider speaking with an accessibility professional. 2:20 Lawsuits over inaccessible content do happen. 2:25 But we should be taking steps that make them totally unnecessary anyway. 2:29 If we build projects the right way, so 2:33 that they're accessible to as many people as possible from the start, 2:35 there will never be cause for a user to feel they've been left out. 2:39 If your unsure, start by using WCAG levels A and AA as a baseline. 2:43 And make adjustments if there are any additional requirements. 2:48 Your probably itching to try your hand at making something to test 2:52 against the criteria we've been talking about. 2:55 The next stage we'll walk through techniques we can employ 2:58 to satisfy many of the WCAG's success criteria. 3:01 Take your time. 3:04 Get comfortable with some of the terms we've discussed. 3:06 Review what you've learned, and I'll see you in the next stage. 3:09
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