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Section 508 Explained

Section 508 [14.2] is part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which is intended to end discrimination against people who have disabilities. Enacted by the U.S. Congress on August 7, 1998, Public Law 105-220 (Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998 [http://www.usworkforce.org/wialaw.txt]) significantly expanded 508's technology access requirements. The law covers computers, FAX machines, copiers, telephones, transaction machines and kiosks, and other equipment used for transmitting, receiving, or storing information. It also covers many websites.

14.2. The official site of Section 508 complies with its own guidelines (www.section508.gov). This is not always the case for government sites and was not originally the case for section508.gov. Note the ALA-influenced type size switchers at top right, intended to compensate for browsers that don't let users resize text. See Chapter 15, “Working with DOM-Based Scripts,” for more about style switchers.



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