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Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) Review

Criteria 1194.26 - Desktop and portable comuters

This Criteria section was most likely called out in the original section 508 due to being new and considered unqiue under original technology practices. As this technology has evolved it really has melded into all of the above sections being relevent. You will notice that at the same time two of the four sub criterion are refering to other sections to be completed rather than repeating criteria.

The CSU reviews this section in relation to functionality regardless of that the product or service. The subsections below will contain the following:

  • The text of the section 508 criterion
  • Explanation of what the criterion is asking along with resource links if available
  • Cross reference information if applicable
  • Verification notes we give our campuses for reviewing VPAT's
  • Information on how this looks like it will overlay into the Section 508 Refresh
Criteria Resources

Criteria 1194.26(a)

All mechanically operated controls and keys shall comply with Û1194.23 (k) (1) through (4).

Clarification:

The difference between this criterion and section 1194.23 is that relates to the accessories connected to a computer in addition to the computer.

Cross References:

  • Section 508 - 1194.23(k)(1), 1194.23(k)(2), 1194.23(k)(3), and 1194.23(k)(4)

Verification Notes:

  • When Supports with Exceptions is chosen look for the following information in Remarks and Explanation column:
    • What is the impact of the user’s inability to complete any core functions of the application due to the exception or lack of support for this criterion.
  • Note that for responses that include Supports with Exceptions and Not Supported drive the completion of the elements of the Accessibility Road Map and information to users on the Accessibility Statement.

Criteria 1194.26(b)

If a product utilizes touchscreens or touch-operated controls, an input method shall be provided that complies with Û1194.23 (k) (1) through (4).

Clarification:

  • The difference between this criterion and section 1194.23 is that relates to touch screens on the desktop or portable computer.
  • Section 508 refresh
    • 407.3 Operable Parts - Tactilely Discernible
    • 407.4 Operable Parts - Key Repeat
    • 407.6 Operable Parts - Status Indicators
    • 407.9 Operable Parts - Operation

Cross References:

  • Section 508 - 1194.23(k)(1), 1194.23(k)(2), 1194.23(k)(3), and 1194.23(k)(4)

Verification Notes:

  • When Supports with Exceptions is chosen look for the following information in Remarks and Explanation column:
    • What is the impact of the user’s inability to complete any core functions of the application due to the exception or lack of support for this criterion.
  • Note that for responses that include Supports with Exceptions and Not Supported drive the completion of the elements of the Accessibility Road Map and information to users on the Accessibility Statement.

Criteria 1194.26(c)

When biometric forms of user identification or control are used, an alternative form of identification or activation, which does not require the user to possess particular biological characteristics, shall also be provided.

Clarification:

  • Biometric is a physical feature requirement for security. An alternative must be provide that does not require a user to have the physical aspect. 
  • Examples of biometrics: finger for fingerprints or an eyeball for rental scans.
  • Section 508 refresh
    • 403.1 Biometrics - General

Cross References:

  • Section 508 - 1194.25(d)

Verification Notes:

  • When Supports with Exceptions is chosen look for the following information in Remarks and Explanation column:
    • What is the impact of the user’s inability to complete any core functions of the application due to the exception or lack of support for this criterion.
  • Note that for responses that include Supports with Exceptions and Not Supported drive the completion of the elements of the Accessibility Road Map and information to users on the Accessibility Statement.

Criteria 1194.26(d)

Where provided, at least one of each type of expansion slots, ports and connectors shall comply with publicly available industry standards

Clarification:

  • One or more of each kind of expansion slot, port, or connector on a computer must be designed according to an industry standard. From USPTO
  • Section 508 Refresh
    • 406.1 Standard Connections - General

Verification Notes:

  • When Supports with Exceptions is chosen look for the following information in Remarks and Explanation column:
    • What is the impact of the user’s inability to complete any core functions of the application due to the exception or lack of support for this criterion.
  • Note that for responses that include Supports with Exceptions and Not Supported drive the completion of the elements of the Accessibility Road Map and information to users on the Accessibility Statement.