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Training for Testing Software for 508 Compliance

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Testing for §1194.21 (h): Animation

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This module will focus on how to make sure that information conveyed by an application through animation is accessible to all users.

The Section 508 requirement covering this is: §1194.21 (h) When animation is displayed, the information shall be displayable in at least one non-animated presentation mode at the option of the user.

Animation can add entertainment and visual variety to an application, and in some cases provides an efficient mechanism for learning. But not everyone finds it helpful. Some users find it distracting, and for others, it may even make the application inaccessible. Meeting this requirement not only makes an application more accessible, but also represents good, courteous design that takes all users into account.

Related Checkpoints

Remember, both testers and developers can use the checkpoints for this requirement to be sure the products they are working with will be accessible to users with disabilities, including those using assistive technology (AT).

Use the link above to look at the checkpoints now. You may wish to keep the window open as a reference to use as you complete this module.

Video Overview of this Requirement

To view a very short video with additional information that may be helpful to testers and developers, select the video link below. The video will open in a new window; if you are using a screen reader to take this training, press Enter when you hear, "To start, press Play button."

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There are several areas of particular importance to consider when you are testing software applications and operating systems for compliance with this requirement. They are the checkpoints on the Section 508 Checklist for this requirement; each is discussed in more detail on the next page.

Select Next for that discussion.

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