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Training for Testing Software for 508 Compliance

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Testing for §1194.21 (i): Color Coding

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Remember, the goal of this requirement is to ensure that an alternative method of conveying information is provided in addition to color. When items that solely use color need textual alternatives, an alternative must also be available without the use of assistive technology. For example, setting the accessible name on a button while keeping the button green doesn't assist a user who is color blind and not using assistive technology. Thus, an alternative must be visually available without color as well as available to users of assistive technology.

Knowledge Check

Before you finish this module, here's a question to check your knowledge. Use the Answer button to check your selection.

An alternative method must be provided when color is used for:


To continue with the training, select Next for the Color and Contrast module.

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