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Training for Testing HTML for 508 Compliance

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Testing for §1194.22 (c): Color

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This module will focus on testing a page to ensure that all information conveyed with color is also available without color.

The Section 508 requirement covering this is: §1194.22 (c) Web pages shall be designed so that all information conveyed with color is also available without color, for example from context or markup.

Color is a very effective way of communicating important information. However, when color alone is used to convey meaning, users who are unable to see or identify colors won't get the full impact of what is conveyed.

Is it okay to use color on a webpage?

Absolutely! But if color is used for emphasis or as part of an instruction, it should be paired with another form of communication; in most cases, this would be a textual equivalent.

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 of 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 an approximately two and one-half-minute video with additional information which 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."

Color Video in new window

Select Next to review some examples.

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