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Training for Testing HTML for 508 Compliance

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Testing for §1194.22 (i): Frames

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Introduction

This module will focus on testing a page to ensure that frames are titled appropriately and are identifiable and navigable.

The Section 508 requirement covering this is: §1194.22 (i) Frames shall be titled with text that facilitates frame identification and navigation.

Why is this provision necessary?

  • Frames provide a means of visually dividing the computer screen into distinct areas that can be separately rewritten.
  • Frames can present difficulties for users with disabilities when those frames are not easily identifiable to assistive technology.
  • Users with disabilities may become lost if the differences between the two frames are not clearly established.

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 one 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."

Frames Video in new window

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