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Training for Testing HTML for 508 Compliance

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Testing for §1194.22 (k): Text Only Alternative

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This module will focus on the text-only equivalent of pages that are required if accessibility cannot be accomplished by other means.

The section 508 requirement covering this is: §1194.22 (k) A text-only page, with equivalent information or functionality, shall be provided to make a web site comply with the provisions of these standards, when compliance cannot be accomplished in any other way. The content of the text-only page shall be updated whenever the primary page changes.

What must a text-only page contain to comply with this provision?

  • Text-only pages must contain information and functionality that are equivalent to what is displayed on the primary pages.
  • Also, the text-only page must be updated whenever the primary page changes.

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-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."

Text Only Alternative Video in new window

Select Next for an Example.

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