Enable Access to Scripts
Note: the first two slides include the title 1194.22(l) Scripts and a Department of Veterans Affairs logo.
The key message of this regulation is that if your script contains meaningful information it must be available via functional text. Functional text is text that is output to an assistive technology that enables a user to successfully interact with what your script is doing.
The possibilities of functionality exposed through scripts is endless. So we recommend working closely with our team specifically on this regulation. We can help you both with testing what your script does as well as documenting best practices for the VHA.
We have begun that on our Web site, and today we will be showing you some detailed examples from specific cases we have seen at the VHA.
There are three practical steps you can take to ensure that your scripts meet this criteria.
If you are able to fully interact with the content and access all of the content, then you have no requirement here to do any additional work to make your script accessible. This step verifies whether you have functional text that must be exposed.
Finally, the last requirement is that all the information on your page has to be able to be located and read by an assistive technology. This is the one where we stress working with our team to verify. We will use the actual assistive technology to ensure that functional text is being provided.