RE: Section 508

Subject: RE: Section 508
From: "David Knopf" <david -at- knopf -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 14:25:46 -0700

Tothscribe -at- aol -dot- com wrote:

| I'm pulling together justifications for taking Section 508
| training on the company's tab. For the web part of my work, it's
| an easy sell - "508's the law. You don't have any 508 experts on
| the web development staff."
| But I'm a little unsure how to claim accessibility also impacts
| the classic technical writing (read: writing documentation) side
| of my job.
| So the general question is, how have accessibility issues and/or
| Section 508 impacted you? Are there any sweeping statements I
| can make about accessibility and technical writing to defend my
| request to get the EASI/University of Southern Maine certificate?

This may not be what you want to hear, but I doubt you really need training
per se on Section 508. It's just not that complicated, assuming you have a
good working knowledge of HTML. You could read the Web Content Accessibility
Guidelines on the W3C site and then read Section 508 itself in less than
half a day. Then you'd need to explore whatever tool(s) you use to see what
kind of support they offer. For example, there is a Section 508 plug-in for
Dreamweaver, and the latest release of WebWorks Publisher also produces
508-compliant output.


David Knopf (mailto:david -at- knopf -dot- com)
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