Fixes not so tough, disabled say
- By Natasha Haubold
- Apr 24, 2000
The good news about complying with Section 508 is that many fixes — although
they will have some cost — are relatively easy to make, especially when
systems are still under development. For example, agencies can add text
descriptions to graphics on World Wide Web sites to make them legible to
reading software for the visually impaired.
"It doesn't take a lot to change sites to HTML so they can be read,"
said Seville Allen, a program analyst at the Defense Department who is visually
Software programmers also can include key stroke equivalents for links
to text and graphics when writing new programs. Those measures allow people
who are visually impaired or unable to use a mouse to still have access,
according to Joan Conrad, a government employee with limited use of her
"It doesn't take much to make Web sites and information available,"
Conrad said. "Just a few program changes, and everyone can have the same