Jarret Cummings, a policy specialist for Educause, just blogged that “recent NFB testing has found that Google Apps still exhibit substantial, and in some cases new, accessibility problems”. This was a follow on from a previous post in October where Jarrett considered Google’s announcements on accessibility investments.
Addressing accessibility is not only an important human challenge, it is also one that for many schools can carry significant legal penalties if not dealt with appropriately. Witness the NFB’s complaint against Northwestern University and the joint Department of Justice and Education’s guidance on the procurement of book readers. No vendor, including Microsoft, will ever be perfect as far as accessibility is concerned, but we have made the great strides over the years.
Microsoft has had a long track record of investments in enabling technologies across our product set. If you take the components of Office 365 as just one example you will find detailed documentation on what we have done. For those public institutions that need to comply with ADA/Section 508, the VPATs we have provided solutions for many years.
Exchange Server 2010 (Outlook Web Access)
SharePoint Foundation 2010 (end-user)
SharePoint Server 2010 (administrator)
Conformance statement AA-level (SharePoint Foundation 2010)
Conformance statement A-level (SharePoint Foundation 2010)
Conformance statement AA-level (SharePoint Server 2010)
Conformance statement A-level (SharePoint Server 2010)
Microsoft Lync 2010 Attendee
Microsoft Lync 2010
Microsoft Lync Web App VPAT
All Office components
Office Web Applications
Conformance statement AA-level (Office Web Apps)
Conformance statement A-level (Office Web Apps)