We are interested in your thoughts about how the IITAA Standards can be updated to be "harmonized" with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 and the refreshed Section 508 standards. We will be using this space to share comments, suggestions, and questions about the IITAA Standards Update:

Current Comments

Date Comment Contributor
5/25/2017 10:52 PM

Thoughts how we can improve compliance through outreach, education, monitoring and/or enforcement?

I would like to see if possible a centralized entity be established at some upper management level of a technical services agency that would monitor and enforce IITAA standards. To be the point for reporting, monitoring, and enforcement. I would also like to see if possible with the IITAA update that some type of language be introduced that if compliance is not meet then a set of actions will happen. For example if IITAA compliance is not met then the application/site/document is taken down until it does become complaint.

TJ Schlouski, IATP
5/19/2017 12:43 PM

Based on the discussion we had on the last Standards Update meeting, I think we should standardize with both Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 standards since WCAG 2.1 is not yet finalized.

I think copying the language would make the document easier to read (we should make it clear if the language comes from Section 508 or WCAG 2.1, or both) and we should have an example on how to implement the standard - maybe placed a link to the example after the standard's text).

I am a web developer and for me the most important part (other than understanding the standard) is how to implement it. With limited time and resources, examples speed things up a lot and also learning from examples increases understanding. I think the techniques should look similar to examples on this website: https://www.w3.org/WAI/tutorials/carousels/.

To improve compliance, Accessibility offices at each university (agency) could use Webmaster lists to distribute new requirements and hold meetings (maybe quarterly or twice a year) for developers to attend (in person or online) to provide examples, statistics, etc.

Pawel Czarnota, UIC
5/18/2017 11:37 AM
  1. Should we harmonize IITAA standards with the new Section 508 standards, WCAG 2.0, WCAG 2.1, something else?
    Harmonize with one or several international standards? This should establish the SOI IITAA Policy.
  2. How would you envision harmonized standards being written? Simply refer to Section 508, copy the language of 508, another way?
    Policy - Standard(s) - Procedures (all auditable) - Guideline or Handbook (the meat and potatoes of 'How To') Refer to the section(s) from the policy and/or standard(s).. hyperlink.. that way 'maintenance' is more keeping an eye on the changing international standards, not copy and paste to the State standard? high value, methinks?
  3. Do we need techniques or something similar that explain how to implement the standards in a more understandable way?
    Yes. The implementation 'guides' or 'handbooks' should be written by the ops/dev group based on the maturity of the staff and their toolset and dev process/framework. You might consider hooking into the DoIT Competency Groups: .Net; Web/Mobile; GIS/Spatial; User Interface/Design; Process Re-engineering; Mainframe/Legacy Modernization. Let them integrate the IITAA Policy to the process/operations guides.
  4. Do you have ideas on what techniques should look like? IITAA Implementation Guidelines, WCAG 2.0 Techniques, code examples, etc.? No.
  5. What are your thoughts how we can improve compliance through outreach, education, monitoring and/or enforcement?
    Collaboration with development teams? Agency CIO's.. Cluster CIO's? State CIO? no magic, hard work to overlay IITAA on top of changing technologies/dev methods?
Dan Lorenc, DoIT/HFS

Old Comments

Date Comment Contributor
12:14 PM
I think that we should harmonize with new Section 508 standards, then create our own technical guidelines based around the most common technologies like HTML. Bill Seagle, CMS
9:22 AM
Harmonizing IITAA with WCAG and 508 makes sense. It should make maintaining and teaching the standards easier. I know as a developer it will be easier to implement one set of standards as opposed to trying to make sure I cover all three. Brandy Thatcher
2:35 PM
I am okay with harmonization as long as we prepare the techniques and tools to ensure compliance in a way most developers can understand. Most developers want to know as specific as possible so there is no grey areas of what accessibility is. I think if we make clear techniques, harmonization is a good idea. Kevin Price, UIC
10:34 AM
Harmonizing IITAA standards with WCAG 2.0 and Section 508 will make accessibility easier for vendors, less confusing for webmasters, and easier to enforce within organizations and statewide. Katy Whitelaw, NIU
9:53 AM
As a developer, I would like to see a site with code sample & example on what is a harmonized site. Information would then be needed to say/discuss how this can vary based on applications so that whatever systems can be built. How is enforcement for the various department going to happen? I am from/with DCFS but do not represent DCFS in any way. If you want department enforcement, I would assume that more departments would be represented at these meetings. I can tell my DCFS management all day long about your harmonization initiatives, but it will not happen till you travel with this information to Executive management within DCFS and I am sure other departments. Michael Murphy, DCFS