Since the last meeting we have had discussions with Janet Lambert of the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission and Ken Salaets of the Information Technology Industry Council. Janet reviewed the Section 508 standards having to do with telecommunications, video, and multimedia. Janet will get back to us on suggestions for what to require regarding captioning. (Missouri took a phased approach.) Ken encouraged us to harmonize with existing IT accessibility standards. He also shared insights on what is going on at the federal level. His organization is encouraging TEITAC to stay in alignment with WCAG 2 and other international standards.
Add explanation that most IT will comply with the Technical Requirements, but someone may develop and innovative solution and demonstrate and document that this alternative approach achieves the Functional Performance Criteria. Complying with the Technical Requirements means you comply with the letter of the law. Complying with the Functional Performance Criteria means you comply with the spirit of the law. We are leaving the door open to other technical approaches.
It is to come in the future. The 508 Refresh (TEITAC) document combines software and web into one conceptual group called user interface. For now we agree that we should retain the organization of the current Section 508 standards, but will will update our organization as other standards become final. (Remember that we are required to re-evaluate the IITAA standards at least once every three years.)
The next IITAA Workgroup Teleconference will be held on Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at Hay-Edwards Building, Room 325, 400 W Lawrence, Springfield from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM. The teleconference number is 1-800-930-8829. The passcode is 9125949#. If you need a special accommodation, please email email@example.com.
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