Open Question and Answer Session on the Revised 508 Standards

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
1:00 PM Eastern Time Zone


This webinar provides an opportunity for attendees to pose questions to the Access Board on the revised Section 508 Standards. The 508 Standards apply to information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector such as computers, telecommunications equipment, printers, software, websites, information kiosks and transaction machines, and electronic documents. Questions are welcome on all sections of the standards, including application and scoping, functional performance criteria, hardware and software requirements, support documentation and services, and referenced standards. Access Board ICT Specialists will also address questions about companion guidelines for telecommunications equipment covered by Section 255 of the Communications Act and any other topics related to the Board’s activities on accessible ICT.
Participants are encouraged to submit their questions in advance of the session through the registration portal. They can also pose questions during the live webinar. This session will be helpful to anyone involved in complying with the 508 Standards or interested in ICT accessibility. Join us for a lively and informative discussion.


Bruce Bailey Accessibility Specialist/Information Technology Specialist, US Access Board
Timothy Creagan Senior Accessibility Specialist/Information Technology, US Access Board
Katherine Eng ICT Accessibility Specialist, US Access Board

Questions for presenters:

  • Does 508 apply to a private sector business?
  • Since HHS provides an HTML checklist at
    which we are supposed to use to evaluate 508 compliance, the following 4 questions relate to this checklist:
  • Question 1: Could you please explain techniques for Section B: General Code Inspection?
  • Question 2: Could you please explain ID B9: If ARIA is present, does the ARIA coding both meet ARIA specifications and give an accurate representation of the content?
  • Question 3: On Section F could you please explain ID F3: Do all decorative images have an empty alt tag (alt="")or are included via the CSS? And ID F4: Is the CSS free from any images conveying information that do not have a text alternative?
  • Question 4: Could you please explain techniques for Section K: Sites containing common elements/dynamic content?
  • Many people have personal attendants to assist with morning routines that depending on physical needs, can take hours and preclude early morning medical appointments. How can activists press college and health centers to have flexible scheduling and provide support staff for clients who needs require this accommodation?
  • Does Standard 1194.22 – Web-based Information and Applications still apply or E207 Software section replaces that?
  • What are the equivalent of the below old rules in the revised rules: Standard 1194.22 – Web-based Information and Applications Standard 1194.21 – Software Applications and Operating Systems Standard 1194.31 – Functional Performance Criteria Standard 1194.41 – Information, Documentation and Support
  • Do Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 also apply to Apps? Apps we can download via Playstore or Appstore?

Continuing Education Recognition Available

Certificate Credit hours
Certificate of Attendance 1.5