What is Section 508
Section 508 is a US Government law requiring that technology be accessible to people with disabilities http://www.section508.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Content&ID=3.
Bindows 508 support
Using the Bindows technology it is possible to migrate existing web applications and web pages to be 508-compatible (yes, even Ajax applications with very rich GUI).
Bindows enables developers to reach all audiences effectively and efficiently by building Ajax and Web 2.0 applications that meet Government and international standards for accessibility.
The Bindows framework now includes support for accessibility (US Government Section-508 requirements) in Internet Explorer for visually impaired users. With the Accessibility module, developers can make existing and new Bindows applications available to these users with a few simple steps.
The Bindows framework enables the fastest time to market for Ajax and Web 2.0 applications that work with leading screen readers, such as JAWS, without requiring any download or installation (zero-footprint).
Bindows components come with accessibility descriptions and instructions by default, but developers can now also create new accessible custom components or customize the built-in behavior to comply with various application specific requirements.
Enabling accessibility mode in Bindows provides supports for:
Text-to-speech screen readers:
- Jaws (http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_products/software.asp)
- Window Eyes (http://www.gwmicro.com/)
Please start your assistive technology software, then try out the Bindows Accessibility test application with IE.
A step-by-step description of these procedures is available in the Bindows Accessibility - Developers Guide (pdf)
Bindows and TPG
Working closely with The Paciello Group (TPG), international experts and pioneers in the field of accessible interface design, the Bindows development team spent over a year solving many of the technical complexities that accessibility requirements pose to Ajax and Web 2.0 applications. The Bindows framework now leads the market by enabling the fastest time to market for Ajax and Web 2.0 applications that work with leading screen readers, such as JAWS, without requiring any download or installation (zero-footprint.)
"Bindows represents a major advancement in the accessibility of rich internet and Web 2.0 applications and, I am very happy to say, raises the bar for Ajax accessibility," said Mike Paciello, founder and president of The Paciello Group. MB Technologies and TPG are committed to continued enhancement of Bindows to ensure that it empowers developers with the framework and toolset they need to create Section 508 and W3C compliant applications. Bindows 2.0 represents that level of commitment, establishing MB Technologies as a frontrunner in the pursuit of Ajax and dynamic web application accessibility.
Bindows 508 Migration
Using Bindows, now you can revamp your web application or web page and become 508 compliant.
Your IT people or consultants can do it, you can even hire us to do it for you.
Please write to us us at firstname.lastname@example.org, describe your situation, desired time frame and any special requirements you may have - we will promptly return to you and discuss the optimal way to proceed.