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Accessibility Center Hardware Accessibility

Hardware Accessibility

Use this checklist for:

  • personal computers
  • server hardware

Understanding Accessibility

If you are new to accessibility, review "Understanding Accessibility" before completing the checklist.

IBM Hardware Accessibility Checklist

Techniques pages, accessed via the link in each checkpoint, may contain more recent updates than the checklist itself. Be sure to review the techniques pages for the latest accessibility guidance. For convenience in completing the hardware accessibility checklist, save this page and edit the HTML file.


IBM Hardware Accessibility Checklist - Version 3.1

1 Controls and latches. Yes No
Planned
N/A
Comments
1.1 Controls and latches should be reachable and operable with one hand and minimal dexterity.    
1.2 Provide alternative forms of user identification for biometric identification.    
1.3 Provide an alternative input method for touchscreens or touch-operated controls.    
2 Keys, Keyboards and Keypads. Yes No
Planned
NA
Comments
2.1 Provide the status of all locking or toggle keys visually and either through touch or sound.    
2.2 Provide keys which are tactilely discernible without activating them.    
2.3 If keyboard repeat is supported, the delay before repeat shall be adjustable to at least 2 seconds. Key repeat rate shall be adjustable to 2 seconds per character.    
3 Drives and removable media. Yes No
Planned
NA
Comments
3.1 Allow frequently accessed media to be inserted and removed using minimal reach and manual dexterity.    
4 Alternate external connections. Yes No
Planned
NA
Comments
4.1 Provide industry standard ports for alternative input and output devices.    
5 Color and Contrast. Yes No
Planned
NA
Comments
5.1 Use color as an enhancement, not as the only way to convey information or distinguish keys, controls and labels.    
6 Sounds. Yes No
Planned
NA
Comments
6.1 Provide an interface so that use of system sounds can be known to software.    
6.2 Provide a physical volume control or provide an interface so that volume can be controlled with software.    
7 Documentation. Yes No
Planned
NA
Comments
7.1 Upon request, provide documentation in an accessible format.    
7.2 Provide documentation on all accessibility features.    

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Use the appropriate checklist to assess software that is included with hardware systems, including any software that is used to administer or control servers:

References

Additional references on hardware accessibility issues.

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