Documentation checklist

Use this checklist for:

Provide documentation on all accessibility features including keyboard access. Techniques pages, accessed via the link in each checkpoint, may contain more recent updates. Be sure to review the techniques pages for the latest accessibility guidance

***Important Note***

Section 508 requirements for web-based documentation have been incorporated into the IBM Accessibility Checklist for Web and Web-Based Documentation, version 6.1, published on August 25, 2016. Teams should use this 6.1 checklist for web-based documentation such as:

Non-web documentation should continue to be tested against the IBM Documentation checklist version 2.1, below.

IBM Documentation accessibility checklist - Version 2.1
Checkpoint Yes No
1. Provide documentation in an accessible format.

1.1 Non-text Content: All non-text content that is presented to the user has a text alternative that serves the equivalent purpose.

1.2 Information and relationships: Define information, structure, and relationships.

1.3 Color & contrast: Any information that is conveyed by color is also evident without color.

1.4 Meaningful sequence: Define document reading order.

1.5 Forms: Define form element labels.

1.6 Tables: Identify table cells and relationships between cells.

1.7 Threshold violations: Do not include text or images that flash more than 2 times in a one second period.

1.8 Navigation: Provide an accessible method to navigate long documents.

1.9 Language of page: Define the default language.

2. Document all accessibility features

2.1 Provide documentation on all accessibility features including keyboard access.


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Last updated November 1, 2012

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