The checklists and techniques are updated to address new requirements identified during the annual review or they are updated to address new accessibility regulations and legislation. The purpose of this document is to track the changes made for each update.

Summary of changes to the Software accessibility checklist

Date Checklist version Comments
January 18, 2016 6.0

Created a new checklist in anticipation of Section 508 Refresh requirements.

New checkpoints have been added - some are required, others are deferred until July 2016. For now, compliance reporting will still reflect Section 508.

September 27, 2013 3.6

Updated Software Checkpoint 1.1 Keyboard equivalents to clarify guidance on creating an accessible toolbar.

August 30, 2013 3.6

Added statement regarding Windows 7 support for inheriting new color scheme in dialog boxes. Clarified Windows XP and Windows 7 steps for setting font size and color scheme.

Updated checkpoints 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 with clarification of debug techniques and content for iOS developers.

January 25, 2013 3.6

Added guidance for iOS mobile platform. Additions made to Checkpoints 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.3, 4.5.

Added corrections for OS X (Mac) platform to Checkpoints 1.2, 3.1.

December 1, 2013 3.6

Checkpoints 3.3 and 4.3: Added guidance for testing these checkpoints on Windows 7.

August 30, 2012 3.6

Checkpoint 4.5: Added guidance for setting large and extra large fonts on Windows 7. Added guidance for testing with the Windows Classic theme on Windows 7.

April 29, 2011 3.6

Clarification to the required test techniques in checkpoint 4.5 regarding the potential need to restart applications in order for changes to system font, size and/or color to take effect.

October 1, 2009 3.6

Update the checkpoints for current techniques and guidance.

Merge the Java and Software checklists.

Remove test checkpoint since test is covered in all checkpoints.




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Last updated 18 January, 2016.