Understanding Accessibility

If you are new to accessibility, review "Understanding accessibility" before completing the checklist or contacting the Human Ability and Accessibility Center for help.

IBM software accessibility checklist

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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.


IBM Software accessibility checklist - Version 3.6
1 Keyboard access Yes No
Planned
N/A
Comments
1.1 Keyboard equivalents. Provide keyboard equivalents for all actions.

1.2 Keyboard accessibility features. Do not interfere with keyboard accessibility features built into the operating system.

2 Object information Yes No
Planned
N/A
Comments
2.1 Visual focus indicator. Provide a visual focus indicator that moves among interactive objects as the input focus changes. This focus indicator must be programmatically exposed to assistive technology.

2.2 Information about user interface objects. Provide semantic information about user interface objects. When an image represents a program element, the information conveyed by the image must also be available in text.

2.3 Labels. Associate labels with controls, objects, icons and images. If an image is used to identify programmatic elements, the meaning of the image must be consistent throughout the application.

2.4 Forms. When electronic forms are used, the form shall allow people using assistive technology to access the information, field elements and functionality required for completion and submission of the form, including all directions and cues.

3 Sounds and multimedia Yes No
Planned
N/A
Comments
3.1 Visual cue for all audio alerts. Provide an option to display a visual cue for all audio alerts.

3.2 Audio and video. Provide accessible alternatives to significant audio and video.

3.3 Adjust the volume. Provide an option to adjust the volume.

4 Display Yes No
Planned
N/A
Comments
4.1 Text. Provide text through standard system function calls or through an API (application programming interface) which supports interaction with assistive technology.

4.2 Use of color. Use color as an enhancement, not as the only way to convey information or indicate an action.

4.3 High contrast. Support system settings for high contrast for all user interface controls and client area content.

4.4 Variety of color. When color customization is supported, provide a variety of color selections capable of producing a range of contrast levels.

4.5 System settings for font, size, and color. Inherit system settings for font, size, and color for all user interface controls.

4.6 Animation. Provide an option to display animation in a non-animated presentation mode.

5 Timing Yes No
Planned
N/A
Comments
5.1 Response times. Provide an option to adjust the response times on timed instructions or allow the instructions to persist.

5.2 Flashing or blinking text, objects, or other elements. Do not use flashing or blinking text, objects, or other elements having a flash or blink frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.

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