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Lawrence Malakhoff

KEY WORDS: accessibility, X-12 ARIMA, Win X-12, screen-reader, Federal regulations, user-interface evaluation.


Users of the Win X-12 application will be X-12 ARIMA users who wish to create charts and graphs. Some of them may have visual disabilities. According to Federal regulations, computer users who have visual and/or other disabilities are entitled to have the same access as users who do not currently have any disabilities. To assess the compliance of the Win X-12 application with the Federal regulations, the present evaluation was performed in January 2008 using the Job Access With Speech (JAWS) screen-reader, software used by people with visual disabilities. Although the evaluation revealed general compliance with the federal regulations, it also found some instances of non-compliance. For example, indicators of position and status (selected, not selected) of list-box entries were not accessible, and list-boxes were not labeled. These omissions violate the Federal regulations. This report uses screen shots to illustrate how compliance with Federal regulations can be accomplished, and it includes recommendations to improve the accessibility of the Win X-12 user interface.


Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Statistical Research Division

Created: March 26, 2008
Last revised: March 26, 2008

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