Orbis Online Section 508 Compliance Statement
f. Accessibility Standards
SECTION 508 AND THE NEW FEDERAL ACCESSIBILITY STANDARDS
FOR ELECTRONIC AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (E&IT)
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act imposes new standards governing
the accessibility of electronic and information technology used by the
Federal government. These standards apply to contracts for E&IT
awarded on or after June 25, 2001. Orbis Online, Inc. meets applicable
accessibility standards at 36 CFR 1194 as demonstrated below:
Technical Standards - Software Applications and Operating Systems
Section 21 addresses the needs of the visually impaired. The standards
require compatibility with commonly used assistive technology, such
as screen readers and alternative keyboards. Specific standards address
alternative keyboard navigation, animated displays, color and contrast
settings, flash rates, and electronic forms. Orbis Online's product
functions comply with section 1194.21. All functions are executable
from the keyboard where the function itself or the result of performing
a function can be discerned textually. Orbis Online applications do
not disrupt activated features of other products that are identified
as accessibility features. Within Orbis Online applications, focus determination
can be made from onscreen text and linear features. In Orbis Online
applications, all information is supplied in, at a minimum, textual
form. Orbis Online electronic forms use standard Microsoft Interface
technology. The functionality of graphics and bitmap images remain the
same throughout all applications.
Orbis Online textual standards are provided through industry standard
Microsoft Operating Systems. Orbis Online applications do not override
user-selected contrast and color selections or other individual display
attributes. When animation is displayed, the information is displayable
in at least one non-animated presentation mode at the option of the
user. In the Orbis auction environment color-coding is used to identify
participants. Orbis has taken steps to make sure that auction participants
are also identified by text descriptors. Other measures taken by Orbis
Online include not permitting users to make adjustments to key elements
of the auction environment. Orbis Online applications use blink frequencies
outside the range of 2 Hz to 55 Hz.
1194.22 Orbis Online Web-based Intranet and Internet Information
This standard facilitates accesses for the visually impaired that rely
on assistive devices such as screen readers and refreshable Braille
displays. The standards address requirements such as text equivalents
for graphics that are necessary for assistive devices to "read"
elements of web pages. Graphics and animation must be provided in an
accessible format. Specific standards address the accessibility of multimedia
presentations, image maps, style sheets, scripting languages, applets
and plug-ins, and electronic forms. Orbis Online, Inc. meets applicable
accessibility standards at 36 CFR 1194 as demonstrated below:
a) All non-text elements of Orbis web pages also include text equivalents.
b) Orbis Online utilizes no multimedia in its web pages and auction
c) All Orbis Online web pages are designed so that all information
conveyed with color is also available without color.
d) Documents are organized so they are readable without requiring
an associated style sheet.
e) Redundant text links are provided for each active region of a server-side
f) All of Orbis Online image maps are browser-based and support this
g) Row and column headers are identified for data tables.
h) Markup is used to associate data cells and header cells for data
tables that have two or more logical levels of row or column headers.
i) Frames are titled with text that facilitates frame identification
j) Pages are designed to operate outside the stated frequencies.
k) A text-only page is not required. Orbis Online are in compliance
with this part.
l) Orbis Online utilize scripting languages, but they are displayed
with Java Server Pages (JSP), which can be read by assistive technology.
m) Orbis Online provides links to plug-ins or applets that comply
with 1194.21 (a) through (l).
n) Orbis Online electronic forms allow people using assistive technology
to access the information, field elements, and functionality required
for completion and submission of the form, including all directions
o) Repetitive navigation links are minimized in Orbis Online systems.
p) No timeouts are present, with the exception of the end of a bidding
event, and this is identified by an on-screen timing device.
Note to 1194.22:
Orbis Online applications are in compliance with paragraphs (l), (m),
(n), (o), and (p).
1194.23 Telecommunications Products
This section is designed to ensure access to people with hearing impairments
and address compatibility with hearing aids, cochlear implants, and
assistive listening devices. This section does not apply to Orbis Online,
as Orbis is not a provider of telecommunications products or services.
1194.24 Video and Multimedia Products
This section relates to multimedia products to include video programs,
narrated slide productions, and computer generated programs. Viewers
must be given the capability to turn captioning or video description
features on or off. This section does not apply to Orbis Online, as
Orbis does not provide video and multimedia products.
1194.25 Self Contained or Closed Products
Items in this category include information kiosks, information transaction
machines, copiers, printers, calculators, fax machines and similar types
of equipment that frequently have embedded software but are designed
such that assistive technology cannot be easily attached or installed.
The standards require access features to be built into the system so
that users do not have to attach an assistive device. Standards address
mechanisms for private listening, touch-screens, auditory output and
adjustable volume controls, and the placement of controls within accessible
reach. This section is non-applicable to Orbis Online, as Orbis products
are web-based and are not self-contained or closed.
1194.26 Desktop and Portable Computers
These standards focus on keyboards and other mechanically operated controls,
touch-screens, the use of biometric identification, and ports and connectors.
This section is non-applicable to Orbis Online, as Orbis is not a provider
of desktop or portable computers.
1194.31 Functional Performance Criteria
These standards are designed to ensure that accessible components work
together to create an accessible product. They also apply to technologies
that are not specifically addressed under the other standards. Orbis
Online, Inc. meets applicable accessibility standards at 36 CFR 1194
as demonstrated below:
a) Orbis Online applications support assistive technology used by
people who are blind or visually impaired.
b) The text size in Orbis Online applications can be enlarged to accommodate
visual acuity less than 20/70.
c) Orbis Online applications do not require user hearing.
d) Although bid alerts are audible, bids are also displayed in text.
e) Orbis Online applications do not require user speech.
f) Orbis Online application functions are executable through a simple
1194.41 Information Documentation and Support
End-users must be given access to a description of the accessibility
and compatibility features of products in alternate formats or alternate
methods upon request, at no additional charge. Support services for
products must accommodate the communication needs of end-users with
disabilities. Orbis Online's web pages and auction environment meets
applicable accessibility standards as demonstrated below:
a) Orbis Online product support documentation is available in hard
copy, online, in CD-ROM form. Product support documentation is written
in common, industry standard electronic formats, at no additional
b) End-users have access to a description of the accessibility and
compatibility features in hard copy, online, CD-ROM form and other
common, industry standard electronic formats, at no additional charge.
c) Support services accommodate communication needs of end-users with
disabilities and are available via hard copy, email, TDD, telephone,
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