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3:6 Test Plug-Ins and Applets for Accessibility

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3:6 Test Plug-Ins and Applets for Accessibility

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To ensure accessibility, test any applets, plug-ins or other applications required to interpret page content to ensure that they can be used by assistive technologies.


Applets, plug-ins and other software can create problems for people using assistive technologies, and should be thoroughly tested for accessibility.


  • United States Government, Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (amended in 1998), Section 508. Retrieved November 2005, from

Related Resources:

  • Title: Section 508
    Description: Section 508 requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities. IT Accessibility & Workforce Division, in the U.S. General Services Administration's Office of Governmentwide Policy, has been charged with the task of educating Federal employees and building the infrastructure necessary to support Section 508 implementation. Using this web site, Federal employees and the public can access resources for understanding and implementing the requirements of Section 508.
  • Title: Web Accessibility Initiative
    Description: Guidelines widely regarded as the international standard for Web accessibility
  • Title: WebAIM Section 508 Checklist
    Description: Provides a checklist of 508 items for HTML.