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Resources for Developers and Document Authors
Social Security Administration software developers and electronic content authors use a variety of accessibility guides and training materials to make the content provided on socialsecurity.gov accessible. SSA makes these resources available as a public service to assist anyone interested in developing and authoring accessible electronic content.
Accessibility Best Practices Library
The Social Security Administration Accessibility Best Practices Library is used by agency developers and electronic content authors to assist with designing and authoring accessible electronic content. The Library is designed to be used as a set of voluntary implementation guidelines to assist with solving common accessibility challenges. Each best practice includes:
- A concise explanation of the problem being addressed;
- An interactive example showing the solution;
- Real world examples of common accessibility issues;
- A detailed look at how the example was built;
- Downloadable example code, style sheets, scripts, and images; and
- Testing methodologies for each example provided
Alternative Text Guide
Alternative text can be applied to images, charts, diagrams, buttons, and other interface elements to convey information and purpose textually. Problems occur when alternative text is written incorrectly, confuses users, or does not provide the correct context. While the creation of alternative text is not an exact science, SSA strives to provide meaningful alternative text by following the practical guidance contained in this comprehensive reference guide.
Accessible Document Authoring & Testing
On socialsecurity.gov, the agency aims to provide an accessible HTML equivalent of all electronic documents provided on the site. In situations where this is not possible, the agency's goal is to provide each electronic document in an accessible format. Whereas the Section 508 accessibility standards currently do not provide specific technical guidance on what constitutes an accessible electronic document, the agency uses the following guides to author and test Word, PowerPoint, Excel and PDF documents for accessibility.
Paper Prototype Accessibility Checklist
When developing complex interactive web based electronic content, SSA follows the best practice of considering accessibility and Section 508 requirements very early in the planning and design stages, before work on development begins. This simple checklist can help designers of interactive web content identify and understand the accessibility implications of various design choices during early prototyping activities.
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Web Accessibility Problems
Please report website accessibility problems to the Social Security webmaster, firstname.lastname@example.org. In your message, include the website address or URL and the specific problems you have encountered.