Is the Directory and Resource Administrator Web Console Section 508 compliant? (NETIQKB51553)

  • 7751553
  • 02-Feb-2007
  • 19-Jun-2007


Is the Directory and Resource Administrator Web Console "Section 508" compliant?

How do I ensure "Section 508" compliance with DRA?

What is "Section 508" compliance?

Directory and Resource Administrator 7.x


At this time, the Directory and Resource Administrator (DRA) Web Console client is not fully "Section 508" compliant. For example, you can use the Tab key to move between fields and the arrow keys to move between option buttons, but not all images have ALT tag text.

Technical Support submitted an enhancement request to make a future release of DRA Web Console Section 508-compliant.  For more information, contact NetIQ Technical Support.


The "Section 508" U.S. government standard requires a "minimum level of accessibility" to Web-based technology and content for people with disabilities.  Specifically, this "minimum level of accessibility" addresses people with vision impairments who rely on devices that read HTML and, possibly, generate audible information.  Access guidelines developed by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium provide the basis for the criteria for Web-based technology and content.


Many "Section 508" standards ensure access for people with vision impairments who rely on various assistive products to access computer-based information, such as screen readers, which translate what's on a computer screen into automated audible output, and refreshable Braille displays. Certain conventions are necessary so that these devices can "read" them for the user in a sensible way.  These include verbal tags or identification of graphics and format devices, like frames. 


The standards do not prohibit the use of web site graphics or animation. Instead, the standards aim to ensure such information is also available in an accessible format. Generally, this means use of text labels or descriptors for graphics and certain format elements. HTML code already provides an "Alt Text" tag for graphics which can serve as a verbal descriptor for graphics. This section also addresses the usability of multimedia presentations, image maps, style sheets, scripting languages, applets and plug-ins, and electronic forms. The standards apply to Federal web sites but not to private sector web sites (unless a site is provided under contract to a Federal agency, in which case only that web site or portion covered by the contract would have to comply). Accessible sites offer significant advantages that go beyond minimal access. For example, those with "text-only" options provide a faster downloading alternative and can facilitate transmission of web-based data to cell phones and personal digital assistants.

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Formerly known as NETIQKB51553