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Section 508 Compliance: Internal (Non-Public Facing) Document Accessibility

A selection of resources and information on Section 508 Compliance.

What non-public facing documents must be made accessible?

Any official agency communication is required to be Section 508 accessible.  This would include documents such as:

  1. An emergency notification.
  2. An initial or final decision adjudicating an administrative claim/proceeding.
  3. An internal or external program or policy announcement.
  4. A notice of benefits, program eligibility, employment opportunity, or personnel action.
  5. A formal acknowledgement of receipt.
  6. A survey or questionnaire.
  7. A template or form.
  8. Educational or training materials.
  9. Intranet content designed as a web page.


Resources & Checklists


While NOAA does not have an email policy, all NOAA emails should:

  1. Maintain a logical reading order.
  2. Be mindful of color contrast between backgrounds and font and that color should not be the only means of conveying emphasis or importance.  Do not use script-like fonts.
  3. Provide alternative text for images.
  4. Use a descriptive subject line.

For more guidance on composing accessible emails please reference the Department of Health and Human Services Email Checklistbased on WCAG 2.0 requirements.