5-1 Software and Operating Systems Accessibility

Software is a program that runs on electronic equipment. For a program to be considered accessible, assistive technology should be able to work with it to allow its features and functions to be understood.

Software developers are responsible for helping the screen reader understand the screen. Blind users, for instance, do not use mice. A program that required the use of a mouse would not comply with Section 508. Blind users need an alternative method to understand the functions of a toolbar, radio buttons, push buttons, drop–down menus, or pop–up messages explaining the function of an icon.