EES Section 508 Accessibility Compliance

Date: 12/01/2005
Name of Product: EES - Engineering Equation Solver

Section 1194.21 Software Applications and Operating Systems - Detail Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

Criteria Supporting Features
(a) When software is designed to run on a system that has a keyboard, product functions shall be executable from a keyboard where the function itself or the result of performing a function can be discerned textually.

Partially Supported:

EES is compatible with the Microsoft Windows® operating systems and supports accessibility features provided by the operating system including StickyKeys.

Keyboard access is provided for most of the commands that can be accessed using a mouse. Keyboard shortcut keystrokes are implemented for many of the menu commands.

Some non-essential EES features, such as highlighting of text, jumps to bookmarks, jumps to child diagram windows, can only be accessed by clicking the right mouse button at this time.

(b) Applications shall not disrupt or disable activated features of other products that are identified as accessibility features, where those features are developed and documented according to industry standards. Applications also shall not disrupt or disable activated features of any operating system that are identified as accessibility features where the application programming interface for those accessibility features has been documented by the manufacturer of the operating system and is available to the product developer.

Fully supported:

EES does not disrupt or disable any accessibility features of the operating system.

EES provides its own font enlargement option in the Preferences/Display tab. With the option, the text size displayed on the screen can be specified.

(c) A well-defined on-screen indication of the current focus shall be provided that moves among interactive interface elements as the input focus changes. The focus shall be programmatically exposed so that Assistive Technology can track focus and focus changes.

Fully supported:

Visual on-screen focus and tracking is provided throughout EES using standard interface protocols implemented in the Microsoft Windows Operating Systems.

(d) Sufficient information about a user interface element including the identity, operation and state of the element shall be available to Assistive Technology. When an image represents a program element, the information conveyed by the image must also be available in text.

Fully supported:

EES uses interface elements implemented in the Microsoft Windows operating systems such as menu bars, toolbars, check boxes and buttons.

(e) When bitmap images are used to identify controls, status indicators, or other programmatic elements, the meaning assigned to those images shall be consistent throughout an application's performance.

Fully supported:

EES utilizes standard and consistent bitmap images; many of these images are used in other common applications.

(f) Textual information shall be provided through operating system functions for displaying text. The minimum information that shall be made available is text content, text input caret location, and text attributes.

Fully supported:

EES uses standard system functions to send textual information to the operating system in all cases.

(g) Applications shall not override user selected contrast and color selections and other individual display attributes.

Fully supported:

EES supports system-wide color settings as identified in the operating system display properties.

(h) When animation is displayed, the information shall be displayable in at least one non-animated presentation mode at the option of the user.

Fully supported:

Animation is not an essential option in in EES. Animation is possibile in the Diagram window of EES, but non-animated presentation is an option.

(i) Color coding shall not be used as the only means of conveying information, indicating an action, prompting a response, or distinguishing a visual element.

Fully supported:

EES, with few exceptions, does not use color to convey information. One exception is in the parametric table in which a color can be used to distinguish user-supplied values from calculated values. However, EES allows font styles to be used to convey this information as well.

(j) When a product permits a user to adjust color and contrast settings, a variety of color selections capable of producing a range of contrast levels shall be provided.

Fully supported:

A minimum of eight colors selections are provided in all instances where EES allows a user to select from a range of colors.

(k) Software shall not use flashing or blinking text, objects, or other elements having a flash or blink frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.

Fully supported:

EES does not use flashing or blinking objects or text except for the standard cursor position indicator used in the operating system to indicate the location of the text input

(l) When electronic forms are used, the form shall allow people using Assistive Technology to access the information, field elements, and functionality required for completion and submission of the form, including all directions and cues.