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At the CMAC Accessibility Committee meeting held on Monday, December 10th, committee members discussed the possibility of granting an extension to agencies with respect to making existing PDF documents compliant with the State Web Site Accessibility Policy.
As the ability to create properly tagged PDF forms and documents just recently became available with the launch of Adobe Acrobat 5, those committee members at the meeting were generally in favor of granting a one-year extension, to expire December 31, 2002, as follows:
The following will be granted an extension:
Existing "legacy" documents (i.e. reports, papers, etc.) will be converted to a format that complies with the policy by December 31, 2002.
Existing forms which can be filled out using a computer, but are not submitted electronically (i.e. printed, signed, and mailed) will be converted to a format that complies with the policy by December 31, 2002.
The following will not be granted an extension:
Web content that will not be granted an exception are forms that are designed to be filled in online and submitted electronically. These forms, whether PDF or HTML, must be made compliant with the policy by January 31, 2002.
Effective January 31, 2002, any new forms, documents and/or web pages added to any agency web site must be compliant with the state policy.
If you have any questions, I can be reached at the telephone number and email address listed below.Kathleen Anderson, Chair State of Connecticut CMAC Web Site Accessibility Committee email: email@example.com phone: (860) 702-3355 URL: http://www.cmac.state.ct.us/access/