From: Stat-Ease, Inc.
To: Whom it may concern
Re: Section 508 compliance

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

The purpose of the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, or VPAT, is to assist Federal contracting officials and other buyers in making preliminary assessments regarding the availability of commercial “Electronic and Information Technology” products and services with features that support accessibility. See www.section508.gov for further information on Section 508 provisions.

Date: May 11, 2015
Name of Product: Design-Expert 9® and Design-Ease 9® Software
Contact for more Information: Neal Vaughn, ph. 612-746-2034, neal@statease.com

Summary Table

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

Criteria

Supporting Features

Remarks and explanations

Section 1194.21 Software Applications and Operating Systems

Supports.

Section 508 compliant with caveats noted in 1194.21 table.

Section 1194.22 Web-based Internet Information and Applications

Not applicable.

 

Section 1194.23 Telecommunications Products

Not applicable.

 

Section 1194.24 Video and Multi-media Products

Not applicable.

 

Section 1194.25 Self-Contained, Closed Products

Not applicable.

 

Section 1194.26 Desktop and Portable Computers

Not applicable.

 

Section 1194.31 Functional Performance Criteria

Supports.

 

Section 1194.41 Information, Documentation and Support

Supports.

 

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

Criteria

Supporting Features

Remarks and explanations

(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.

Supports.

Mouse functions have keystroke equivalents for non-graphical functions.

(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.

Supports.

Does not override or interfere with OS accessibility functions.

(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.

Supports.

Focus controlled and displayed by standards OS functions.

(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.

Supports with exceptions.

Interface elements presented through tooltips and associated menu items. Analysis buttons display text as a graphic image. Navigation can be accomplished via key strokes.

(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.

Supports.

Bitmap controls have a text identifier in the bit map, next to it, or in a popup.

(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.

Supports.

Standard OS calls used for text display.

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

Supports.

Most OS attributes not overridden those that are can be configured. In general, Design-Expert and Design-Ease use system colors and contrasts.  Overridden system colors and/or contrasts are re-configurable by the user by setting preferences within the software.

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

Not applicable.

No animation used.

(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.

Supports.

: color coding used in conjunction with other attributes. Does not apply to some color enhancements on graphs.

(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.

Supports. A wide choice of colors is available.

(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.

Supports No flashing or blinking text or objects used.

(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.

Supports

Software uses standard Windows calls for these functions. Providing the assistive technology employed also uses these calls, then the program is compliant.

 

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Section 1194.22 Web-based Internet information and applications – Detail
Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

Criteria

Supporting Features

Remarks and explanations

(a) A text equivalent for every non-text element shall be provided (e.g., via "alt", "longdesc", or in element content).

Not applicable.

This is not a web-based product.

(b) Equivalent alternatives for any multimedia presentation shall be synchronized with the presentation.

Not applicable.

This is not a web-based product.

(c) Web pages shall be designed so that all information conveyed with color is also available without color, for example from context or markup.

Not applicable.

This is not a web-based product.

(d) Documents shall be organized so they are readable without requiring an associated style sheet.

Not applicable.

This is not a web-based product.

(e) Redundant text links shall be provided for each active region of a server-side image map.

Not applicable.

This is not a web-based product.

(f) Client-side image maps shall be provided instead of server-side image maps except where the regions cannot be defined with an available geometric shape.

Not applicable.

This is not a web-based product.

(g) Row and column headers shall be identified for data tables.

Not applicable.

This is not a web-based product.

(h) Markup shall be used to associate data cells and header cells for data tables that have two or more logical levels of row or column headers.

Not applicable.

This is not a web-based product.

(i) Frames shall be titled with text that facilitates frame identification and navigation

Not applicable.

This is not a web-based product.

(j) Pages shall be designed to avoid causing the screen to flicker with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.

Not applicable.

This is not a web-based product.

(k) A text-only page, with equivalent information or functionality, shall be provided to make a web site comply with the provisions of this part, when compliance cannot be accomplished in any other way. The content of the text-only page shall be updated whenever the primary page changes.

Not applicable.

This is not a web-based product.

(l) When pages utilize scripting languages to display content, or to create interface elements, the information provided by the script shall be identified with functional text that can be read by Assistive Technology.

Not applicable.

This is not a web-based product.

(m) When a web page requires that an applet, plug-in or other application be present on the client system to interpret page content, the page must provide a link to a plug-in or applet that complies with §1194.21(a) through (l).

Not applicable.

This is not a web-based product.

(n) When electronic forms are designed to be completed on-line, 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.

Not applicable.

This is not a web-based product.

(o) A method shall be provided that permits users to skip repetitive navigation links.

Not applicable.

This is not a web-based product.

(p) When a timed response is required, the user shall be alerted and given sufficient time to indicate more time is required.

Not applicable.

This is not a web-based product.

Note to 1194.22: The Board interprets paragraphs (a) through (k) of this section as consistent with the following priority 1 Checkpoints of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG 1.0) (May 5 1999) published by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium: Paragraph (a) - 1.1, (b) - 1.4, (c) - 2.1, (d) - 6.1, (e) - 1.2, (f) - 9.1, (g) - 5.1, (h) - 5.2, (i) - 12.1, (j) - 7.1, (k) - 11.4.

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Section 1194.23 Telecommunications Products – Detail
Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

Criteria

Supporting Features

Remarks and explanations

(a) Telecommunications products or systems which provide a function allowing voice communication and which do not themselves provide a TTY functionality shall provide a standard non-acoustic connection point for TTYs. Microphones shall be capable of being turned on and off to allow the user to intermix speech with TTY use.

Not applicable.

This is not a telecommunications product.

(b) Telecommunications products which include voice communication functionality shall support all commonly used cross-manufacturer non-proprietary standard TTY signal protocols.

Not applicable.

This is not a telecommunications product.

(c) Voice mail, auto-attendant, and interactive voice response telecommunications systems shall be usable by TTY users with their TTYs.

Not applicable.

This is not a telecommunications product.

(d) Voice mail, messaging, auto-attendant, and interactive voice response telecommunications systems that require a response from a user within a time interval, shall give an alert when the time interval is about to run out, and shall provide sufficient time for the user to indicate more time is required.

Not applicable.

This is not a telecommunications product.

(e) Where provided, caller identification and similar telecommunications functions shall also be available for users of TTYs, and for users who cannot see displays.

Not applicable.

This is not a telecommunications product.

(f) For transmitted voice signals, telecommunications products shall provide a gain adjustable up to a minimum of 20 dB. For incremental volume control, at least one intermediate step of 12 dB of gain shall be provided.

Not applicable.

This is not a telecommunications product.

(g) If the telecommunications product allows a user to adjust the receive volume, a function shall be provided to automatically reset the volume to the default level after every use.

Not applicable.

This is not a telecommunications product.

(h) Where a telecommunications product delivers output by an audio transducer which is normally held up to the ear, a means for effective magnetic wireless coupling to hearing technologies shall be provided.

Not applicable.

This is not a telecommunications product.

(i) Interference to hearing technologies (including hearing aids, cochlear implants, and assistive listening devices) shall be reduced to the lowest possible level that allows a user of hearing technologies to utilize the telecommunications product.

Not applicable.

This is not a telecommunications product.

(j) Products that transmit or conduct information or communication, shall pass through cross-manufacturer, non-proprietary, industry-standard codes, translation protocols, formats or other information necessary to provide the information or communication in a usable format. Technologies which use encoding, signal compression, format transformation, or similar techniques shall not remove information needed for access or shall restore it upon delivery.

Not applicable.

This is not a telecommunications product.

(k)(1) Products which have mechanically operated controls or keys shall comply with the following: Controls and Keys shall be tactilely discernible without activating the controls or keys.

Not applicable.

This is not a telecommunications product.

(k)(2) Products which have mechanically operated controls or keys shall comply with the following: Controls and Keys shall be operable with one hand and shall not require tight grasping, pinching, twisting of the wrist. The force required to activate controls and keys shall be 5 lbs. (22.2N) maximum.

Not applicable.

This is not a telecommunications product.

(k)(3) Products which have mechanically operated controls or keys shall comply with the following: If key repeat is supported, the delay before repeat shall be adjustable to at least 2 seconds. Key repeat rate shall be adjustable to 2 seconds per character.

Not applicable.

This is not a telecommunications product.

(k)(4) Products which have mechanically operated controls or keys shall comply with the following: The status of all locking or toggle controls or keys shall be visually discernible, and discernible either through touch or sound.

Not applicable.

This is not a telecommunications product.

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Section 1194.24 Video and Multi-media Products – Detail

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

Criteria

Supporting Features

Remarks and explanations

a) All analog television displays 13 inches and larger, and computer equipment that includes analog television receiver or display circuitry, shall be equipped with caption decoder circuitry which appropriately receives, decodes, and displays closed captions from broadcast, cable, videotape, and DVD signals. As soon as practicable, but not later than July 1, 2002, widescreen digital television (DTV) displays measuring at least 7.8 inches vertically, DTV sets with conventional displays measuring at least 13 inches vertically, and stand-alone DTV tuners, whether or not they are marketed with display screens, and computer equipment that includes DTV receiver or display circuitry, shall be equipped with caption decoder circuitry which appropriately receives, decodes, and displays closed captions from broadcast, cable, videotape, and DVD signals.

Not applicable.

This is not a video or multi-media product.

(b) Television tuners, including tuner cards for use in computers, shall be equipped with secondary audio program playback circuitry.

Not applicable.

This is not a video or multi-media product.

(c) All training and informational video and multimedia productions which support the agency's mission, regardless of format, that contain speech or other audio information necessary for the comprehension of the content, shall be open or closed captioned.

Not applicable.

This is not a video or multi-media product.

(d) All training and informational video and multimedia productions which support the agency's mission, regardless of format, that contain visual information necessary for the comprehension of the content, shall be audio described.

Not applicable.

This is not a video or multi-media product.

(e) Display or presentation of alternate text presentation or audio descriptions shall be user-selectable unless permanent.

Not applicable.

This is not a video or multi-media product.

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Section 1194.25 Self-Contained, Closed Products – Detail
Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

Criteria

Supporting Features

Remarks and explanations

(a) Self contained products shall be usable by people with disabilities without requiring an end-user to attach Assistive Technology to the product. Personal headsets for private listening are not Assistive Technology.

Not applicable.

This is not a self-contained or closed product.

(b) When a timed response is required, the user shall be alerted and given sufficient time to indicate more time is required.

Not applicable.

This is not a self-contained or closed product.

(c) Where a product utilizes touchscreens or contact-sensitive controls, an input method shall be provided that complies with §1194.23 (k) (1) through (4).

Not applicable.

This is not a self-contained or closed product.

(d) When biometric forms of user identification or control are used, an alternative form of identification or activation, which does not require the user to possess particular biological characteristics, shall also be provided.

Not applicable.

This is not a self-contained or closed product.

(e) When products provide auditory output, the audio signal shall be provided at a standard signal level through an industry standard connector that will allow for private listening. The product must provide the ability to interrupt, pause, and restart the audio at anytime.

Not applicable.

This is not a self-contained or closed product.

(f) When products deliver voice output in a public area, incremental volume control shall be provided with output amplification up to a level of at least 65 dB. Where the ambient noise level of the environment is above 45 dB, a volume gain of at least 20 dB above the ambient level shall be user selectable. A function shall be provided to automatically reset the volume to the default level after every use.

Not applicable.

This is not a self-contained or closed product.

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

Not applicable.

This is not a self-contained or closed product.

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

Not applicable.

This is not a self-contained or closed product.

(i) Products shall be designed to avoid causing the screen to flicker with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.

Not applicable.

This is not a self-contained or closed product.

(j) (1) Products which are freestanding, non-portable, and intended to be used in one location and which have operable controls shall comply with the following: The position of any operable control shall be determined with respect to a vertical plane, which is 48 inches in length, centered on the operable control, and at the maximum protrusion of the product within the 48 inch length on products which are freestanding, non-portable, and intended to be used in one location and which have operable controls.

Not applicable.

This is not a self-contained or closed product.

(j)(2) Products which are freestanding, non-portable, and intended to be used in one location and which have operable controls shall comply with the following: Where any operable control is 10 inches or less behind the reference plane, the height shall be 54 inches maximum and 15 inches minimum above the floor.

Not applicable.

This is not a self-contained or closed product.

(j)(3) Products which are freestanding, non-portable, and intended to be used in one location and which have operable controls shall comply with the following: Where any operable control is more than 10 inches and not more than 24 inches behind the reference plane, the height shall be 46 inches maximum and 15 inches minimum above the floor.

Not applicable.

This is not a self-contained or closed product.

(j)(4) Products which are freestanding, non-portable, and intended to be used in one location and which have operable controls shall comply with the following: Operable controls shall not be more than 24 inches behind the reference plane.

Not applicable.

This is not a self-contained or closed product.

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Section 1194.26 Desktop and Portable Computers – Detail

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

Criteria

Supporting Features

Remarks and explanations

(a) All mechanically operated controls and keys shall comply with §1194.23 (k) (1) through (4).

Not applicable.

This product is not a desktop or portable computer.

(b) If a product utilizes touchscreens or touch-operated controls, an input method shall be provided that complies with §1194.23 (k) (1) through (4).

Not applicable.

This product is not a desktop or portable computer.

(c) When biometric forms of user identification or control are used, an alternative form of identification or activation, which does not require the user to possess particular biological characteristics, shall also be provided.

Not applicable.

This product is not a desktop or portable computer.

(d) Where provided, at least one of each type of expansion slots, ports and connectors shall comply with publicly available industry standards

Not applicable.

This product is not a desktop or portable computer.

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Section 1194.31 Functional Performance Criteria – Detail

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

Criteria

Supporting Features

Remarks and explanations

(a) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require user vision shall be provided, or support for Assistive Technology used by people who are blind or visually impaired shall be provided.

Supports with exceptions.

Text based information is supported via Assistive Technology as noted in section 1194.21. Graphical information may not be supported.

(b) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require visual acuity greater than 20/70 shall be provided in audio and enlarged print output working together or independently, or support for Assistive Technology used by people who are visually impaired shall be provided.

Supports.

The application supports assistive technology for use by people who are visually impaired. See section 1194.21.

(c) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require user hearing shall be provided, or support for Assistive Technology used by people who are deaf or hard of hearing shall be provided

Supports.

This product does not require user hearing.

(d) Where audio information is important for the use of a product, at least one mode of operation and information retrieval shall be provided in an enhanced auditory fashion, or support for assistive hearing devices shall be provided.

Not applicable.

This product does not rely on or use auditory output.

(e) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require user speech shall be provided, or support for Assistive Technology used by people with disabilities shall be provided.

Supports.

This product does not require user speech.

(f) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require fine motor control or simultaneous actions and that is operable with limited reach and strength shall be provided.

Supports.

This application does not require fine motor control or multiple simultaneous keystrokes.

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Section 1194.41 Information, Documentation and Support – Detail

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

Criteria

Supporting Features

Remarks and explanations

(a) Product support documentation provided to end-users shall be made available in alternate formats upon request, at no additional charge

Supports.

Manual is provided in both electronic and print form.

(b) End-users shall have access to a description of the accessibility and compatibility features of products in alternate formats or alternate methods upon request, at no additional charge.

Supports.

this information is available on our web site at www.statease.com/vpat508.html.

(c) Support services for products shall accommodate the communication needs of end-users with disabilities.

Supports with alternate means of access.

Phone support during business hours and email support provided in lieu of TTY support.

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THE INFORMATION AND MATERIALS PROVIDED IN THIS DOCUMENT ARE "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. Stat-Ease further does not warrant the accuracy and completeness of the information or materials on this document. The information shall not be construed as product specifications for purposes of any warranty of compliance with product specifications in a given contract or order. Stat-Ease may make changes to the information on this document or to the products described in them, at any time without notice. The information and materials on this document may be out of date, and Stat-Ease makes no commitment to update the information and materials.

If you would like a printed copy of this statement, please contact our office at 1.612.378.9449 or info@statease.com.

Neal Vaughn, Principal
Stat-Ease, Inc.