PeopleTools 8.54: Accessibility
By Matthew Haavisto on Aug 04, 2014
This entry is one of a series of posts that will introduce readers to important features of this landmark release.
PeopleTools has long supported accessibility, and with PeopleTools 8.54 we are able to conform to WCAG 2.0 AA standards. This means that upcoming PeopleSoft applications that are built on PeopleTools 8.54 will be designed to conform to those standards. Customers that build pages, add-on applications, or customizations can also create conforming pages using PeopleTools 8.54. Most enterprises--especially those with a global footprint--are requiring WCAG conformance for the software they use. In fact many companies that operate in the U.S. only are using the WCAG standards as the basis for their requirements.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are part of a series of guidelines published by the W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative. Their goal is to make content accessible, primarily for disabled users but also for all user agents, including highly limited devices, such as mobile phones. The current version (2.0) of the guidelines is also an ISO standard: ISO/IEC 40500:2012. WCAG 2.0 is an international standard used in most countries that enforce accessibility regulations. The new standard provides additional requirements to address new web technologies and has become the standard by which many organizations monitor software compliance. WCAG 2.0 extends standards described in WCAG 1.0 as well as the U.S.-specific regulations described in section 508 of Federal access standards.