“A text-only page, with equivalent information or functionality, shall be provided to make a web site comply with the provisions of these standards, when compliance cannot be accomplished in any other way. The content of the text-only page shall be updated whenever the primary page changes. – §1194.22(k)

Why it matters

The “paragraph (k) exemption” is a legal means of providing a simplified version of a document’s content if no other means is available to convey the document’s content with appropriate markup.

EXAMPLE: A story is told completely in pictures and/or video.
RESOLUTION: Rather than type a description for each of the elements, link to an equivalent text only version of the story. 

In practical terms, while it would be acceptable to provide text-only version of a PDF document, in reality the document could (and should) simply be made accessible.  

What happens when I verify this Checkpoint?

State of Oklahoma regulations note. The source (PDF) document has to be made as “accessible as possible” and must be posted on the website in addition to the text only version.

This checkpoint prompts the user for a PassFail or Not Applicable judgment for the document as a whole on the following question:

If this is a document that “cannot be made accessible” has a text-only “equivalent” been provided?

The State of Oklahoma does not permit a “text only” version alone to replace the PDF document. The remediator must certify that the PDF has been made as “accessible as possible” as posted in that condition in addition to any other “text only” alternative.

When to Pass or Fail this Checkpoint?

Section 508 1194.22

PassThe document is not accessible but fully equivalent content has been provided in an accessible fashion.
FailThe document is not accessible and there is no fully equivalent and accessible version provided.
Not ApplicableThe document is accessible.
RemediationTypically, return to the author for an improved and accessible design, or provide content meeting the terms for “text only equivalent” per paragraph (k).

 When to Pass or Fail this Checkpoint?

State of Oklahoma

PassThe document is not accessible but has been made “as accessible as possible.” Fully equivalent content has been provided in an accessible fashion.
FailThe document has not been made “as accessible as possible,” and there is no fully equivalent and accessible version provided.
Not ApplicableThe document is accessible.
RemediationMake the file “as accessible as possible,” post online in that condition while providing text-equivalent content.

 

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