Section 508 is a 1998 amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that establishes federal accessibility guidelines for electronic and information technology. South Carolina has mandated that state agency Web sites become compliant by July 21, 2006. Winthrop University is included in this state-wide accessibility initiative.
Studies have shown users want to know the file type of files requiring a download to view. Users with low bandwidth want to know the file size to get a sense of the time required to view a resource. Even today, the number of internet users who have high speed access would surprise you.
The Winthrop University site uses Adobe Acrobat to display certain documents. All Adobe files should follow these basic accessibility guidelines before being uploaded to the Winthrop University website:
For assistance using assistive technology to access a PDF, check out Adobe's "Accessing PDF Documents with Assistive Technology: A Screen Reader User's Guide." (PDF - 368 KB)
All Excel files must follow these basic accessibility guidelines before being permitted on the Winthrop University website:
Use the Document Information Panel to view or change the document properties.