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Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

The VPAT should be completed by the developer offering the product or service. This should be an individual who has some knowledge of Section 508 and who is knowledgeable about the design of and features available for the product or service. The VPAT contains two columns to be completed by the creator, one is labeled Supporting Features and the other is labeled Remarks and Explanations. The first blank column should contain specific language describing whether the criteria are supported, and the second should contain commentary on why the criteria were judged as they were. This commentary may include things like accessibility features, detail of where in the product an exception occurs, or an explanation of equivalent methods of facilitation. The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) suggests using the following terms to describe the supporting features in the first blank column on the VPAT.
  • Supports: Use this language when you determine the product fully meets the letter and intent of the criteria.

  • Supports with exceptions: Use this language when you determine the product does not fully meet the letter and intent of the criteria, but provides some level of access relative to the criteria.

  • Supports through equivalent facilitation: Use this language when you have identified an alternate way to meet the intent of the criteria or when the product does not fully meet the intent of the criteria. Note: Functional equivalency means that the standard is met through an innovative solution such that the feature performs in the same manner as for any other users.

  • Supports when combined with compatible AT: Use this language when you determine the product fully meets the letter and intent of the criteria when used in combination with compatible assistive technology (AT). For example, many software programs can provide speech output when combined with a compatible screen reader (commonly used assistive technology for people who are blind).

  • Does not support: Use this language when you determine the product does not meet the letter or intent of the criteria.

  • Not applicable: Use this language when you determine that the criteria do not apply to the specific product.

  • Not applicable - fundamental alteration exception applies: Use this language when you determine a fundamental alteration of the product would be required to meet the criteria.

Below are two sample VPATs for PDF documents. The first is an example of a VPAT for a relatively accessible PDF. The second is an example of a VPAT for a relatively inaccessible PDF.

PDF Voluntary Product Accessibility Template #1 - Relatively accessible PDF

PDF Voluntary Product Accessibility Template #2 - Relatively inaccessible PDF