The original Voluntary Product Accessibility Template®--or VPAT®--was a tool developed through collaborative efforts of the Information Technology Industry Council and the U.S. General Services Administration. Their goal was to develop an industry standard rubric for assessing the extent to which a commercial electronic and information technology product conforms with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, Section 1194.22 of which has significant overlap with several Priority 1 Checkpoints of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG 1.0).
Together with the Accessibility Roadmap, the VPAT furthers our commitment to improved product accessibility and Section 508 compliance for all users.
Accessibility Conformance Report
In 2017, new standards were ushered in as the new WCAG 2.0. This update resulted in the "VPAT 2.0," also known as the Accessibility Conformance Report. The Accessibility Conformance Report Template includes criteria from WCAG 2.0, EN 301 549 and 2017 Section 508. The 2017 Section 508 is also called the "Revised Section 508."
The Accessibility Conformance Report consists of two areas that evaluate our products' conformance against the criteria: Tables (1-4) and Chapters (3-6):
The terminology used in "Supporting Features" (second column) is predefined and consistent across all tables in the Accessibility Conformance Report. The conformance level terminology used in the "Support Features" column dictates the content of "Remarks and Explanations" (third column):
Conformance Level Terminology used in "Supporting Features"
What this terminology means
How to complete "Remarks and Explanations"
|Supports||The functionality of the product has at least one method that meets the criteria without known defects or meets with equivalent facilitation||List exactly what features of the product do meet the Criteria, and describe how they are used to support the Criteria|
|Supports with Exceptions||Some functionality of the product does not meet the criteria||
List exactly what features of the product do meet the Criteria, and describe how they are used to support the Criteria,
List exactly what features of the product do not meet the Criteria, and describe how they fail to support the Criteria
|Does Not Support||Majority of functionality of the product does not meet the criteria||Describe exactly how the product does not support the Criteria|
|Not Applicable||The criteria are not relevant to the product||Describe exactly why the Criteria is not applicable to the product|
The product has not been evaluated against the criteria*
*Limited to WCAG 2.0 Level AAA)