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Section 508 Accessibility Standards

Hearing assistance and hand signal symbols

  • School websites should be based on simple HTML
  • Avoid the use of animation (animated gifs in particular), advanced technologies such as Flash, dynamic and popup/under menus, and excessive Javascript.   
  • Images and Animations: Use the alt attribute to describe the function of each visual.
  • Image maps: Use the client-side map element and text for hotspots.
  • Multimedia: Provide captioning and transcripts of audio, and descriptions of video.
  • Hypertext links: Use text that makes sense when read out of context. For example, avoid "Click here"
  • Page Organization: Use headings, lists, and consistent structure. Use CSS for layout and style where possible.
  • Graphs and Charts: Summarize or use the longdesc attribute.
  • Scripts, applets, & plug-ins: Provide altenative content in case active features are inaccessible or unsupported.
  • Frames: Use the noframes element and meaningful titles.
  • Tables: Make line-by-line reading sensible. Summarize.



Media Release Permission

NOTE:  The previous Media Release form is no longer required  for use of photos on AACPS web sites. Parents fill out an Emergency Notification form at the beginning of the year which addresses this topic. 

Web Page Assistance

Assistance is available through Web Services, located in the Communications Office. 

Contact Web Services for questions on content & process, design, posting process, & technical issues.