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TITLE 1ADMINISTRATION
PART 10DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION RESOURCES
CHAPTER 213ELECTRONIC AND INFORMATION RESOURCES
SUBCHAPTER ADEFINITIONS
RULE §213.1Applicable Terms and Technologies for Electronic and Information Resources

The following words and terms, when used with this chapter, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

  (1) Alternate formats--Alternate formats usable by people with disabilities may include, but are not limited to, Braille, ASCII text, large print, recorded audio, and electronic formats that comply with this chapter.

  (2) Alternate methods--Different means of providing information, including product documentation, to people with disabilities. Alternate methods may include, but are not limited to, voice, fax, relay service, TTY, Internet posting, captioning, text-to-speech synthesis, and audio description.

  (3) Assistive technology--Any item, piece of equipment, or system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is commonly used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.

  (4) Buy Accessible Wizard--A Web-based application (http://www.buyaccessible.gov) that guides users through a process of gathering data and providing information about Electronic and Information Resources and §508 compliance, or other tools/resources developed by or for the Federal Government to indicate product/service compliance with the §508 standards (http://www.section508.gov).

  (5) Commercially unavailable--An electronic or information resource for a specific function or business area that is not available in the commercial marketplace for purchase or development.

  (6) Electronic and information resources--Includes information technology and any equipment or interconnected system or subsystem of equipment, that is used in the creation, conversion, duplication, or delivery of data or information. The term electronic and information resources includes, but is not limited to, telecommunications products (such as telephones), information kiosks and transaction machines, World Wide Web sites, multimedia, and office equipment such as copiers and fax machines. The term does not include any equipment that contains embedded information technology that is used as an integral part of the product, but the principal function of which is not the acquisition, storage, manipulation, management, movement, control, display, switching, interchange, transmission, or reception of data or information. For example, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) equipment such as thermostats or temperature control devices, and medical equipment where information technology is integral to its operation, are not information technology.

  (7) Electronic and information resources accessibility standards--Texas accessibility standards for Electronic and Information Resources that comply with the applicable specifications contained in Subchapter B, §§213.10 - 213.16 of this chapter for state agencies and Subchapter C, §§213.30 - 213.36 of this chapter for institutions of higher education.

  (8) Exception--A justified, documented non-conformance with one or more standards or specifications of Chapter 206 and/or Chapter 213 of this title, which has been approved by the Executive Director of an Agency or the President or Chancellor of an Institution of Higher Education.

  (9) Exemption--A justified, documented non-conformance with one or more standards or specifications of Chapter 206 and/or Chapter 213 of this title, which has been approved by the department and which is applicable statewide.

  (10) Information technology--Any equipment or interconnected system or subsystem of equipment, that is used in the automatic acquisition, storage, manipulation, management, movement, control, display, switching, interchange, transmission, or reception of data or information. The term includes computers (including desktop and laptop computers), ancillary equipment, desktop software, client-server software, mainframe software, Web application software and other types of software, firmware and similar procedures, services (including support services), and related resources.

  (11) Operable controls--A component of a product that requires physical contact for normal operation. Operable controls include, but are not limited to, mechanically operated controls, input and output trays, card slots, keyboards, and keypads.

  (12) Product--Electronic and information technology.

  (13) Self Contained, Closed Products--Products that generally have embedded software and are commonly designed in such a fashion that a user cannot easily attach or install assistive technology. These products include, but are not limited to, information kiosks and information transaction machines, copiers, printers, calculators, fax machines, and other similar products.

  (14) Telecommunications--The transmission, between or among points specified by the user, of information of the user's choosing, without change in the form or content of the information as sent and received.

  (15) Training/Technical Assistance--Accessibility training and technical assistance for Web content providers/developers on compliance with the accessibility standards.

  (16) TTY--An abbreviation for teletypewriter. Machinery or equipment that employs interactive text based communications through the transmission of coded signals across the telephone network. TTYs may include, for example, devices known as TDDs (telecommunication display devices or telecommunication devices for deaf persons) or computers with special modems. TTYs are also called text telephones.

  (17) Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)--A Web based summary to assist contracting officials and other buyers in making preliminary assessments regarding the availability of commercial Electronic and Information Resources products and services with features that support accessibility. The VPAT forms and additional information are available at http://www.section508.gov.

  (18) Web Accessibility Standards--Texas Web accessibility standards for Web pages and Web content that comply with the applicable specifications contained in Chapter 206, Subchapter B, §206.50(a)(1) of this title for state agencies and Chapter 206, Subchapter C, §206.70(a)(1) of this title for institutions of higher education.


Source Note: The provisions of this §213.1 adopted to be effective April 27, 2006, 31 TexReg 3379; amended to be effective September 16, 2008, 33 TexReg 7744

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