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508 Statement

Softerra products meet the "Section 508" technical standards of 1194.21, as and to the extent stated in the accompanying Voluntary Product Accessibility Template ("VPAT"). We therefore certify compliance with the following solicitation requirement, or similar solicitation requirements:

"All electronic and information technology (EIT) procured through this Statement of Work/Bill of Materials and any resulting contract, task order, delivery order, or purchase order must meet the applicable accessibility standards at 36 CFR 1194, unless an agency exception to this requirement exists. 36 CFR 1194 implements Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and is viewable here. The contractor shall indicate for each line item in the schedule whether each product or service is compliant or noncompliant with the accessibility standards at 36 CFR 1194. Further, the proposal must indicate where full details of compliance can be found (e.g., vendor's website or other exact location)."

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

The purpose of the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, or VPAT, is to assist Federal contracting officials and other buyers in making preliminary assessments regarding the availability of commercial Electronic and Information Technology products and services with features that support accessibility. It is assumed and recommended that offerors will provide additional contact information to facilitate more detailed inquiries.

April 29, 2009
Name of Products:
Softerra Adaxes (all editions).
Contact for more Information:
Softerra, Inc.
9450 SW Gemini Dr #90434
Beaverton, OR 97008-7105

Section 1194.21 Software Applications and Operating Systems - Detail Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

Criteria Supporting Features Remarks and explanations
(a) When software is designed to run on a system that has a keyboard, product functions shall be executable from a keyboard where the function itself or the result of performing a function can be discerned textually. Supported All the application features are available from keyboard. Softerra Adaxes comes with pre-defined keyboard shortcuts, but end users can adjust them according to their personal preferences.
(b) Applications shall not disrupt or disable activated features of other products that are identified as accessibility features, where those features are developed and documented according to industry standards. Applications also shall not disrupt or disable activated features of any operating system that are identified as accessibility features where the application programming interface for those accessibility features has been documented by the manufacturer of the operating system and is available to the product developer. Supported Softerra Adaxes does not disrupt or disable accessibility features of other products or the user's operating system.
(c) A well defined on-screen indication of the current focus shall be provided that moves among interactive interface elements as the input focus changes. The focus shall be programmatically exposed so that Assistive Technology can track focus and focus changes. Supported Softerra Adaxes uses two foci. There is a caret focus for text fields, and another focus to highlight selected features and buttons of the interface and to assist the user in navigating the features.
(d) Sufficient information about a user interface element including the identity, operation and state of the element shall be available to Assistive Technology. When an image represents a program element, the information conveyed by the image must also be available in text. Supported Features and functions in Softerra Adaxes are described with text, and in some cases, supplemental graphical icons. All the toolbars items have both icons and text representation. Toolbars can be switched a to mode when only text is displayed. The textual information describes the features or functions in the program.
(e) When bitmap images are used to identify controls, status indicators, or other programmatic elements, the meaning assigned to those images shall be consistent throughout an application's performance. Supported Images used to supplement textual commands are symbolic of the features or functions they represent. Furthermore, each image is used to represent only one feature or function.
(f) Textual information shall be provided through operating system functions for displaying text. The minimum information that shall be made available is text content, text input caret location, and text attributes. Supported Textual information about program functions in Softerra Adaxes is compatible with the display functions of the user's operating system.
(g) Applications shall not override user selected contrast and color selections and other individual display attributes. Supported Softerra Adaxes does not override any system display options.
(h) When animation is displayed, the information shall be displayable in at least one non-animated presentation mode at the option of the user. Supported Softerra Adaxes provides optional text status for all the animation controls.
(i) Color coding shall not be used as the only means of conveying information, indicating an action, prompting a response, or distinguishing a visual element. Supported Softerra Adaxes does not use color-coding as the only means of conveying information.
(j) When a product permits a user to adjust color and contrast settings, a variety of color selections capable of producing a range of contrast levels shall be provided. Supported When it comes to adjust colors Softerra Adaxes provides a color picker capable of selecting any color available on the target system.
(k) Software shall not use flashing or blinking text, objects, or other elements having a flash or blink frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz. Supported Softerra Adaxes has no flashing or blinking elements frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.
(l) When electronic forms are used, the form shall allow people using Assistive Technology to access the information, field elements, and functionality required for completion and submission of the form, including all directions and cues. Supported Softerra Adaxes fully supports Assistive Technology.

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