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  1. Confluence Data Center
  2. CONFSERVER-12383

Section 508 Compliance for Confluence (VPAT)


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      Atlassian update - March 2022

      Hi everyone

      Thank you for your interest in this issue by either voting, commenting or watching. We may be closing this issue but are continuing with our efforts to update accessibility in Confluence Server and Data Center.

      We have just published a refreshed VPAT document for Confluence Server and Data Center and the Data Center apps, Team Calendars for Confluence, Questions for Confluence and Analytics for Confluence that you can find here: Atlassian Accessibility.

      Ensuring we have an up-to-date VPAT is just the first step. In place of this ticket, we are creating detailed accessibility issues that can be watched and tracked. We’ll make sure to include resolved issues in release notes.

      For further details, you may also be interested in reading this post on Community: Updated VPAT documents are available for Data Center products.


      Makisa | Principal Product Manager, Data Center Products


      Make Confluence Section 508 accessibility standard compliant.


      Indicative of the requirements are in the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) for Web-based Internet information and applications:

      (a) A text equivalent for every non-text element shall be provided (e.g., via "alt", "longdesc", or in element content).
      (b) Equivalent alternatives for any multimedia presentation shall be synchronized with the presentation.
      (c) Web pages shall be designed so that all information conveyed with color is also available without color, for example from context or markup.
      (d) Documents shall be organized so they are readable without requiring an associated style sheet.
      (e) Redundant text links shall be provided for each active region of a server-side image map.
      (f) Client-side image maps shall be provided instead of server-side image maps except where the regions cannot be defined with an available geometric shape.
      (g) Row and column headers shall be identified for data tables.
      (h) Markup shall be used to associate data cells and header cells for data tables that have two or more logical levels of row or column headers.
      Frames shall be titled with text that facilitates frame identification and navigation
      (j) Pages shall be designed to avoid causing the screen to flicker with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.
      (k) A text-only page, with equivalent information or functionality, shall be provided to make a web site comply with the provisions of this part, when compliance cannot be accomplished in any other way. The content of the text-only page shall be updated whenever the primary page changes.
      (l) When pages utilize scripting languages to display content, or to create interface elements, the information provided by the script shall be identified with functional text that can be read by Assistive Technology.
      (m) When a web page requires that an applet, plug-in or other application be present on the client system to interpret page content, the page must provide a link to a plug-in or applet that complies with §1194.21(a) through (l).
      When electronic forms are designed to be completed on-line, 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.
      (o) A method shall be provided that permits users to skip repetitive navigation links.

      Jira has a request here: http://jira.atlassian.com/browse/JRA-5574

            mappleton@atlassian.com Makisa Appleton
            achowdhury Adnan Chowdhury [Atlassian]
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