Web Accessibility

Website Accessibility Statement

St. Mary’s County Library is committed to providing access to its web pages for all individuals including people with disabilities.   Every reasonable effort will be made to ensure that the pages of the library’s website are accessible and will continue to be accessible in accordance with the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998. 

Section 508 requires that members of the public with disabilities, who seek information from a website, have access and use that is comparable to that afforded to all site visitors, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency.

Comments on the accessibility of the website should be sent to our webmaster.

Web Accessibility Action Plan:  To make the stmalib.org domain accessible to all individuals including those individuals with disabilities by conforming to the 508 Guidelines.

Goal 1:  All current information on the stmalib.org domain conforms to the 508 Guidelines



Assess compliance of current pages using WAVE diagnostic tool to evaluate website pages starting with major pages

August 31, 2012

Identify and make those minor changes library staff can correct. (Use of “external link,” “PDF” icons, add alt-text, replace PDFs with accessible ones…)

October 31, 2012

Identify changes requiring Web designer’s assistance and work with designer to resolve issues 

October 31, 2012

Contact and work with SMRLA to obtain compliance with vendors

October 31, 2012

Use 508 Guidelines when editing current pages

Start September 1

Conduct website evaluation by individuals with disabilities

Schedule through Library for the Blind



Goal 2:  All new pages created and/or any content created for or added to any page on the stmalib.org domain conform to the 508 Guidelines.



Create all new pages using 508 Guidelines

September 1, 2012

Create accessible PDFs as much as possible

September 1, 2012

Check pages and contents for accessibility as created or added

September 1, 2012




Goal 3:  The stmalib.org domain will be continuously monitored and maintained for compliance.



Perform audits of website periodically using WAVE

Quarterly starting January 1, 2013

Educate staff to recognize accessibility issues as identified by  user complaints, requests, and questions and to report issues

January 1, 2013

Respond to online users’ complaints/suggestions

January 1, 2013


All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that the pages of this website are accessible in accordance with these Rules of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act: 

a)      A text equivalent for every non-text element shall be provided (e.g., via “alt”, “long desc”, 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.

i)        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).

n)      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.

p)      When a timed response is required, the user shall be alerted and given sufficient time to indicate more time is required.


September 2012