Name of Product: Oracle Forms Services 11gR2 (11.1.2.2.0)

Last Updated: 05-Dec-2013

This VPAT covers the development and runtime environment of Oracle Forms 11g R2 (11.1.2.2.0).  Oracle Forms is a tool used to create applications, and includes features to make information available to users of assistive technology. Oracle Forms is capable of generating code that meets the applicable provisions of Section 508, when used in accordance with its written documentation, and when general accessibility best practices are followed.

 Information about how to install and configure Oracle Forms to use with assistive technology can be found in the on-line help topic "Oracle Forms Accessibility Information", in the installation guide, and at the Oracle Accessibility Program web site at http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/accessibility/resources/forms-applications-accessibility-1358647.pdf

The information below describes this product's ability to support the applicable U.S. Section 508 standards, subject to Oracle's interpretation of those standards and the remarks in this document. This product does not display 'web pages', thus the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0 are not applicable.

For more information regarding the accessibility status of this product or other Oracle products, see http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/accessibility or contact: accessible_ww@oracle.com.

 


Note: This document is provided for information purposes only and the contents hereof are subject to change without notice. Oracle Corporation does not warrant that this document is error free, nor does it provide any other warranties or conditions, whether expressed orally or implied in law, including implied warranties and conditions of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Oracle Corporation specifically disclaims any liability with respect to this document and no contractual obligations are formed either directly or indirectly by this document. Oracle further makes no representation concerning the ability of assistive technologies or other products to interoperate with Oracle products. This document addresses the named product(s) only and not prerequisite products for which Oracle supplies restricted use licenses.

Section 1194.21 Software Applications and Operating Systems

Criteria
Supporting Features
Remarks (e.g., definition, equivalent facilitation, scope of support provided)
1194.21(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. Product has been developed to conform to this standard subject to the remarks on the right.

The product is composed of components that were tested for:

  • Tab order through the product controls and selectable elements
  • Use of keyboard to perform selection and actions
  • Buttons have additional shortcut keys to enable quicker navigation.

Note that objects are currently not accessible by keyboard in the layout editor (Bug 3608449).  The workaround is to use the object navigator. 

1194.21(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. Product has been developed to conform to this standard subject to the remarks on the right.

The Platform defines a set of built-in accessibility features, including:

  • the ability to enter multi-key keystrokes by pressing only one key at a time (known as “Sticky Keys”)
  • the ability to slow the keyboard repeat rate (known as “Slow Keys”)
  • the ability to change the platform text size, up to 200% of normal (as part of the define “Large Print” theme setting)
  • the ability to set a high contrast theme or screen setting (as part of the define “High Contrast” theme setting)
  • the ability to enter text using speech recognition as an alternative to the keyboard
  • the ability to magnify portions of the screen
  • the ability to narrate portions of the screen
  • the ability to provide visual notifications of error sounds

The UI Toolkit components respects these Platform settings, and have been tested for compatibility with them.

1194.21(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. Product has been developed to conform to this standard subject to the remarks on the right.

The product was tested for:

  • Visual cue or feedback to the position of the cursor within the product
  • Cursor focus is programmatically exposed
1194.21(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. Product has been developed to conform to this standard subject to the remarks on the right.

The Platform accessibility API defines an accessible name, accessible role, a set of accessible states, accessible value, and alternate accessible text for images.

The UI Toolkit components implement the Platform accessibility API, and stock components support exposing the accessible name, role, and states to assistive technologies. Where appropriate, stock components also expose the value and a description of images to assistive technologies via the Platform accessibility API.

The product was tested for:

  • Controls have a programmatically associated name, with attributes including LABEL and TOOL-TIP.
  • Additional state information is programmatically exposed, such as selection and whether a field is required.
  • All built-in images are purely decorative.
  • Images that convey information can have meaningful alternative text supplied.
1194.21(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. Product has been developed to conform to this standard subject to the remarks on the right.

The Platform accessibility API defines an accessible name, and an accessible description that applies to images, including how to indicate that an image is purely decorative.

The UI Toolkit components implement the Platform accessibility API, and stock components that can display images support exposing the accessible name, and description to assistive technologies. Applications built with this tool are capable of  meeting the standards if the application designer/developer follows the guidelines and applies the accessibility standards appropriately.

Except for purely decorative images, descriptive text is (or can be) provided.

1194.21(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. Product has been developed to conform to this standard subject to the remarks on the right.

The Platform accessibility API defines an accessible name to be used for short text contents (e.g. the “OK” of a button, the “File” of a menu item), as well as a set of accessible text API calls that provide the text content, the text input caret location, and the attributes of every character of text. Text attributes include the boundary of the text, the font size, and the font style.

The UI Toolkit components implement the Platform accessibility API, and stock components support exposing the accessible name to assistive technologies. Furthermore, stock components that support displaying large chunks of text, including editable text components, support the accessible text API calls.

1194.21(g) Applications shall not override user selected contrast and color selections and other individual display attributes. Product has been developed to conform to this standard subject to the remarks on the right.

The Platform defines several sets of themes, including a high contrast theme where there is a luminosity contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1.

The UI Toolkit stock components respect the platform color and contrast settings, including the high contrast theme.

1194.21(h) When animation is displayed, the information shall be displayable in at least one non-animated presentation mode at the option of the user. Product has been developed to conform to this standard subject to the remarks on the right.

The Form Builder product does not contain any moving or blinking items, and the UI Toolkit stock components don't support moving or blinking.

1194.21(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. Product has been developed to conform to this standard subject to the remarks on the right.

The UI Toolkit stock components do not use color as the sole means of conveying information by default.

1194.21(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. Product has been developed to conform to this standard subject to the remarks on the right.

The product was tested for:

  • Product offers color contrast setting (high contrast)
  • Contrast setting is consistent through the user session
  • Windows or other OS-level color settings not over-ruled by the product
1194.21(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. Product has been developed to conform to this standard subject to the remarks on the right.

The product does not use flashing or blinking text, objects or other elements.

1194.21(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. Product has been developed to conform to this standard subject to the remarks on the right.

The product was tested for:

  • Controls have a programmatically associated name, and attributes including LABEL and TOOL-TIP.
  • Screen elements under magnification retain readability and are recognizable

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Section 1194.22 Web-based Internet Information and Applications

Criteria
Supporting Features
Remarks (e.g., definition, equivalent facilitation, scope of support provided)
1194.22(a) A text equivalent for every non-text element shall be provided (e.g., via "alt", "longdesc", or in element content). Not Applicable

      

1194.22(b) Equivalent alternatives for any multimedia presentation shall be synchronized with the presentation. Not Applicable  
1194.22(c) Web pages shall be designed so that all information conveyed with color is also available without color, for example from context or markup. Not Applicable  
1194.22(d) Documents shall be organized so they are readable without requiring an associated style sheet. Not Applicable  
1194.22(e) Redundant text links shall be provided for each active region of a server-side image map. Not Applicable  
1194.22(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. Not Applicable  
1194.22(g) Row and column headers shall be identified for data tables. Not Applicable  
1194.22(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. Not Applicable  
1194.22(i) Frames shall be titled with text that facilitates frame identification and navigation. Not Applicable  
1194.22(j) Pages shall be designed to avoid causing the screen to flicker with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz. Not Applicable  
1194.22(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. Not Applicable  
1194.22(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. Not Applicable  
1194.22(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). Not Applicable  
1194.22(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. Not Applicable  
1194.22(o) A method shall be provided that permits users to skip repetitive navigation links. Not Applicable  
1194.22(p) When a timed response is required, the user shall be alerted and given sufficient time to indicate more time is required. Not Applicable  

Note to 1194.22: The Board interprets paragraphs (a) through (k) of this section as consistent with the following priority 1 Checkpoints of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG 1.0) (May 5 1999) published by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium: Paragraph (a) - 1.1, (b) - 1.4, (c) - 2.1, (d) - 6.1, (e) - 1.2, (f) - 9.1, (g) - 5.1, (h) - 5.2, (i) - 12.1, (j) - 7.1, (k) - 11.4.

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Section 1194.23 Telecommunications Products

Criteria
Supporting Features
Remarks (e.g., definition, equivalent facilitation, scope of support provided)
1194.23(a) Telecommunications products or systems which provide a function allowing voice communication and which do not themselves provide a TTY functionality shall provide a standard non-acoustic connection point for TTYs. Microphones shall be capable of being turned on and off to allow the user to intermix speech with TTY use. Not Applicable

       

1194.23(b) Telecommunications products which include voice communication functionality shall support all commonly used cross-manufacturer non-proprietary standard TTY signal protocols. Not Applicable

      

 

1194.23(c) Voice mail, auto-attendant, and interactive voice response telecommunications systems shall be usable by TTY users with their TTYs. Not Applicable

      

 

1194.23(d) Voice mail, messaging, auto-attendant, and interactive voice response telecommunications systems that require a response from a user within a time interval, shall give an alert when the time interval is about to run out, and shall provide sufficient time for the user to indicate more time is required. Not Applicable

      

 

1194.23(e) Where provided, caller identification and similar telecommunications functions shall also be available for users of TTYs, and for users who cannot see displays. Not Applicable

      

 

1194.23(f) For transmitted voice signals, telecommunications products shall provide a gain adjustable up to a minimum of 20 dB. For incremental volume control, at least one intermediate step of 12 dB of gain shall be provided. Not Applicable

 

      

 

1194.23(g) If the telecommunications product allows a user to adjust the receive volume, a function shall be provided to automatically reset the volume to the default level after every use. Not Applicable

      

1194.23(h) Where a telecommunications product delivers output by an audio transducer which is normally held up to the ear, a means for effective magnetic wireless coupling to hearing technologies shall be provided. Not Applicable

      

 

1194.23(i) Interference to hearing technologies (including hearing aids, cochlear implants, and assistive listening devices) shall be reduced to the lowest possible level that allows a user of hearing technologies to utilize the telecommunications product. Not Applicable

      

 

1194.23(j) Products that transmit or conduct information or communication, shall pass through cross-manufacturer, non-proprietary, industry-standard codes, translation protocols, formats or other information necessary to provide the information or communication in a usable format. Technologies which use encoding, signal compression, format transformation, or similar techniques shall not remove information needed for access or shall restore it upon delivery. Not Applicable

      

 

1194.23(k)(1) For products which have mechanically operated controls or keys, controls and keys shall be tactilely discernible without activating the controls or keys. Not Applicable

      

 

1194.23(k)(2) For products which have mechanically operated controls or keys, controls do not require tight grasping, pinching or twisting of the wrist to operate. Not Applicable

      

 

1194.23(k)(3) If key repeat is supported, the delay before repeat shall be adjustable to at least 2 seconds. Key repeat rate shall be adjustable to 2 seconds per character. Not Applicable

      

 

1194.23(k)(4) The status of all locking or toggle controls or keys shall be visually discernible, and discernible either through touch or sound. Not Applicable

 

      

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Section 1194.24 Video and Multimedia Products

Criteria
Supporting Features
Remarks (e.g., definition, equivalent facilitation, scope of support provided)
1194.24(a) All analog television displays 13 inches and larger, and computer equipment that includes analog television receiver or display circuitry, shall be equipped with caption decoder circuitry which appropriately receives, decodes, and displays closed captions from broadcast, cable, videotape, and DVD signals. As soon as practicable, but not later than July 1, 2002, widescreen digital television (DTV) displays measuring at least 7.8 inches vertically, DTV sets with conventional displays measuring at least 13 inches vertically, and stand-alone DTV tuners, whether or not they are marketed with display screens, and computer equipment that includes DTV receiver or display circuitry, shall be equipped with caption decoder circuitry which appropriately receives, decodes, and displays closed captions from broadcast, cable, videotape, and DVD signals. Not Applicable  
1194.24(b) Television tuners, including tuner cards for use in computers, shall be equipped with secondary audio program playback circuitry. Not Applicable  
1194.24(c) All training and informational video and multimedia productions which support the agency's mission, regardless of format, that contain speech or other audio information necessary for the comprehension of the content, shall be open or closed captioned. Not Applicable  
1194.24(d) All training and informational video and multimedia productions which support the agency's mission, regardless of format, that contain visual information necessary for the comprehension of the content, shall be audio described. Not Applicable  
1194.24(e) Display or presentation of alternate text presentation or audio descriptions shall be user-selectable unless permanent. Not Applicable  

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Section 1194.25 Self Contained, Closed Products

Criteria
Supporting Features
Remarks (e.g., definition, equivalent facilitation, scope of support provided)
1194.25(a) Self contained products shall be usable by people with disabilities without requiring an end-user to attach assistive technology to the product. Personal headsets for private listening are not assistive technology. Not Applicable  
1194.25(b) When a timed response is required, the user shall be alerted and given sufficient time to indicate more time is required. Not Applicable  
1194.25(c) Where a product utilizes touchscreens or contact-sensitive controls, an input method shall be provided that complies with Section 1194.23 (k) (1) through (4). Not Applicable  
1194.25(d) When biometric forms of user identification or control are used, an alternative form of identification or activation, which does not require the user to possess particular biological characteristics, shall also be provided. Not Applicable  
1194.25(e) When products provide auditory output, the audio signal shall be provided at a standard signal level through an industry standard connector that will allow for private listening. The product must provide the ability to interrupt, pause, and restart the audio at anytime. Not Applicable  
1194.25(f) When products deliver voice output in a public area, incremental volume control shall be provided with output amplification up to a level of at least 65 dB. Where the ambient noise level of the environment is above 45 dB, a volume gain of at least 20 dB above the ambient level shall be user selectable. A function shall be provided to automatically reset the volume to the default level after every use. Not Applicable  
1194.25(g) Color coding shall not be used as the only means of conveying information, indicating an action, prompting a response, or distinguishing a visual element. Not Applicable  
1194.25(h) When a product permits a user to adjust color and contrast settings, a range of color selections capable of producing a variety of contrast levels shall be provided. Not Applicable  
1194.25(i) Products shall be designed to avoid causing the screen to flicker with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz. Not Applicable  
1194.25(j)(1) The position of any operable control shall be determined with respect to a vertical plane, which is 48 inches in length, centered on the operable control, and at the maximum protrusion of the product within the 48 inch length on products which are freestanding, non-portable, and intended to be used in one location and which have operable controls. Not Applicable  
1194.25(j)(2) Where any operable control is 10 inches or less behind the reference plane, the height shall be 54 inches maximum and 15 inches minimum above the floor. Not Applicable  
1194.25(j)(3) Where any operable control is more than 10 inches and not more than 24 inches behind the reference plane, the height shall be 46 inches maximum and 15 inches minimum above the floor. Not Applicable  
1194.25(j)(4) Operable controls shall not be more than 24 inches behind the reference plane. Not Applicable  

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Section 1194.26 Desktop and Portable Computers

Criteria
Supporting Features
Remarks (e.g., definition, equivalent facilitation, scope of support provided)
1194.26(a) All mechanically operated controls and keys shall comply with Section 1194.23 (k) (1) through (4). Not Applicable  
1194.26(b) If a product utilizes touchscreens or touch-operated controls, an input method shall be provided that complies with Section 1194.23 (k) (1) through (4). Not Applicable  
1194.26(c) When biometric forms of user identification or control are used, an alternative form of identification or activation, which does not require the user to possess particular biological characteristics, shall also be provided. Not Applicable  
1194.26(d) Where provided, at least one of each type of expansion slots, ports and connectors shall comply with publicly available industry standards. Not Applicable  

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Section 1194.31 Functional Performance Criteria

Criteria
Supporting Features
Remarks (e.g., definition, equivalent facilitation, scope of support provided)
1194.31(a) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require user vision shall be provided, or support for assistive technology used by people who are blind or visually impaired shall be provided. Yes Subject to the information provided in this document, this product has been developed to conform to the applicable technical provisions of the 508 standards.
 
1194.31(b) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require visual acuity greater than 20/70 shall be provided in audio and enlarged print output working together or independently, or support for assistive technology used by people who are visually impaired shall be provided. Yes Subject to the information provided in this document, this product has been developed to conform to the applicable technical provisions of the 508 standards. 
1194.31(c) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require user hearing shall be provided, or support for assistive technology used by people who are deaf or hard of hearing shall be provided. Not Applicable  
1194.31(d) Where audio information is important for the use of a product, at least one mode of operation and information retrieval shall be provided in an enhanced auditory fashion, or support for assistive hearing devices shall be provided. Not Applicable  
1194.31(e) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require user speech shall be provided, or support for assistive technology used by people with disabilities shall be provided. Not Applicable  
1194.31(f) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require fine motor control or simultaneous actions and that is operable with limited reach and strength shall be provided. Yes Subject to the information provided in this document, this product has been developed to conform to the applicable technical provisions of the 508 standards. 

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Section 1194.41 Information, Documentation and Support

Criteria
Supporting Features
Remarks (e.g., definition, equivalent facilitation, scope of support provided)
1194.41(a) Product support documentation provided to end-users shall be made available in alternate formats upon request, at no additional charge. Documentation for this product is available in accessible electronic format.  
1194.41(b) End-users shall have access to a description of the accessibility and compatibility features of products in alternate formats or alternate methods upon request, at no additional charge. Documentation for this product is available in accessible electronic format.  
1194.41(c) Support services for products shall accommodate the communication needs of end-users with disabilities. Oracle customers have access to electronic support through My Oracle Support or by calling Oracle Support at 1.800.223.1711. Hearing-impaired customers in the U.S. who wish to speak to an Oracle Support representative may use a telecommunications relay service (TRS). Information about the TRS is available at http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/trs.html, and a list of telephone numbers is available at http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/dro/trsphonebk.html. International hearing-impaired customers should use the TRS at +1.605.224.1837. An Oracle Support engineer will respond to technical issues according to the standard service request process.   

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