Oracle documents the accessibility status of each product or product family using the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT). The VPAT was created by a partnership of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to create a simple document that could be used by Federal contracting and procurement officials to evaluate a product with respect to the provisions contained in Section 508.
Oracle VPATs contain information such as the minimum version and patch level of a product that includes the listed accessibility features. Any version of a product prior to these version and patch levels may not meet the applicable standards.
Each VPAT may point out specific features which may not be accessible but have alternative solutions; in some cases, a VPAT may point out a specific feature that is not currently accessible and has no alternate solution. In situations where an entire component of a product is not accessible, this will be clearly indicated in the text at the top of the VPAT, and responses to the technical and functional provisions will only pertain to those components that are accessible. We do this in order to simplify the reading of the VPAT, and not 'branch' each provision based on the different components.
When filling out a VPAT for a product that only contains HTML, we only fill out section 1194.22 in the technical provisions; section 1194.21 is completed for products other than HTML. For products that additionally meet the WCAG 1.0 'AA' guidelines, or for which those guidelines do not apply because the product contains no HTML, Oracle includes additional text in the VPAT to so indicate.
Note that there is not always a one-to-one mapping of VPATs to products listed on the Oracle store; in some cases a specific product may be embedded in a larger scoped VPATe.g. 'Payroll' may be included within the VPAT of an entire suite such as 'PeopleSoft Applications'.