The Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) was developed by ITI and GSA to assist Federal contracting officials and other buyers in making preliminary assessments regarding the availability of commercial Information and Communication Technology (ICT) products and services with features that support accessibility.
Oracle uses the VPAT to represent the degree of conformance to various accessibility standards and guidelines, including Section 508 (as released in 2001), WCAG 1.0, and WCAG 2.0. Depending on when a product was developed and released, different standards may be listed. Oracle is an active member on the ITI group that is working to enhance the VPAT to address future standards.
Oracle products are extremely complex enterprise-class applications, where real world accessibility is achieved through correct configuration of many Oracle and third party components (application, server operating system, browser, and assistive technology, for example.) This matrix may at times result in defects at the time of release. In other cases we might include recently acquired applications that have not yet been fully evaluated for accessibility. You should read our VPATs carefully and assess the applicability of any defects or exceptions listed for your particular deployment; often customers only use a subset of any one product, so a known defect or exception may not be significant in that context.
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 VPAT; for example, 'Oracle General Ledger' may be included within the VPAT of a larger product suite such as 'Oracle Financials'.