LEGAL INFORMATION

Wolfram Mathematica® Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

Date: 7/9/14
Name of Product: Wolfram Mathematica for Windows, Mac, and Linux: Version 10
Contact for More Information: compliance@wolfram.com


Summary Table
Criteria Supporting Features Remarks and Explanations
Section 1194.21 Software Applications and Operating Systems Supports through Equivalent Facilitation See Below
Section 1194.22 Web-Based Internet Information and Applications Not Applicable  
Section 1194.23 Telecommunications Products Not Applicable  
Section 1194.24 Video and Multimedia Products Not Applicable  
Section 1194.25 Self-Contained, Closed Products Not Applicable  
Section 1194.26 Desktop and Portable Computers Not Applicable  
Section 1194.31 Functional Performance Criteria Supports through Equivalent Facilitation See Below
Section 1194.41 Information, Documentation, and Support Supports See Below
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Section 1194.21 Software Applications and Operating Systems
Criteria Supporting Features Remarks and Explanations
(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. Supports through Equivalent Facilitation All functionality of Mathematica can be accessed from the keyboard with the exception of palettes, including the Suggestions Bar, Image Assistant, and Drawing Tools in the Wolfram Predictive Interface (new in Version 9). However, equivalent functionality is accessible through the keyboard for these elements.

Keyboard shortcuts are given in the product documentation, linked from:
http://reference.wolfram.com/language/tutorial/KeyboardShortcutListing.html

The product supports functionality that enables the creation of accessible documents (see §1194.41b). It is up to authors to ensure that their documents are compliant with this criteria.
(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. Supports No such disruptions occur.
(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. Supports The caret/selection is only fully painted in the focused window. The product provides operating system support for focused appearance on title bars of windows and keyboard support for focus-switching.
(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. Supports All user interface elements of the Mathematica front end are textual or have tooltips.

The product supports functionality that enables the creation of accessible documents (see §1194.41b). It is up to authors to ensure that their documents are compliant with this criteria.
(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. Supports VCR-style bitmaps appear consistently. Other bitmaps are unique to an individual control, status indicator, or programmatic element.
(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. Supports with Exceptions Text is drawn with appropriate attributes by operating system calls, and the caret location is tracked by the operating system.

Although drawn through standard operating system calls, full textual information inside of UI components and custom widgets might not be programmatically exposed to Assistive Technology.
(g) Applications shall not override user selected contrast and color selections and other individual display attributes. Supports The software offers full support for the operating system's color scheme or theme.
(h) When animation is displayed, the information shall be displayable in at least one non-animated presentation mode at the option of the user. Supports All animations are under full user control and may be slowed down or paused.
(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. Supports No interface elements of the Mathematica front end rely solely on color.

It is up to authors to ensure that their documents are compliant with this criteria.
(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. Supports User selectable colors are fully customizable.
(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. Supports No flashing or blinking elements are present in Mathematica.

It is up to authors to ensure that their documents are compliant with this criteria.
(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. Supports through Equivalent Facilitation Some forms necessary for Mathematica operation are in dialog boxes fully supporting Assistive Technology or work through an externally launched web browser. For other dialog boxes, equivalent functionality can be accessed through the Mathematica kernel with some technical guidance.

The product supports functionality that enables the creation of accessible documents (see §1194.41b). It is up to authors to ensure that their documents are compliant with this criteria.
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Section 1194.31 Functional Performance Criteria
Criteria Supporting Features Remarks and Explanations
(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. Supports through Equivalent Facilitation Text uses standard output mechanism. Extensive import and export capabilities allow users to operate and retrieve information through a custom setup. The Mathematica kernel can be fully accessed through the operating system's command line interface.

The product supports functionality that enables the creation of accessible documents (see §1194.41b). It is up to authors to ensure that their documents are compliant with this criteria.
(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. Supports The software offers full support for the operating system's color scheme or theme. Built-in magnification capabilities allow users to easily adjust the appearance of input and output text as well as palette elements. All default styles can be modified using custom stylesheets, created using the stylesheet editor.

The user may explicitly set some colors in the application, including background, text color, and syntax highlighting. These program-specific attributes are retained from session to session.
(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. Supports No critical functionality of Mathematica relies on sound.

The product supports functionality that enables the creation of accessible documents (see §1194.41b). It is up to authors to ensure that their documents are compliant with this criteria.
(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. Supports No critical functionality relies on sound.

The product supports functionality that enables the creation of accessible documents (see §1194.41b). It is up to authors to ensure that their documents are compliant with this criteria.
(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. Supports Standard usage does not require user speech.

The product supports functionality that enables the creation of accessible documents (see §1194.41b). It is up to authors to ensure that their documents are compliant with this criteria.
(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. Supports Those people with fine motor control problems should be helped by our built-in magnification, which magnifies all palette and document elements. It does not magnify dialog boxes, but equivalent functionality can be accessed through the kernel with technical guidance.

Custom controls can be made accessible through a variety of alternative controllers, at author's discretion.
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Section 1194.41 Information, Documentation, and Support
Criteria Supporting Features Remarks and Explanations
(a) Product support documentation provided to end users shall be made available in alternate formats upon request, at no additional charge. Supports The online version of the documentation is at our website:
http://reference.wolfram.com/language

It is also available in print.
(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. Supports Product documentation includes:

Accessibility features:
http://reference.wolfram.com/language/guide/Accessibility.html

Keyboard shortcuts:
http://reference.wolfram.com/language/tutorial/KeyboardShortcutListing.html

It is also available in print.
(c) Support services for products shall accommodate the communication needs of end users with disabilities. Supports Support is available via telephone and email.
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