November 2018 OET Newsletter
Digital Product Purchases Must Satisfy Accessibility Requirements
To ensure that technology meets accessibility requirements, any digital product or service must now undergo an accessibility review. Products or services include software, websites, web services, online training content, videos, and files. The review, which takes approximately two weeks, consists of submitting the following four items to the University’s Digital Accessibility Steering Committee at email@example.com before you renew product licenses or services or purchase new products:
- An Electronic & Information Technology (EIT) Product/Service Accessibility Questionnaire, completed by the purchaser.
- A Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT), completed by the vendor (version 2.1 is recommended) and requested from the vendor by the purchaser. A VPAT reports on how the product or service meets or does not meet accessibility requirements.
- Any associated contracts, order forms, and license or service agreements.
- Any additional accessibility documentation or statement from the vendor.
The Digital Accessibility Steering Committee determines if a product or service meets the accessibility standards of the latest versions of the Web Accessibility Content Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level A and Level AA, and Web Accessibility Initiative Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA). If a product or service must be made accessible, you must consult with the Digital Accessibility Steering Committee and the vendor to develop a remediation plan and timeline.
The Procurement Services policy on Electronic & Information Technology Accessibility Requirements provides further information on these requirements. If you need assistance in coordinating digital product documentation, contact OET.
Microsoft Office 2011 Uninstall Scheduled
Microsoft has ended support for Office 2011 for the Macintosh. Starting next week, OET will automatically uninstall this version of Office and install Office for Mac 2016 Standard. This process will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Once it completes, you will notice that any Office 2011 application icons on the dock will turn to question marks after clicking on them. You can drag these icons to the trash to remove them. To create new dock icons, you can click once on the individual Office applications on your hard drive, when they are closed, and drag them to your Mac’s dock.
Time to Upgrade to Windows 10
The Office of Educational Technology continues to upgrade Windows 7 systems to Windows 10. Since Windows 7 will not run Windows Defender, the antivirus available on Windows 10 machines, we must upgrade Windows 7 machines by May 2019. Support for the University’s current antivirus software, McAfee VirusScan, will end in June 2019.
If your computer runs Windows 7, contact OET to schedule the upgrade at a convenient time for you, or we will reach out to you to schedule the upgrade.