The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, must
have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates
(1) Section 508--The technical standards issued by
the US Access Board implementing Section 508 of the Rehabilitation
Act of 1973 as amended, 29 U.S.C. §794(d). In particular, the
standards related to web accessibility (WCAG 2.0 AA) contained in
36 CFR Part 1194.
(2) Accessible--A web page that can be used in a variety
of ways and does not depend on a single sense or ability.
(3) Agency head--The top-most senior executive with
operational accountability for an agency, department, commission,
board, office, council, authority, or other agency in the executive
or judicial branch of state government, that is created by the constitution
or a statute of the state; or institutions of higher education, as
defined in §61.003, Education Code.
(4) Alternate formats--Alternate formats usable by
people with disabilities may include, but are not limited to, Braille,
ASCII text, large print, recorded audio, and electronic formats that
comply with this chapter.
(5) Alternate methods--Different means of providing
information, including product documentation, to people with disabilities.
Alternate methods may include, but are not limited to, voice, fax,
relay service, TTY, Internet posting, captioning, text-to-speech synthesis,
and audio description.
(6) Assistive Technologies---Any item, piece of equipment,
or system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized,
that is commonly used to increase, maintain, or improve functional
capabilities of individuals with disabilities.
(7) Contact information--A list of key personnel, positions,
or program names, with corresponding phone numbers and/or email addresses
for each; and other information deemed necessary by the agency or
institution of higher education for facilitating public access.
(8) Compact With Texans--Customer service standards
and performance measures required of state agencies, including institutions
of higher education, by §2113.006 and §2114.006, Texas Government
(9) Electronic and information resources---Includes
information technology and any equipment or interconnected system
or subsystem of equipment used to create, convert, duplicate, store
or deliver data or information. EIR includes telecommunications products,
information kiosks and transaction machines, web sites, multimedia,
and office equipment such as copiers and fax machines. The term does
not include any equipment that contains embedded information technology
that is used as an integral part of the product, but the principal
function of which is not the acquisition, storage, manipulation, management,
movement, control, display, switching, interchange, transmission,
or reception of data or information. For example, equipment such as
thermostats or temperature control devices, and medical equipment
that contain information technology that is integral to its operation,
are not information technology. If the embedded information technology
has an externally available web or computer interface, that interface
is considered EIR. Other terms such as, but not limited to, Information
and Communications Technology (ICT), Electronic Information Technology
(EIT), etc. can be considered interchangeable terms with EIR for purposes
of applicability or compliance with this chapter.
(10) Exception--A justified, documented non-conformance
with one or more standards or specifications of Chapter 206 and/or
Chapter 213 of this title, which has been approved by the agency head.
(11) Exemption--A justified, documented non-conformance
with one or more standards or specifications of Chapter 206 and/or
Chapter 213 of this title, which has been approved by the Department
and which is applicable statewide.
(12) High-value data set--Information that can be used
to increase state agency accountability and responsiveness, improve
public knowledge of the agency and its operations, further the core
mission of the agency, create economic opportunity, or respond to
need and demand as identified through public consultation. The term
does not include information that is confidential or protected from
disclosure under state or federal law.
(13) Home page--The initial page that serves as the
front door or entry point to a state website.
(14) Internet--An electronic communications network
that connects computer networks and computer facilities around the
(15) Intranet--A computer network operating like the
Internet but having access restricted to a limited group of authorized
users such as employees of an agency or an institution of higher education.
(16) Key public entry point--A web page on a state
website that is frequently accessed directly by members of the public,
which a state agency or institution of higher education has specifically
designed to enable direct access to official agency or institution
of higher education information.
(17) Open standard format--Stable, published formats
for data that are nonproprietary, free from licensing restrictions,
independent of any individual vendor, and free to use, reuse, and
(18) Personal identifying information--Information
that could serve to identify an individual as defined by §521.002,
Texas Business and Commerce Code.
(19) Site policies page--A web page containing the
website policies of the state agency or institution of higher education,
or a link to each policy.
(20) State website--A website that is connected to
the Internet and is owned, funded, or operated by or for a state agency
or institution of higher education, including key public entry points.
(21) TRAIL--Texas Records and Information Locator or
its successor, providing a method to do a statewide search.
(22) Transaction Risk Assessment--An evaluation of
the security and privacy required for an interactive web session providing
public access to government information and services. Additional information
and guidelines are included in Part 2: Risks Pertaining to Electronic
Transactions and Signed Records in "The Guidelines for the Management
of Electronic Transactions and Signed Records" available on the Department's
(23) Worldwide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility
Guidelines 2.0--a referenceable, international technical standard
containing 12 guidelines that are organized under 4 principles: perceivable,
operable, understandable, and robust. For each guideline, there are
testable success criteria, which are at three levels: A, AA, and AAA.
Also known as ISO/IEC International Standard ISO/IEC 40500:2012.
(24) Web page--Presentation of state website content,
including documents and files containing text, graphics, sounds, video,
or other content, that is accessed through a web browser.