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RULE §206.1Applicable Terms and Technologies for State Web Sites
ISSUE 11/18/2005
ACTION Proposed
Preamble Texas Admin Code Rule

The following words and terms, when used with this chapter, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

   (1)508 compliance--Using testing/validation tools and procedures to check Web pages/content for compliance with the §508 requirements of the Rehabilitation Act relating to Web accessibility contained in 36 C.F.R. Part 1194.

  (2)[(1)] Accessible--A Web page that can be used in a variety of ways and that does not depend on a single sense or ability.

  (3)[(2)] Accessibility Policy-- The policies of a state agency or institution of higher education [ An agency's policies] to ensure that access to its information, services, and programs are accessible, usable, understandable and navigable.

  (4)[(3)] Contact information--a list of key personnel and/or position or program contacts, including public contact telephone numbers, general e-mail address, and other information deemed necessary by the agency or institution of higher education for facilitating public access.

  (5)[(4)] Compact with Texans--customer service standards and performance measures required of state agencies, including institutions of higher education, by §§2113.006 and 2114.006, Government Code.

   [(5)Generally accessible Internet site--A state Web site that provides for graceful transformation and makes content understandable and navigable. Additional information and resources are included in the accessibility-usability guidelines available at http://www.dir.state.tx.us/standards/srrpub11-accessibility.htm.]

  (6) - (9)(No change.)

  (10)Link Policy--State Web Site Link and Privacy Policy that identify the terms under which a person may use, copy information from, or link to a generally accessible Internet site of a state agency or institution of higher education. The requirements for these policies for state agencies other than institutions of higher education are set forth in subchapter B, §206.54 and are available at http://www.dir.state.tx.us/link_policy.htm. [ http://www.dir.state.tx.us/standards/link_policy.htm.] The requirements for these policies for institutions of higher education are set forth in subchapter C, §206.74 and are available at http://www.dir.state.tx.us/link_policy2.htm. [http://www.dir.state.tx.us/standards/link_policy2.htm.]

  (11) - (18)(No change.)

   (19)Survey--An annual assessment report of State Web site compliance with the accessibility standards. The survey will also be used to identify specific requirements for accessibility training for Web content providers/developers. Additional information and resources are included in the State Web Site guidelines available at http://www.dir.state.tx.us.

   (20)Training/Technical Assistance--Accessibility training and technical assistance for Web content providers/developers on compliance with the accessibility standards. Additional information and on-line resources are included in the State Web Site guidelines available at http://www.dir.state.tx.us.

  (21)[(19)] Texas Homeland Security--the Governor's Office Web site with information about current homeland security threat levels in Texas, available at http://www.texashomelandsecurity.com.

  (22)[(20)] TRAIL--Texas Records and Information Locator or its successor. Additional information is available at http://www.tsl.state.tx.us.

  (23)[(21)] Transaction payment information--bank account and routing number, credit, debit, charge, or other forms of card-based, access device number, and/or Internet based, payment systems. Access device means a card, plate, code, account number, personal identification number, electronic serial number, mobile identification number, or other telecommunications service, equipment, or instrument identifier or means of account access that alone, or in conjunction with another access device, may be used to:

    (A)obtain money, goods, services, or another thing of value; or

    (B)initiate a transfer of funds other than a transfer originated solely by paper instrument.

  (24)[(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 at http://www.dir.state.tx.us/UETA_Guideline.htm. [http://www.dir.state.tx.us/standards/UETA_Guideline.htm]

  (25)[(23)] Usability--Web design criteria that focuses on user performance, ease of navigation, is understandable and is visually appealing.

  (26)[(24)] W3C--World Wide Web Consortium. Additional information and copies of the current standards and recommendations are available at http://www.w3.org.

   (27)Web accessibility standards--Texas Web accessibility standards for Web pages/content that comply with the applicable specifications contained in Subchapter B, §206.50(1) of this chapter for state agencies and Subchapter C, §206.70(1) of this chapter for institutions of higher education.

  (28)[(25)] Web bug--code used to track and/or report information about a visitor to a Web page, or used in an e-mail message. Also known as a Web Beacon or Clear GIF.

  (29)[(26)] Web page--A document that a state agency or institution of higher education has specifically designed for members of the public to access the official information (e.g., the governing or authoritative documents) via the Internet.

This agency hereby certifies that the proposal has been reviewed by legal counsel and found to be within the agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on November 1, 2005


Renée Mauzy

General Counsel

Department of Information Resources

Earliest possible date of adoption: December 18, 2005

For further information, please call: (512) 936-6448

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