Manual Testing for 508 Compliance
I am looking for guidance on how to manual test a web application for 508 compliance. I have tried several automated tools for this test, with no success. The web application was developed in PL/SOL.
Re: Manual Testing for 508 Compliance
I'm not sure what level of guidance you are looking for or how familiar you are with section 508. If you look at the section 508 guidelines, it defines functional and non-functional behaviors of application that will help users with disabilities to use the application as others do.
For example, it says screen readers should be able to access GUI objects of the application so that blind users will be able to use the application. And color should not be the only differentiator between two icons that represent different objects, (if I remember correct) users should be able to use the application using Keyboard only etc. etc.
You can look at the guidelines from www.section508.gov, or if you search the web there are a few checklists available.
Most of the tests does not require special software, but we used a screen reader to read the display. But with Vista and above, you get it with Windows (if this is a windows application).
This is a self-certified standard (which means if all the tests are passed, you can say it is compliant - there is no external verification required as for Windows logo). In case if your application is unable to provide a certain functionality due to a limitation of current technology, I think there is a provision to have exemptions.
Hope this helps.