All public facing PDFs must be accessible as of March 23, 2018, according to the final Federal rule (for the ICT Refresh under Section 508). The updated 508 Standards apply to a federal agency’s full range of public-facing content, including websites, documents and media, blog posts, and social media sites.
Therefore, for inclusion in ROSA P: NTL Repository & Open Science Access Portal https://rosap.ntl.bts.gov/, document submitters should make the PDF as accessible as possible before submitting to NTL. For a detailed explanation of the accessibility guidelines, NTL Digital Submissions Accessibility Checklist.
To read more about the Federal Rule visit our Federal Rule Resources page.
NTL complies with the ICT Refresh Federal Rule by:
NTL uses the Adobe Acrobat Accessibility Checker in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC for PDFs, which can be found in the Tools section of Adobe Pro.
If submitting a MS Word Doc to NTL, we will run the MS Check Accessibility tool that is located under the Review Tab in Word.
If submitting Excel files for data sets, please run the MS Check Accessibility tool that is is located under the Review Tab in Excel. For questions about accessibility of data sets, please contact NTL Data Curator, Leighton Christiansen Leighton.firstname.lastname@example.org.