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LabArchives Releases First Accessibility Compliant Electronic Laboratory Notebook

Mar 10, 2016, by Elizabeth Boten
Tags: Internet2 NET+, Lab Archives

Written by Dana Voss, Internet2, NET+ Program Manager

NET+ service provider LabArchives®, a leading electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) used by more than 100,000 scientists and science students today announced compliance with major accessibility standards. LabArchives Professional and Classroom editions have been enhanced to comply with the following Web accessibility standards and regulations:

  • Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Level A and Level AA of the WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0)

In addition to the specific accessibility standards above, the LabArchives platform is built to support a wide range of browsers and devices in use by researchers. Specifically, LabArchives has utilized features of HTML5 and WIA-ARIA to provide additional support for LabArchives users of assistive technology. WAI-ARIA (Web Accessibility Initiative  - Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite) defines a way to make Web content and Web applications more accessible to people with disabilities. LabArchives is now the only widely distributed ELN with accessibility enabled capabilities.

With the accessibility compliance of the ELN application, the Internet2 community can now meet accessibility standards and requirements for disabled scientists and science students.

Due to the scale and complexity of LabArchives features and functionality, this is an ongoing effort. To learn more about LabArchives Accessibility efforts, visit the Knowledgebase.

Are you an Internet2 member campus using LabArchives at your university? Contact me to share your experience and feedback.