The legislation referred to as “Section 508” is actually an amendment to the Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Section 508 requires that electronic and information technology (IT) that is developed or purchased by the Federal Government is accessible by people with disabilities.
* In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Inaccessible technology interferes with an individual’s ability to obtain and use information quickly and easily. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Under Section 508 (29 U.S.C. . 794d), agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others.
* [ Source: Section 508 Web site]
- Secure Electronic Transaction
SET, short for Secure Electronic Transaction, is a standard that will enable secure credit card transactions on the Internet. SET has been endorsed by virtually all the major players in the electronic commerce arena, including Microsoft, Netscape, Visa, and Mastercard. By employing digital signatures, SET will enable merchants to verify that buyers are who they […]
- Semantic Web
An extension of the current Web that provides an easier way to find, share, reuse and combine information. It is based on machine-readable information and builds on XML technology’s capability to define customized tagging schemes and RDF’s (Resource Description Framework) flexible approach to representing data. The Semantic Web provides common formats for the interchange of […]
- Semantic Web application
A term used to describe Web-based applications that incorporates principles or technologies of the W3C Semantic Web, such as RDF, OWL and other metadata standards.
- Semantically Interlinked Online Communities
See under SIOC.
Short for serializer/deserializer, SerDes is an integrated circuit transceiver used to convert parallel and serial data. SerDes converts data into a serial data stream and then transmits it over a differential media. SerDes reduces the number of data paths and also the number of connecting PINs (or wires) required.