Q. What is a VPAT?
A. VPAT stands for Voluntary Product Accessibility Template. A VPAT is a vendor-generated statement that provides information on how a product or service conforms to the Section 508 Accessibility Standards (from the U.S. Access Board) for Electronic and Information Technology (E&I T) in a consistent fashion and format. In general, vendors should generate a VPAT whenever they develop products or services that are determined to be E&I T and are to be sold in the California State University market place. In each VPAT, vendors are expected to make specific statements in simple understandable language about how their product or service meets the requirements of the Section 508 Standards (section by section, and paragraph by paragraph).
Q. Who can join the VPATdb?
A. The VPATdb is open to all organizations that are willing to contribute VPATs to the database. Vendors are not allowed to participate at this time.
Q. What is the VPAT Detail Page?
A. The detail page is where all the accessibility information can be found about a given product.
Q. What is the toolbox?
A. The toolbox is a collection of tools you can use to add to or request changes to a VPAT.
Q. How do I submit corrections or make additions to a VPAT that I submitted?
A. Select the Submit Corrections/Additions link on the details page.
Q. How do I submit corrections or make additions to a VPAT that someone else has submitted?
A. The Submit Corrections/Additions tool allows the user to bring potential changes to the attention of the VPATdb moderator. Use the simple form to select the nature of your suggestion and then fill in the large text box specific details about the changes. This tool is recommended if you want to suggest changes to a VPAT.
Q. How do I upload a newer version of a VPAT already in the database?
A. When software or good is revised, it is not uncommon for its VPAT to be updated as well. Make sure that the VPAT is an update (e.g., from version 1.x to 1.y) and not a new major version (e.g., from version 1.x to 2.x) of the software. If the VPAT is an update, then go to the detail page for the software or good and select the “Update VPAT” link to upload this new file. The old version of the VPAT remains in the system, but your new version will become the primary download. If the VPAT is a new major version, you will want to select the “Add VPAT” link front page of the VPATdb and add the VPAT.
Q. What are attachments?
A. Attachments allow users to add relevant supplemental documents to the detail page of any VPAT. These can be downloaded individually by any user.
Q. How do I add an attachment to a VPAT?
A. If you have additional supplemental documents that you wish to add to any VPAT (including those uploaded by others), you can use the “Add Attachment” link in the tools area to attach them to the relevant VPAT.
Q. What are updates? How do they work?
A. Often when a product is updated, a new VPAT is released to address these changes. You can use VPATdb Updates to look up older updates of VPATs that might be more relevant to the product you are using.
Q. What if you have more than one VPAT for a single product?
A. You may have times where there are two or more VPATs for a single product. For example, a software application that runs on both Microsoft Windows as well as Macintosh OSX may have two VPATs, each evaluating accessibility on its respective platform. Each VPAT should be uploaded with the same model/version number in that given field. In addition, the operating system name should be included in the title of the VPAT.