Indiana Code on Accessibility

This section be known and may be cited as Uniform Commercial Code.
  1. Unless the context otherwise requires, applies to secure the benefits and ensure state compliance with federal laws regarding accessibility of information technology for individuals with disabilities. It does not apply to privately owned information technology services unless they receive federal or state funds.


  2. Definitions
    For the purpose of this proposal.

    1. "Accessible" is defined in terms of compliance with the standards in this part, as is common with other accessibility standards. That is, if a product complies with the standards in this part, it is accessible; if it does not comply, it is not accessible. (Take from the Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Proposed Standards; ARCHITECTURAL AND TRANSPORTATION BARRIERS COMPLIANCE BOARD; Published in the Federal Register on March 31, 2000.)
    2. "Alternative formats" means certain product information must be made available in alternate formats for the product to be usable by individuals with disabilities. (Taken from the Telecommunications Act Accessibility Guidelines; Published in the Federal Register February 3, 1998)
    3. "Information Technology" means any equipment or interconnected system or subsystem of equipment, that is used in the automatic acquisition, storage, manipulation, management, movement, control, display, switching, interchange, transmission, or reception of data. (As defined by Section 5002(3) of the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996)
    4. "Telecommunications" means the transmission, between or among points specified by the user, of information of the user's choosing, without change in the form or content of the information as sent and received. (As defined by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 PL 104-104)
    5. "Agency contact information" means a list of key personnel and/or position or program contacts including public contact telephone numbers, general email addresses and other information deemed necessary by the agency for facilitating public access.
    6. "alt tag" means a text equivalent for every non-text element. (Taken from the Telecommunications Act Accessibility Guidelines; Published in the Federal Register February 3, 1998)
    7. "Document image files" means files published in vendor-specific file formats (e.g., portable document format (pdf) files) that create the image of a document. (Taken from the Telecommunications Act Accessibility Guidelines Paragraph (b)(10); Published in the Federal Register February 3, 1998)
    8. "Frames" means a coding technique used to present information on a Web page from more than one coding source. (Taken from the Telecommunications Act Accessibility Guidelines Paragraph (c)(10); Published in the Federal Register February 3, 1998)
    9. "Generally accessible Internet site" means a Public agency Web site that: (Take from the Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Proposed Standards; ARCHITECTURAL AND TRANSPORTATION BARRIERS COMPLIANCE BOARD; Published in the Federal Register on March 31, 2000.)

      1. complies with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines for persons with visual disabilities promulgated by the W3C;
      2. Contains no priority 1 errors; and
      3. Complies with html standards published by the W3C.

    10. "Home page" means the initial page or an entry point to a Public agency Web site. (Defined by 1 TAC 201.12 State Web Sites as published in the Texas Register.)
    11. "HTML" means HyperText Markup Language. (Defined by 1 TAC 201.12 State Web Sites as published in the Texas Register.)
    12. "Internet" means the network of interconnected networks employing the TCP/IP standards.

      May substitute "Community network" means a nonprofit entity:

      1. associated with a local community; and
      2. formed for the express purpose of coordinating the delivery of government data and other civic-related or commercial information through electronic means to the local community.
        As added by P.L.45-1996, SEC.3.

    13. "Key public entry point" means a Web page that a Public agency has specifically designed for members of the general public to access general information from the agency. (Defined by 1 TAC 201.12 State Web Sites as published in the Texas Register.)
    14. "Meta tag" means an HTML code option for identifying information about a Web page that facilitates locating information on Web pages by search engines. (Defined by 1 TAC 201.12 State Web Sites as published in the Texas Register.)
    15. "Priority 1 error" means an HTML coding error on a Web page that will cause persons with visual disabilities to be unable to access information on the Web page. (Take from the Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Proposed Standards; ARCHITECTURAL AND TRANSPORTATION BARRIERS COMPLIANCE BOARD; Published in the Federal Register on March 31, 2000.)
    16. "Priority 2 error" means an HTML coding error on a Web page that may make it difficult for a person with visual disabilities to access information an the Web page. (Take from the Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Proposed Standards; ARCHITECTURAL AND TRANSPORTATION BARRIERS COMPLIANCE BOARD; Published in the Federal Register on March 31, 2000.)
    17. "Privacy policy" means a statement about what information is collected by a Web site, how the information will be used, and under what conditions the information may be shared or released to another party. (Defined by 1 TAC 201.12 State Web Sites as published in the Texas Register.)

      In addition, IC 4-1-6 includes on information Privacy of Personal Information, but internet is never mentioned.)


    18. "Server log software and cookies" means particular methods employed for the purpose of tracking visitors to Web sites. (Defined by 1 TAC 201.12 State Web Sites as published in the Texas Register.)
    19. "Public agency Web site" means a state agency-owned, -operated, or -funded Web site connected to the Internet. (Defined by 1 TAC 201.12 State Web Sites as published in the Texas Register.)
    20. "SSN" means Social Security number.

      In addition, IC 4-1-8 includes on Social Security Number, but the term is never defined.)


    21. "SSL" means Secure Sockets Layer; the Internet security standard for point-to-point, encrypted connections between Web servers and client browsers.
    22. "Statewide search" means a link to the Access Indiana Web site. (Defined by 1 TAC 201.12 State Web Sites as published in the Texas Register.)
    23. "TCP/IP" means Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol. (Defined by 1 TAC 201.12 State Web Sites as published in the Texas Register.)
    24. "Indiana homepage" www.state.in.us. (Defined by ATTAIN, Inc.)
    25. "Transaction payment information" means bank account and routing number, credit, debit, and/or other forms of card based payment systems.
    26. "W3C" means World Wide Web Consortium.
    27. "Public agency" means the following:

      1. Any board, commission, department, division, bureau, committee, agency, office, instrumentality, or authority, by whatever name designated, exercising any part of the executive, administrative, judicial, or legislative power of the state.

      2. Any:
        1. county, township, school corporation, city, or town, or any board, commission, department, division, bureau, committee, office, instrumentality, or authority of any county, township, school corporation, city, or town;
        2. political subdivision (as defined by IC 36-1-2-13); or
        3. other entity, or any office thereof, by whatever name designated, exercising in a limited geographical area the executive, administrative, judicial, or legislative power of the state or a delegated local governmental power.

      3. Any entity or office that is subject to:

        1. budget review by either the state board of tax commissioners or the governing body of a county, city, town, township, or school corporation; or
        2. an audit by the state board of accounts.

      4. Any building corporation of a political subdivision that issues bonds for the purpose of constructing public facilities.
      5. Any advisory commission, committee, or body created by statute, ordinance, or executive order to advise the governing body of a public agency, except medical staffs or the committees of any such staff.
      6. Any law enforcement agency, which means an agency or a department of any level of government that engages in the investigation, apprehension, arrest, or prosecution of alleged criminal offenders, such as the state police department, the police or sheriff's department of a political subdivision, prosecuting attorneys, members of the excise police division of the alcoholic beverage commission, conservation officers of the department of natural resources, and the security division of the state lottery commission.
      7. Any license branch staffed by employees of the bureau of motor vehicles commission under IC 9-16.
      8. The state lottery commission, including any department, division, or office of the commission.
      9. The Indiana gaming commission established under IC 4-33, including any department, division, or office of the commission.
      10. The Indiana horse racing commission established by IC 4-31, including any department, division, or office of the commission. (As defined by Indiana Code 5-14-3)

  3. All Public agencies will adhere to the following:

    1. Upon the sixth month of the final publication of the ARCHITECTURAL AND TRANSPORTATION BARRIERS COMPLIANCE BOARD'S Information Technology Accessibility Standards, the homepage of all Public agencies Web sites and any new or changed key public entry sites, shall meet the definition of a generally accessible Internet site and the following guidelines:

      1. Every image on a Public agency Web site shall use an ALT tag with sufficient information describing the image, or a null for simple images. Except for geographic information systems, if image maps are used that do not comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines for persons with visual impairments, a text alternative shall be provided.

    2. A Public agency implementing frames on a Public agency Web site shall:

      1. Not have any pages that contain priority 1 or 2 accessibility errors,
      2. Drop the frame (s) when indexing or pointing to non-agency Web sites.

    3. A Public agency posting document image files to a Public agency Web site shall also make available an accessible version of the same information. The document image version will include information a free/accessible copy of the associated document.
    4. A Public agency shall publish a privacy policy for its Web site. The privacy policy shall address information collected by other technologies, processes, server logs, and or cookies.
    5. Web sites designed for children must comply with all applicable federal and state laws intended to protect minors.
    6. Public agencies shall plan on implementing W3C on the homepage and key public entry points to a Public agency Web site.
    7. All Web sites, whether static or dynamic, must be accessible using generally available web browser software, and be designed with consideration for the types of Internet connection available to the citizens of Indiana.

  4. Upon the sixth month of the final publication of the ARCHITECTURAL AND TRANSPORTATION BARRIERS COMPLIANCE BOARD'S Information Technology Accessibility Standards, the homepage of a Public agency Web site shall provide links to the following state of Indiana resources:

    1. Access Indiana Web site,
    2. State wide search,
    3. Privacy policy,
    4. Agency contact information,
    5. Description of the agency's open record policies/procedures.

  5. At a minimum, Public agency Web sites that require a citizen to enter the following information shall use an SSL session or equivalent technology to encrypt the data:

    1. Both the individuals name and other information such an SSN;
    2. Transaction payment information; or
    3. An individual's identification code and password.