Electronic and Information Resources (EIR)

  1. What is EIR?
  2. Should EIR be compatible with assistive technology?

  1. What is EIR?
  2. EIR is electronic and information resources (EIR) defined in 1 TAC Subchapter 206B as any equipment or interconnected system or subsystem of equipment that is used in the creation, conversion, or duplication of data or information. In addition to information technology, EIR includes

    • telecommunication products, such as telephones,
    • information kiosks,
    • transaction machines,
    • World Wide Web sites,
    • multimedia (including videotapes), and
    • office equipment, such as copiers and fax machines
  3. Should EIR be compatible with assistive technology?
  4. Yes, as a general matter. The goal of Section 508 is that EIR be compatible with assistive technology. In some cases, the standards require that the acquired EIR be readily usable without the need for assistive devices. For example, self-contained, closed products must have the access features built into the product. These products, such as information kiosks, copiers, or other similar products that do not permit a user to install or connect assistive technology, must be designed so that an end user can operate the product without having to modify it. Also, multimedia presentations that require captioning and descriptive video must have these features built into the product, as it is impractical to expect end users to add their own captions or descriptions. However, for most products-such as software, Web pages, and computers-achieving compatibility with assistive technology is the goal of the standards.

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Page Reviewed/Updated: 3/22/2012