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Update: RTT Apps Not Searchable

By Rick Hess — March 03, 2010 1 min read

An update to the point mentioned in my last post that the Race to the Top applications on the Department of Education’s website are scanned PDFs that aren’t searchable. A former government employee was surprised and indicated that the way the applications are currently posted does not appear to make them accessible to visually impaired readers. Thus, beyond merely being a nuisance to read, this may also make them in violation of the federal government’s own policies and standard practice regarding web accessibility for the disabled. As I’ve noted before, a successful process hinges on high levels of transparency and credibility.

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