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Over in our LSTech mailing list there has been some good discussion about document assembly. Here are some resources that Claudia Johnson of LawHelp Interactive has been kind enough to assemble. Everything here has been developed with LSC TIG funding for the community. If you are currently working on a project or are planning on starting one soon get in touch. In addition to contacting us directly you can join our LSTech mailing list and tap the collective knowledge.


1. LHI Online Developer trainings—beginner series—you can watch the videos and read the notes for the 2014 lessons here:  (we are right now doing the 2015 Online training series and will release closer to December). These lessons include homework and was developed so that students can do one lesson per week, for total of 5 required and 2 options lessons in a more self paced manner). I will share with the list once the lessons for 2015 are posted.


2.LHI Resource page:   This is an active website that has a library of materials geared to share best practices on online forms projects from A to Z. It includes a planning folder, fundraising ideas and models, evaluation tools and reports, best practices, creating forms for gender neutrality, accessibility. It includes all the materials for the online forms monthly call where we share projects and models as well as technical trainings and presentations from other conferences and national forums.


3. This is helpful if you are planning to set up kiosks where users can create forms:


It is worth noting that all of these above resources require you to create an account that is human verified, so if you think you might be interested in accessing them at some point it’s worth registering now so you don’t have to wait.


4. Various articles written by Capstone Practice—  with special highlight for the Key to a Succesful Document Assembly Document

If you are going to the TIG Conference, or you are sending your staff to the TIG Conference, please note that we are planning on offering a Beginner's Track and a Beyond the Basics live training to learn how to create forms.  The training will take place on Monday 1/11 and Tuesday 1/12. For more information, please go to:


In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, requiring Federal agencies to make their electronic information technology accessible to people with disabilities. The purpose of Section 508 (Bobby 508), which lays out the standards, is to give disabled employees and members of the public access to information comparable to access available to others. The law applies to any Federal department, agency, the U.S. Postal Service, and agencies directly used or contracted by the aforementioned. The Section 508 standards for website content refer to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an unincorporated international community involved in the development in open standards for the web. W3C is administered via a joint agreement among host institutions (MIT, ERCIM, Keio University, and Beihang University) and has several regional offices worldwide.

W3C Registered Trademark

For the functional requirement, multiple modes of operation and information retrieval must exist that allow equal access that does not require vision, hearing, speech. Support for assistive technology used by people with the corresponding impairment also fulfills this requirement.There are three parts to the standard for the creation, acquisition, and management of web content: functional, support, and technical.

For the support requirement, supporting documentation, accessibility descriptions, and compatibility descriptions provided to end-users must be made in alternate formats upon request at no charge. Support services must accommodate the communication needs of end-users with disabilities.

The technical requirement is specific regarding the technology, and is tied to the WCAG. The technical requirement set forth in Section 508 interprets paragraphs (a) through (k) with certain WCAG 1.0 priority 1 checkpoints, which are summarized below. However, paragraphs (l) through (p) are standalone from WCAG 1.0.

  1. A text equivalent for every non-text element. (i.e. alt-text.)
  2. Equivalent alternatives for multimedia synchronized with the presentation.
  3. An image of Babe Ruth swinging a bat with the alt-text 'Babe Ruth swinging a bat.'Information in color available without color.
  4. Documents readable without requiring associated style sheet.
  5. Redundant text links shall be provided for each active region of a server-side image.
  6. Client-side image maps shall be provided instead of server-side image maps except where regions cannot be defined with an available geometric shape.
  7. Row and column headers shall be identified for data tables.
  8. Markup shall be used to associate data cells and header cells for data tables that have two or more logical levels of row or column headers.
  9. Frames shall be titled with text that facilitates frame identification and navigation.
  10. Pages shall be designed to avoid causing the screen to flicker with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.
  11. A text-only page, with equivalent information or functionality, shall be provided to make a web site comply with the provisions of this part, when compliance cannot be accomplished in any other way. The content of the text-only page shall be updated whenever the primary page changes.
  12. When pages utilize scripting languages to display content, or to create interface elements, the information provided by the script shall be identified with functional text that can be read by assistive technology.
  13. When a web page requires that an applet, plug-in or other application be present on the client system to interpret page content, the page must provide a link to a plug-in or applet that complies with software application requirements indicated in 36 C.F.R. §1194.21(a) through (l).
  14. When electronic forms are designed to be completed on-line, the form shall allow people using assistive technology to access the information, field elements, and functionality required for completion and submission of the form, including all directions and cues.
  15. A method shall be provided that permits users to skip repetitive navigation links.
  16. When a timed response is required, the user shall be alerted and given sufficient time to indicate more time is required.

LSC grant assurances require that organizations follow best practices. We believe W3C and Bobby 508 go a long way towards capturing those practices. For more information, check out the following websites:

Section 508

Access Board



Hello everyone!

My name is Steve Pederzani. I joined the Northwest Justice Project as a legal intern for NTAP back in September this year. I’m a 2L at Seattle University School of Law. My primary focus is in intellectual property law with an interest in legal issues concerning technology, literature, and the performing arts. I’m currently studying licensing, trademark law, patent law, nonprofit organizations, and I am also participating in Wayfind’s Microenterprise clinics as a volunteer legal intern.     

I’m originally from Connecticut. I obtained my bachelor’s in theatre performance in 2011 from Western Connecticut State University. I also have an extensive instrumental music background. My interest in law peaked after I moved to Nebraska and became involved in the local theatre community while also working for the Department of Health and Human Services.

My desire to understand and handle issues involving social justice, intellectual property, technology, and contracts drove me to pursue my J.D. here in Seattle.

When I manage to find free time, I’m usually incubating small music or theatre ideas, spending time hanging out with my dog, or finding something related to intellectual property to get involved in. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of any assistance. The best way to reach me is at

Thanks for reading!

Steve Pederzani


We have talked about Deverse a little bit in the past but new we have a new webinar we can share with you. In this webinar we introduce you to the basics of app development and how how Deverse handels their process.


You can find the slides used with this presentation here

You can help us by filling out a survey here

And be sure to check out Deverse at



Today we had another of the popular Intro to Excel Videos featuring Sandy Rylander

As usual here is a survey you can fill out to help us.
For the documentation prepared by Sandy that goes with this training go here.