This section describes the relevant accessibility standards for smart card technologies and gives sample text that you can cut and paste into an RFT. This text is designed to be used in conjunction with the sample texts describing general accessibility targets, an appropriate development process, how tenders will be evaluated, etc. These sample texts are given on the Writing an RFT page.
For an introduction to the accessibility issues that arise with telecommunications systems and devices, read the section About Smart Card Accessibility in the NDA IT accessibility guidelines.
Which targets should you prescribe?
Smart Card systems should meet the NDA IT Accessibility Guidelines for Smart Card Technologies. The NDA Smart Card guidelines cover a wide range of issues to do with the accessibility of all elements of a system that incorporates smart cards. These range from accessibiltiy issues to do with literature and application forms, to the cards themselves to the physical user interface of the terminal the cards interface with. It will be necessary to familiarise yourself with the guidelines before choosing the subset for the RFT.
Suggested text for an RFT
<the system or device> should be designed in accordance with all specified NDA IT Accessibility Guidelines for Smart Cards. Where a supplier considers any of the specified guidelines to be inappropriate or unachievable for some component of <the system or device>, this must be stated explicitly in the tender, together with an explanatory rationale.
Prior to tendering, suppliers should be satisfied that they can meet these guidelines, which are listed and clearly explained in the NDA IT Accessibility Guidelines for Smart Cardshttp://accessit.nda.ie/it-accessibility-guidelines/smart-cards/guidelines. The deliverables will be assessed against the checklist at http://accessit.nda.ie/it-accessibility-guidelines/smart-cards/guidelines/checklist.
About the NDA guidelines for Smartcard Technologies
They NDA smart card guidelines are presented as a mix of high-level, user-oriented functional goals as well as precise technical specifications. The main guideline areas are as follows:
- Literature and application forms
- Training in use of the system
- Terminal environment
- Physical user interface
- Labels and onstructions
- Retrieving output
- Lost and stolen cards
- Alternative service
For more information, go to the NDA IT Accessibility Guidelines for Smartcard Technologies.