As defined in Title 1 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 213, electronic and information resources include “information technology and any equipment or interconnected system or subsystem of equipment that is used in the creation, conversion, duplication, or delivery of data or information.” The term includes but is not limited to “telecommunications products (such as telephones), information kiosks and transaction machines, World Wide Web sites, multimedia, and office equipment such as copiers and fax machines.”
In practical terms, EIR utilized at Texas A&M Health Science Center include, but are not limited to
- software applications and operating systems
- websites, both Internet and Intranet
- telecommunications products
- video and multimedia products
- self-contained, closed products, such as copiers, printers and fax machines
- desktop and portable computers
- audio and video recordings
- documents such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDFs
In order to make EIR accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities, all new or changed webpages and web content and all other EIR goods and services, developed, procured or significantly changed by Texas A&M Health Science Center and its agents, must comply with the standards and specifications of 1 TAC §206 and 1 TAC §213.
These standards, along with federal standards as defined in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, apply to EIR technology developed, procured, maintained or used by TAMHSC directly, or by a third party, acting as an agent of, or on behalf of, the university, or through a procured services contract (i.e., vendor contract); and, EIR services provided through hosted or managed services contracts.