Document Type: Standard
Content:Excel files must be Section 508 compliant or the content contained made accessible through accommodation. The application of the Excel standard will be dependent upon the purpose of the Excel file (see Exemptions):
Reason:Excel is a widely used/distributed application used by both the general public and business. While most site visitors have the full MS Excel program, which is 508 compliant, the free MS Excel downloadable reader is not compliant.
Excel workbooks must observe the following:
Workbooks posted as .XLS only must include a link to the Excel viewer. See the related standard: Provide File Type and Size with Downloadable Files.
Related Web Standards and Usability Guidelines: