Act 1227 of 1999 required the Arkansas Department
of Information Systems to develop Non-visual Standards for
Arkansas that ensures the needs of Arkansans who are blind
or visually impaired are met through reasonable accommodation
in the information technology products and services of the
state. Information technology products and services include
data, voice, and video technologies, as well as information
dissemination methods such as the Internet.
In essence, this means that Arkansas Government
or state funded entities must have websites that are equally
accessible to blind or visually impaired visitors. For instance,
websites must provided text equivalents for all non-text
elements such as images, animation, audio and video. We
will make every effort to comply with these new guidelines
on the State of Arkansas website. If you have trouble accessing
or navigating state government pages, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about IT policies and
standards in Arkansas, link to the State of Arkansas Strategic Information
Technology Plan. For the specific information regarding
web development and accessibility issues, link to W3C
Web Content Guidelines or the Center
for Applied Special Technology (CAST).
Security is the most important portion of
customer service for any business or government entity conducting
commerce on the Internet today. We take this issue very
seriously. The Information Network of Arkansas (INA) utilizes
Secured Socket Layer (SSL) protocol for Internet transaction
security. This SSL protocol allows INA to deliver server
authentication, data encryption and message integrity. Every
step of the process, from the initial submission of data
to the final settlement through the use of credit cards,
has been built with the most advanced yet user-friendly
security features available.
Any additional questions, concerns or statements regarding confidentiality
and data usage may be directed to the Information Network of Arkansas at Info@ark.org.