As defined in Title 1 of 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 UT Austin include, but are not limited to:
- Software applications and operating systems
- Websites, including 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
- Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF documents
Unless an exception is approved by, or a specific technology is exempted by the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR), all new or changed web pages and web content and all other EIR goods and services, developed, procured or significantly changed by UT Austin 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 of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. § 794 (d)) apply to EIR technology developed, procured, maintained or used by UT Austin 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.
For additional information, including procurement; testing websites for accessibility; exemption requests; etc. you can review guidance from UT System on procurement and development of EIR (UT EID login required).