Stephen F. Austin State University



DIR-Department of Information Resources
The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) provides statewide leadership and oversight for management of government information and communications technology.


EAC or EIRAC-Electronic Information Resource Accessibility Coordinator
A person appointed at each Institute of Higher Education according to TAC 213 to provide leadership and guidance, ensure compliance, plans and monitors EIR accessibility, and regularly reports EIR accessibility status and progress to management.


EIR-Electronic Information Resource
Term often used in place of the word technology to help one understand the scope is both software, hardware, and information.

EIR Includes information technology and any equipment or interconnected system or subsystem of equipment used to create, convert, duplicate, or deliver data or information. EIR includes telecommunications products (such as telephones), information kiosks and transaction machines, web sites, multimedia, and office equipment such as copiers and fax machines. The term does not include any equipment that contains embedded information technology that is used as an integral part of the product, but the principal function of which is not the acquisition, storage, manipulation, management, movement, control, display, switching, interchange, transmission, or reception of data or information. For example, thermostats or temperature control devices, and medical equipment that contain information technology that is integral to its operation, are not information technology. If the embedded information technology has an externally available web or computer interface, that interface is considered EIR. Other terms such as, but not limited to, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Electronic Information Technology (EIT), etc. can be considered interchangeable terms with EIR for purposes of applicability or compliance with this chapter.

EIR Accessibility
Electronic and Information Resources (EIR) accessibility means providing electronic information and services through multiple ways so that communication is not contingent on a single sense or ability. An example is a video presentation that also includes closed captioning, which enables accessibility for hearing-impaired individuals.



This is a contract to view articles or data that the uses can not manipulate. An example of this would be a subscription to an online magazine or newspaper like the Wall Street journal or TIME magazine. These e-subscriptions do not require a VPAT®


This is agreement or contract to make an advance payment in order to receive either a copy of by physical media or download, or continuous access to software. This software can be used, altered, changed, interfaced by a user. These subscriptions will require a VPAT®

TAC-Texas Administrative Code
Texas Administrative Code (TAC) is a compilation of all state agency rules in Texas. There are 17 titles in the TAC. Each title represents a subject category and related agencies are assigned to the appropriate title.

(VPAT®)- Voluntary Product Accessible Template
A standardized document/form completed by the vendor used to document its compliance with technical accessibility standards and specifications. A blank VPAT® can be downloaded by clicking on this link VPAT from the ITI