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Web Soil Survey 3.3 — New Features and Fixes

Section 508 Accessibility Requirements Met

  • Section 508, an amendment to the United States Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is a federal law mandating that all electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by the federal government be accessible to people with disabilities. Technology is deemed to be "accessible" if it can be used as effectively by people with disabilities as by those without.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture is committed to making its electronic and information technologies accessible to individuals with disabilities by meeting or exceeding the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d), as amended in 1998.
  • All Web Soil Survey pages have been updated to meet Section 508 Accessibility requirements.


Quick Navigation Lat/Long Option Guesses Your Current Location

  • The Quick Navigation Latitude and Longitude area has been updated to allow Web Soil Survey to guess your current location.
  • This is called location-aware browsing and can save you time.

  • The screen shot below shows the Quick Navigation Latitude and Longitude dialog with the new geolocation feature. Press the "click to get location" button to allow Web Soil Survey to guess your current location.
The new geolocation feature has been added to the Quick Navigation Latitude and Longitude dialog.

  • After pressing the "click to get location" button, you will be presented with a confirmation dialog from your browser asking if you will allow Web Soil Survey to access your location.
You will be presented with a confirmation dialog if you want to allow Web Soil Survey to access your location.

  • If you do not allow Web Soil Survey to access your location, you will be presented with a pop up telling you of this choice. Press the OK button to continue.
When you do not want Web Soil Survey to access your location, a message box displays User Denied The Request For Geolocation.

  • If you do allow Web Soil Survey to access your location, the latitude/longitude coordinates of your current location will automatically be displayed in the Latitude, Longitude input text box.
Current Location Coordinates Are Filled In Automatically in the Latitude, Longitude input text box.


Bug Fixes

  • The information provided to the Soils Hotline via the Soils Hotline email link is now correct.
  • Observer errors in retrieving Bing hybrid maps, such as Taney County, Missouri Highway 65 also being labeled as 86, no longer occurs.
  • The LogViewer was fixed to handle large data input.
  • Per Microsoft's recommendation, a web service call was implemented to retrieve the proper Bing tile retrieval URL.
  • When retrieving Shopping Cart products, long email addresses such as those ending in ".consulting" are now accepted.
  • Retrieving soil ratings no longer produces an error when there is an embedded apostrophe within a string such as 'Torrey's Jointfir'.
  • The map unit description for a map unit containing a plus sign, such as "153A+", can now be displayed.
  • Compressed (".zip") WSS downloads can now be unzipped on non-Windows systems.
  • Fixes were implemented for 508 compliance.