Articulate Studio and Section 508 Accessibility

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It’s our goal to help people with disabilities interact as fully as possible with the interactive e-learning courses you create in Articulate Studio (Presenter, Quizmaker, and Engage).

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The following table outlines the many ways we’ve optimized Studio to meet the requirements of Section 508 accessibility of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Section 508 Accessibility RequirementStudio Support
Keyboard SupportYou can execute most Studio functions using a keyboard. Exceptions include drag-and-drop and hotspot interactions.
Content FocusStudio displays a yellow box around the shape that’s the current focus and reports it to assistive technology.
Flicker ReductionStudio does not use flashing or blinking text, objects, or other elements with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz. (Note: Video imported by course authors should also conform to this standard.)
Non-Visual Operation and Information RetrievalStudio supports the JAWS screen reader.
Large TextStudio supports the JAWS screen reader and makes it easy for course authors to create large text versions of slides.
Text EquivalentsStudio provides text equivalents for every non-text element.
Assistive Technology—Ready UIStudio reports an object’s or image’s type, state, and description to the accessibility interface.
Assistive Technology—Ready FormsWhen forms are used, Studio provides the type, description, and state information for field elements. (Note: Course authors must include clear written directions for completing the form.)
Assistive Technology—Ready ScriptsAll content elements in Studio include functional text that can be read by assistive technology.

Course author’s role in Section 508 Accessibility compliance

As you build a course in Studio, you’ll make design decisions that impact Section 508 accessibility compliance. The following table outlines how you can create courses that are more accessible to people with disabilities.

Section 508 Accessibility RequirementAuthor-Controlled Compliance
Image ConsistencyWhen you use bitmap images to identify controls, status indicators, or other programmatic elements, assign a consistent meaning to those images throughout your course.
Animation (Alternative)When you convey information in an animation, provide an alternate, non-animated slide for the content.
KeyboardIf you include drag-and-drop or hotspot interactions, provide an alternate, keyboard-controlled interaction.
Color Coding (Alternative)Don’t use color coding as the only means of conveying information, indicating an action, prompting a response, or distinguishing a visual element.
Multimedia (Alternative Synchronization)When using multimedia, provide text captions that are synchronized with audio and video.
Text-Only (Alternative)Make a text-only version of the course available to learners.
Skip LinksGive learners a way to skip repetitive navigation links.
Open/Closed CaptionsProvide open or closed captions for all informational video, multimedia, and audio.
Audio DescriptionsProvide audio descriptions for all content.
User-Selectable Audio and Text DescriptionsMake all display of alternate text and audio descriptions user-selectable.
Support for Hearing ImpairedAdd notes or captions to slides containing audio and video.

Learn more about Section 508 accessibility requirements.