According to this article, Storyline 360 already meets a lot of the 508-compliance requirements, but they list the following requirements as ones that the course designer is responsible for. I have some questions about how to “do” some of them. Does anyone have any advice? (If a course exists on this, please point me in the right direction!)
When you use bitmap images to identify controls, status indicators, or other programmatic elements, assign a consistent meaning to those images throughout your course.
- What are “bitmap images to identify controls, status indicators, or other programmatic elements?” Are they talking about buttons that are clickable? And does “assigning a consistent meaning” mean indicating Next Button or something similar in the Alt-text?
When you convey information in an animation, provide an alternate, non-animated slide for the content.
- To provide an alternative, how does that appear in the course? Do I have to create a “click here for a description of this animation?” Do I just provide an alternate course? Is there a way to make the alternative available only to persons with disabilities? (Do I just not use animations to avoid the pain?)
If you include drag-and-drop or hotspot interactions, provide an alternate, keyboard-controlled interaction.
- I just stopped using drag and drop and hotspots. (but if I did use them, my question above would apply here, too)
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.
- This makes sense: Got it.
When using multimedia, provide text captions that are synchronized with audio and video.
- I’m not sure what they mean here. How/where do I provide text captions (Notes?)
Make a text-only version of the course available to learners.
- Would this be something we’d have to make available outside the course (separately in the LMS), or could I include text-only versions in the Resources link within a course? Recording completion would be difficult if I did this. (However, if I included a text-only alternative as a separate course in the LMS, it would be nice to only make it visible to people with disabilities and then attach a quiz or way to “prove” completion.)
Give learners a way to skip repetitive navigation links.
- I’m not sure how to do this. I created a course and it has free navigation between tabs. I went into the Tab Order and arranged the navigation to where it would only tab through important items and would tab through each tab in order – is this what they mean?
Provide open or closed captions for all informational video, multimedia, and audio.
- Not sure how to do this. (What’s the difference between open and closed captions?)
Provide audio descriptions for all content.
- Are they talking about describing audio that is on a slide? Where would I put this?
Make all display of alternate text and audio descriptions user-selectable.
- What does this mean? How?
Add notes or captions to slides containing audio and video.
How is this (is this?) different from the Audio Descriptions?