Is the HTML Output Really 508 Compliant?
Jan 12, 2015
I recently asked the IT folks at my institution involved with 508 compliance to do some testing of the visibility of items in a Storyline presentation using a JAWS reader. I provided a link to both an HTML and HTML5 output of a presentation. The presentation featured slides with narration. This is the response I received:
"The visually impaired consumer cannot pause, rewind, fast forward or adjust the volume using a Mac with Voice Over or Windows with Jaws. This also precludes functionality for other Screen Readers like System Access or Window Eyes.
"Users can navigate to different list items and next or previous buttons, but they are not marked appropriately. These missing clues can create confusion for users."
As a result I have the following questions:
My understanding based on the Storyline documentation is that the Flash-based output is 508 compliant. However, that doesn't seem to be the case, according to the above statement. Can you explain?
Is there something that I can do in the presentation creation to resolve this issue? My development team always sets narrations to play automatically every time a slide is accessed, so users don't actually need a play button. Users can also access specific slides (for replay, etc.) through the menu instead of the next or previous buttons. However, I'd like to know if there is a way to make all of the buttons mentioned in the above statement accessible.
Is there any difference on this compliance issue with Storyline versus Storyline 2? I believe the files checked were created with Storyline 2, but I'm not certain on that. Is there something in the file name that indicates if Storyline or Storyline 2 was used?
I understand that only the Flash-based output is 508 compliant. However, we have been using the production options that allow for use with HTML5 and iOS. My understanding from looking at the code (and my understanding is VERY limited) is that the program will first seek to run using Flash, if available, then, if not, it will use HTML5 or the iOS version. Is that correct? Would adding the following statement near a link to a Storyline object in an online course be advisable? Statement-- Users with disabilities: For optimal access to this feature, view the presentation with a computer and browser that supports Flash.
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