Screen reader does not tab to the hotspots

My course has several hotspots that open layers. It also has markers. When I tested it for accessibility, I noted the following:

  • the tab won't go on the hotspots and the markers. I have set up these objects to be visible to accessibility tools. I have also provided the alternative text.
  • There is also a small image that needs to be magnified. However, the tab also won't go to the magnifying glass so it can't be clicked to make the image larger.
  • The tab goes to the menu but it won't go to the different titles to allow the learner to freely navigate through the different slides. 

Thanks.

8 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Tina,

Thanks for reaching out here and sharing what you've already tried.

Hotspots aren't accessible as a part of our Flash output per the 508 guidelines here. 

As for the menu, once you're on the menu you'll likely need to use your arrow keys to go up or down the menu and select the items with an enter or space bar. 

As for the magnifying glass, I'm not sure that the zoom image is accessible but I can't find documentation of that, so I'm going to test it out further. 

Tina Arcamo

Hello again,

I also discovered that on those slides where the layers do open, I noted that the screen reader is also reading the images in the base layer. It will not read those images if I hide the base layer but I do not want to hide the base layer. Any suggestions?

Thanks,

Tina

Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Tina,

I'm still checking into the zoom element - just to confirm a few things.

For the hotspots - what about using transparent shapes instead? You could tab to them and trigger it based on that?

As for the layer issue, did you look at hiding the individual elements using the "eye" icon on the timeline from within each layer? it's a bit more work, but if you don't hide them on the layer then they are still accessible to the screen reader. 

Ashley Terwilliger

Happy to hear it Tina - and the issue with the zoom picture I confirmed it is something we have reported to our QA team to investigate further. I don't have any timeline to share in regards to when I'll hear back from our team in regards to a fix or an update, but once we do I'll share information here so as long as you're subscribed you'll receive an email notification about it.