Using Screenreader with Storyline 360 content, issues to resolve
May 11, 2020
I was tasked nearly a year ago to make a course for our state government users that would by necessity be ADA compliant. I am finding that Articulate may have potential for ADA use, but it requires many workarounds or waitarounds, and I am not arriving at a truly good ADA compliance, despite hours and weeks of effort and very little use of included functions.
After much trial and error, this is the place where I am.
1. No player, created navigation buttons. Even if the player tabs and lets the user know where they are, it is a lot for the user to go through, and opt out when testing was easily missed or did not work. Would prefer being able to create my own default on that setting.
2. Use of Tab Order, then removing anything that isn't needed, then adding the alt text to the right in that function so it will be read by the screen reader.
3. Newest version would not react to the tab key at all and did not test consistent with the screen reader hot keys, so we determined to revert back to an older version, Dec 2019, so that at least if we instructed users they could use the tab, shift tab, space bar and shift space bar keys to navigate.
We have these issues:
*Edge requires double click on the space bar for the buttons, or space bar +enter.
*The filename of the course zip file is read by the screenreader at every slide; not sure if this is the courseware or the LMS.
*The visually disabled users would prefer use of the hot keys, not sure where this is at in Storyline versioning. At this point the tab and space bar work, except as described before in Edge.
*It has occurred that the initial slide reads the text box with the title as a button, and when space bar is used as instructed, it goes directly to Next, and that would be for every slide from that point. Doesn't happen every time.
If anyone has successfully created a course that fills ADA compliance requirements including ease of navigation, please let me know and inform if you used the player as is, used latest version or reverted to the older version and stuck with the tab and space bar options, and any other helpful information.
LMS is Cornerstone.