(508 Compliance) How do you format scripts for clients who want a text-only option for employees?
Nov 29, 2017
Hi everyone! I'm researching some 508 related issues based on a lot of client requests we've had this year, and I thought I'd pick y'all's brains for some ideas.
Even though Storyline courses are 508 friendly through a JAWS reader, we still get quite a few requests from clients for a script that they can give to their employees who request it -- either because they prefer to read text, or are ESL, or hard-of-hearing, or visually impaired, etc. Whatever the reason, it's been odd how many requests we get for that.
Usually, we just send a PDF'd version of the Word Output from Storyline but I don't think that format is very user friendly, especially when we get to non-linear courses, or those that are quiz-based learning (you answer questions, and learn through the feedback).
So we had an idea for a storyboard/script combo that includes an image of the slide, plus the narration text or the text that appears on the slide (if there is no narration). But would this work with screen readers? Will a screenreader work left to right to accommodate the Slide Number, Slide Title, Image and Slide Text?
And then the challenge arises with non-linear courses, or the kinds where users can test-out of sections. How do you format scripts/storyboards to show the possible paths in a way that makes sense for users who can't go through the training in its intended form?
Any ideas or thoughts or resources you can recommend?