Accessibility in Rise

Dec 01, 2016


As mentioned on the website under FAQ for Rise "Are Rise courses compliant with accessibility guidelines?
Rise employs many modern web standards for accessibility, and additional accessibility improvements are in development."

Could you please specify in detail which of these are supported in current version:
WCAG AA, WAI-ARIA Labels, Section 508, DDA, Equality Act and Screen Reader Supports.


342 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Roberta,

Thanks for checking in and happy New Year! 

We're still working on things like keyboard navigation and hope to have that ready within the beginning of this year! 

I was also talking with a few members of our team earlier, and they're using discussions such as this one to understand more about what accessibility features you need/want and how that impacts compliance. So if you have any other thoughts or ideas please share them here! Our product team loves hearing new ideas-- you can also share yours with us right here. 😁 

VPF Training 2

Hi there,

We've received feedback that some elements in Rise are very light in color, to the point that they are difficult or impossible to see for folks with less strong eyesight.

Is there an option to increase the contrast? The specific feedback was regarding the Multiple Response checkboxes and the Fill in the Blank answer line, but that same light gray is used in other places as well. I think it's particularly problematic when the light gray is used for very thin lines.

We appreciate the attention that the Articulate team is giving to accessibility improvements!


Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Jessica,

Thanks for that feedback. I know we shipped some text contrast changes last fall, to ensure that the contrast ratio used throughout Rise courses is WCAG compliant. I'll pass along the feedback about applying that to all elements such as check boxes and other pieces the user needs to interact with. 

Agnieszka Gorgon

Hello everyone,

I'm adding myself to this thread, as accessibility is a high priority for us (higher education setting in Ontario, Canada), and having just purchased a subscription to Articulate360, we'd very much like to be able to use Rise to develop content. 

I look forward to hearing of new developments in this area. 

Agnieszka Gorgon

Hello Ashley, 

Thanks for the quick reply. Here are some of our priorities:

  1. Keyboard navigation (top priority, as content is truly inaccessible if learners can't navigate  to it)
  2. Tab order (manipulating tab order supports keyboard navigation)
  3. Alt text tags (already there)
  4. Colour contrast
  5. Accessible assessments or workarounds
  6. Support for screen readers other than Jaws (take a look at this primary screen reader breakdown, as reported by WebAIM in 2017; Jaws is still up there, but free readers like NVDA and Mac's VoiceOver are highly used as well)

Nice to have:

  1. Embedded video transcripts (like those in AdaptLearning)
  2. Closed caption uploads & embeds (right now handled through YouTube)

Hope this adds more insight. 

Mike Olivieri

Hi everyone,

We know that accessibility in Rise is essential. We’re making it a priority to make sure everyone can use Rise courses.

Our ultimate goal is to meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). We’ve already taken some initial steps to meet that goal. For example, we’ve increased the contrast for built-in course features, added alt text for images, and added keyboard-accessible navigation. We’re currently working on full screen reader support.

We know there’s more to be done and we’d love your input. If you’re interested in helping us make Rise more accessible, please sign up for the private beta forum on E-Learning Heroes. We’ll release product updates to this beta and gather your feedback to refine Rise accessibility features.

We appreciate your support. Thank you!