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On the whole, screen readers interact with Rise 360 courses the same way they do websites. However, if you’re not familiar with that experience, knowing that isn’t very helpful! In this article, we’ll walk you through some key things to know about the screen reader experience, so you know what to expect.

1. Screen readers start announcing Rise 360 course content automatically. 

When you open your Rise 360 course with your screen reader activated, it’ll automatically start reading your content aloud. 

2. Screen readers often stop announcing content after a certain number of characters. 

Some screen readers (like NVDA and JAWS) stop reading after a certain number of characters (for example, 100 or 150). This is true for all types of content—not just content built in Rise 360.

If you’d like your screen reader to continue reading, press the down arrow on your keyboard. You can also customize this setting. To find out how to do that, refer to your screen reader’s user guide.

3. Screen readers announce most—but not all—content from left to right and top to bottom.

In most cases, screen readers read your Rise 360 content from left to right and top to bottom. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, screen readers read the title of the course or lesson before the name of the course authors or lesson number, even if that content is above the title. This is done on purpose—to ensure screen reader learners have the context they need to understand what the author or lesson number is referring to. Let’s look at an example:

Screenshot of Lesson

Screen Reader Announcement Order

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  1. Lesson title
  2. Author name
  3. Lesson number
  4. Course content

Note that since it’s decorative, I deliberately hid the image from the screen reader by changing the alt text to “”. That way, the screen reader skips over it. If I hadn’t done that, the screen reader would have read the image name or alt text before the course content.

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More Resources

Hopefully these insights will help prepare you for testing your Rise 360 courses with screen readers. But if you feel like you need more information before you get started, check out these helpful resources: 

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