Articulate Storyline and Section 508 Accessibility

Article Last Updated May 15, 2017

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It’s our goal to help people with disabilities interact as fully as possible with the interactive e-learning courses you create in Articulate Storyline.

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The following table outlines the many ways we’ve optimized Storyline to meet the requirements of Section 508 accessibility of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Section 508 Accessibility Requirement

Storyline Support

Keyboard Support

You can execute most Storyline functions using a keyboard. Exceptions include drag-and-drop and hotspot interactions.

Content Focus

Storyline displays a yellow box around the shape that’s the current focus and reports it to assistive technology.

Flicker Reduction

Storyline does not use flashing or blinking text, objects, or other elements with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz. (Note: Video imported by course authors should also conform to this standard.)

Non-Visual Operation and Information Retrieval

Storyline supports the JAWS screen reader.

Large Text

Storyline supports the JAWS screen reader and makes it easy for course authors to create large text versions of slides.

Text Equivalents

Storyline provides text equivalents for every non-text element.

Assistive Technology—Ready UI

Storyline reports an object’s or image’s type, state, and description to the accessibility interface.

Assistive Technology—Ready Forms

When forms are used, Storyline provides the type, description, and state information for field elements. (Note: Course authors must include clear written directions for completing the form.)

Assistive Technology—Ready Scripts

All content elements in Storyline include functional text that can be read by assistive technology.

Course author’s role in Section 508 Accessibility compliance

As you build a course in Storyline, you’ll make design decisions that impact Section 508 accessibility compliance. The following table outlines how you can create courses that are more accessible to people with disabilities.

Section 508 Accessibility Requirement

Author-Controlled Compliance

Image Consistency

When you use bitmap images to identify controls, status indicators, or other programmatic elements, assign a consistent meaning to those images throughout your course.

Animation (Alternative)

When you convey information in an animation, provide an alternate, non-animated slide for the content.

Keyboard

If you include drag-and-drop or hotspot interactions, provide an alternate, keyboard-controlled interaction.

Color Coding (Alternative)

Don’t use color coding as the only means of conveying information, indicating an action, prompting a response, or distinguishing a visual element.

Multimedia (Alternative Synchronization)

When using multimedia, provide text captions that are synchronized with audio and video. Simply import caption files for narration and videos in Storyline 360 and Storyline 3.

For Storyline 1 and Storyline 2, we recommend using triggers to display a caption text box synchronized with the media. The display of the text box is controlled by a variable on the slide master.

Text-Only (Alternative)

Make a text-only version of the course available to learners.

Skip Links

Give learners a way to skip repetitive navigation links.

Open/Closed Captions

Provide open or closed captions for all informational video, multimedia, and audio.

For closed captions, import caption files for narration and videos in Storyline 360 and Storyline 3. For Storyline 1 and Storyline 2, we recommend using triggers to display a caption text box synchronized with the media. The display of the text box is controlled by a variable on the slide master.

Audio Descriptions

Provide audio descriptions for all content.

User-Selectable Audio and Text Descriptions

Make all display of alternate text and audio descriptions user-selectable.

Support for Hearing Impaired

Add notes or captions to slides containing audio and video.

Learn more about Section 508 accessibility requirements.