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Re: accessible authoring tool for online tutorials


From: Michael Boam
Date: Jun 30, 2010 11:51AM


Have you seen S5 Reloaded?
It is a HTML presentation tool with audio and effects.
Effects could be enhanced easily with a JavaScript library like jQuery.

While it is HTML I don't know how well it reads for screen readers, I
suspect OK because without a style sheet its just a big document. Perhaps
seasoned screen readers could comment. There are demos on the website.

Also because it is HTML it wont need any plugins and it will degrade to


On Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 7:49 PM, < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> Good afternoon, brilliant accessibility hive mind. My coworkers
> in an academic environment are looking for an authoring tool
> which will help administrative staff in the University produced
> interactive tutorials. It needs to be an accessible tool, and it
> needs to produce accessible tutorials. Currently, content is all
> text-based multiple choice questions, with different feedback for
> each answer. They want an authoring tool that doesn't require any
> particular technical skills besides basic computer use.
> The tools they've looked at so far all produce Flash, which seems
> kind of overkill to me, but hey, if it's accessible Flash, at
> least.
> The department has defined accessibility as "the need for people
> to be able to complete the tutorial via a screen reader,
> keystrokes, or voice-activation software as a baseline level of
> functionality."
> They looked at Articulate, but apparently Articulate could not
> meet that basic level of accessibility. Now they are looking at
> Adobe Presenter, which at least on paper seems to meet the basic
> requirements. I worry, of course, because Flash needs to have
> effort put into it in order to be accessible, and if Presenter
> doesn't do those accessibility steps automatically I'm not sure
> how much the tutorial-creating staff will remember to go the
> extra step.
> Do all y'all have any opinions about any other tools which might
> meet this need? Or, for that matter, about Adobe Presenter. I
> assume Andrew has opinions about Presenter. :-)
> Thank you so much,
> -deborah