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Re: accessible authoring tool for online tutorials


From: ckrugman@sbcglobal.net
Date: Jul 1, 2010 12:54PM

I briefly checked out the demos on the site using JAWS 11 and IE8 and had o
pproblems with it.
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From: "Michael Boam" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
To: "WebAIM Discussion List" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 9:52 AM
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] accessible authoring tool for online tutorials

> Deborah
> 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
> text.
> http://www.netzgesta.de/S5/features.php
> Mike
> 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