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Re: Accessibility for Authoring Tools


From: Steve Green
Date: Sep 24, 2020 10:25AM

We tested a course built with Elucidat a couple of months ago. There were plenty of issues that needed to be put right, but it was absolutely miles better than Storyline. You could actually read the code and see how it works, which you can't do with Storyline because the code is bloated, incomprehensible filth. And just about everything was fixable.

We didn't have direct contact with Elucidat, but our client told us they were very open to making improvements, probably because they are a much smaller company. You're not going to get to talk to anyone who can make anything happen at Articulate.


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From: WebAIM-Forum < <EMAIL REMOVED> > On Behalf Of Amber Holladay
Sent: 24 September 2020 16:58
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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Accessibility for Authoring Tools

I have a colleague who reviewed multiple authoring tools for accessibility and she recommends https://www.elucidat.com/. Neither she nor I have any affiliation with the company.

On Thu, Sep 24, 2020 at 8:17 AM Steve Green < <EMAIL REMOVED> >

> It doesn't matter how bad Captivate is, you absolutely do not want to
> switch to Storyline. It is difficult to imagine how an authoring tool
> could be worse in terms of accessibility.
> Steve
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> Szaj, Julie
> Sent: 24 September 2020 13:54
> To: Vaughn, Michael < <EMAIL REMOVED> >; WebAIM Discussion List
> Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Accessibility for Authoring Tools
> I agree with you Michael; it would be nice if authoring tool companies
> would make their products fully accessible.
> At present, I do create responsive, online courses in Captivate 2019
> but I have colleagues who think the extra time (and cost) it takes to
> create accessible courses isn't our best approach and wants to allow
> designing "scalable" courses (instead of responsive) or look for
> another tool. That's why I am wondering how Articulate Storyline
> compares with Adobe Captivate
> 2019 when it comes to accessibility.
> Again, thanks for your thoughts Michael. I appreciate any
> thoughts/experiences from others, as I see this as a very important
> decision for our institution.
> Julie
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> From: Vaughn, Michael < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> Sent: Monday, September 21, 2020 4:57 PM
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> Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Accessibility for Authoring Tools
> I have a little experience with Captivate 2019. There is a "responsive"
> project type that I haven't explored, but the "normal" project type is
> similar to Storyline in that the HTML output does not support zooming.
> If you enable the table of contents feature, it has many accessibility
> problems. Also, if you add links to your slides, they won't be
> keyboard accessible (stick to buttons instead, which are better).
> The authoring environment is not at all accessible.
> It certainly would be great if some vendor could come up with
> something half way passable for accessible training development.
> Neither Captivate or Storyline are good options.
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> Date: Monday, September 21, 2020 at 4:26 PM
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> Captivate, while I haven't used it, Adobe publishes their VPATs so you
> might get a sense for how well it works.
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