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Respondus 4.0 Accessibility

The Voluntary Product Accessibility Template provided below is intended to assist contracting and compliance officials in making preliminary assessments regarding the accessibility support of Respondus 4.0. This document is not intended to be a certification of compliance, but rather, a starting point for determining accessibility compliance.

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template


Date: 2014
Name of Product: Respondus 4.0
Contact for More Information: sales@respondus.com

Summary Table

Criteria Supporting Features Remarks and explanations
Section 1194.21 Software Applications and Operating Systems Supports with Exceptions Respondus 4.0 is a client-based authoring tool used by instructors to create assessments that are then uploaded to learning management systems such as Blackboard. Respondus 4.0 streamlines the ability to create assessments, but there are no features in Respondus 4.0 that cannot be accomplished directly within the learning management system itself -- and all learning management systems that integrate with Respondus 4.0 are Section 508 compliant. Also note that all assessment content created with Respondus 4.0 can easily be made Section 508 compliant. For example, when an image or equation is added to a question, Respondus 4.0 prompts the instructor to enter ALT tags. Finally, note that Respondus 4.0 is never used by students, only instructors.
Section 1194.22 Web-based internet information and applications    
Section 1194.23 Telecommunications Products    
Section 1194.24 Video and Multi-media Products    
Section 1194.25 Self-Contained, Closed Product    
Section 1194.26 Desktop and Portable Computers    
Section 1194.31 Functional Performance Criteria    
Section 1194.41 Information, Documentation, and Support Supports with Exceptions  


Section 1194.21 Software Applications and Operating Systems - Detail

Criteria Supporting Features Remarks and explanations
(a) When software is designed to run on a system that has a keyboard, product functions shall be executable from a keyboard where the function itself or the result of performing a function can be discerned textually. Does not support This is an authoring tool, used by instructors, to create web-based assessments for students. The materials output from our tool are fully Section 508 compatible, but the authoring environment used by instructors requires the use of a mouse.
(b) Applications shall not disrupt or disable activated features of other products that are identified as accessibility features, where those features are developed and documented according to industry standards. Applications also shall not disrupt or disable activated features of any operating system that are identified as accessibility features where the application programming interface for those accessibility features has been documented by the manufacturer of the operating system and is available to the product developer. Supports  
(c) A well-defined on-screen indication of the current focus shall be provided that moves among interactive interface elements as the input focus changes. The focus shall be programmatically exposed so that Assistive Technology can track focus and focus changes. Supports with exceptions The authoring environment for instructors doesn't always indicate the current focus of the user interface. All content generated is Section 508 compliant.
(d) Sufficient information about a user interface element including the identity, operation and state of the element shall be available to Assistive Technology. When an image represents a program element, the information conveyed by the image must also be available in text. Supports with exceptions The authoring environment for instructors doesn't always support this feature, but all student content generated with this tool is Section 508 compliant.
(e) When bitmap images are used to identify controls, status indicators, or other programmatic elements, the meaning assigned to those images shall be consistent throughout an application's performance. Supports with exceptions The authoring environment for instructors doesn't always support this feature, but all student content generated with this tool is Section 508 compliant.
(f) Textual information shall be provided through operating system functions for displaying text. The minimum information that shall be made available is text content, text input caret location, and text attributes. Supports with exceptions  
(g) Applications shall not override user selected contrast and color selections and other individual display attributes. Supports  
(h) When animation is displayed, the information shall be displayable in at least one non-animated presentation mode at the option of the user. Not applicable  
(i) Color coding shall not be used as the only means of conveying information, indicating an action, prompting a response, or distinguishing a visual element. Supports  
(j) When a product permits a user to adjust color and contrast settings, a variety of color selections capable of producing a range of contrast levels shall be provided. Supports  
(k) Software shall not use flashing or blinking text, objects, or other elements having a flashing or blink frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz. Supports

 
(l) When electronic forms are used, the form shall allow people using Assistive Technology to access the information, field elements, and functionality required for completion and submission of the form, including all directions and cues. Supports with exceptions The authoring environment for instructors doesn't always support this feature, but all student content generated with this tool is Section 508 compliant.


Section 1194.41 Information, Documentation, and Support - Detail

Criteria Supporting Features Remarks and explanations
(a) Product support documentation provided to end-users shall be made available in alternate formats upon request, at no additional charge. Supports  
(b) End-users shall have access to a description of the accessibility and compatibility features of products in alternate formats or alternate methods upon request, at no additional charge. Supports with exceptions The Respondus 4.0 user guide is available as a MS Word .doc file with minimal formatting. The built-in online help is text-based and useable with screen readers.  
(c) Support services for products shall accommodate the communication needs of end-users with disabilities. Supports Technical support can be obtained by submitting a support ticket through respondus.com/esupport