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StudyMate Author Accessibility

StudyMate Author accessibility falls into two areas: the accessibility of the StudyMate authoring tool, and the accessibility of activities created with StudyMate Author.

The StudyMate authoring tool is only partially supportive of accessible and assistive technologies. The authoring tool supports screen magnifiers and alternative input devices. Screen reader compatibility is only partial, since some navigation and content creation tasks are visually oriented. However, StudyMate Author allows content to be created by other programs (text editors, word processors) that are fully supportive of other assistive technologies. Thus, it is possible to create content for StudyMate Author in other applications and then import the data using StudyMate Author.

StudyMate Activities

StudyMate Author can publish content in two formats (Flash and HTML5). If both formats are used, they together offer full support for assistive technologies.

Flash activities support the following assistive technologies:

The HTML5 activities fully support all assistive technologies compatible with web browsers, including input, magnification and screen reader technologies. Additionally, any images in the source material are replaced with alternate text created by the content author.

Our goal is to make activities created with StudyMate Author easier for everyone to use. The Voluntary Product Accessibility Template provided below is intended to assist contracting and compliance officials in making preliminary assessments regarding the accessibility support of activities created with StudyMate Author. The table contains three columns. Column one describes the subsections of subparts B and C of Section 508 standards. Column two describes the supporting features of the product. Column three contains any remarks or explanations about the product. This document is not intended to be a certification of compliance, but rather, a starting point for determining accessibility compliance.

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

For StudyMate Author Activities created using the StudyMate application

Summary Table
Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

Criteria Supporting Features Remarks and explanations
Section 1194.21 Software Applications and Operating Systems Please refer to the following VPAT for StudyMate Activities features that meet these criteria.  
Section 1194.22 Web-based internet information and applications Please refer to the following VPAT for StudyMate Activities features that meet these criteria.  
Section 1194.23 Telecommunications Products These criteria do not apply to StudyMate Activities.  
Section 1194.24 Video and Multi-media Products Please refer to the following VPAT for StudyMate Activities features that meet these criteria.  
Section 1194.25 Self-Contained, Closed Product These criteria do not apply to StudyMate Activities.  
Section 1194.26 Desktop and Portable Computers These criteria do not apply to StudyMate Activities.  
Section 1194.31 Functional Performance Criteria Please refer to the following VPAT for StudyMate Activities features that meet these criteria.  
Section 1194.41 Information, Documentation, and Support Please refer to the following VPAT for StudyMate Activities features that meet these criteria.  


Section 1194.21 Software Applications and Operating Systems - Detail
Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

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. Criteria fully met.  
(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. Criteria fully met.  
(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. Criteria fully met.  
(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. Criteria fully met.  
(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. Criteria fully met.  
(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. Criteria fully met.  
(g) Applications shall not override user selected contrast and color selections and other individual display attributes. Criteria fully met.  
(h) When animation is displayed, the information shall be displayable in at least one non-animated presentation mode at the option of the user. Criteria fully met.  
(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. Criteria fully met.  
(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. Criteria fully met.  
(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. Criteria partially met:

(a) The Flash and HTML5 activities include one flashing highlight around a navigational element.

(b) Alternative Text activity includes no flashing or blinking text, objects or elements.
 
(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. Criteria fully met.  


Section 1194.22 Web-based Internet information and applications - Detail
Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

Criteria Supporting Features Remarks and explanations
(a) A text equivalent for every non-text element shall be provided (e.g., via "alt", "longdesc", or in element content). Criteria fully met.  
(b) Equivalent alternatives for any multimedia presentation shall be synchronized with the presentation. Criteria fully met.  
(c) Web pages shall be designed so that all information conveyed with color is also available without color, for example from context or markup. Criteria fully met.  
(d) Documents shall be organized so they are readable without requiring an associated style sheet. Criteria fully met.  
(e) Redundant text links shall be provided for each active region of a server-side image map. Criteria not applicable to this product. StudyMate Activities do not use this feature.
(f) Client-side image maps shall be provided instead of server-side image maps except where the regions cannot be defined with an available geometric shape. Criteria not applicable to this product. StudyMate Activities do not use this feature.
(g) Row and column headers shall be identified for data tables. Criteria not applicable to this product. StudyMate Activities do not use this feature.
(h) Markup shall be used to associate data cells and header cells for data tables that have two or more logical levels of row or column headers. Criteria not applicable to this product. StudyMate Activities do not use this feature.
(i) Frames shall be titled with text that facilitates frame identification and navigation. Criteria not applicable to this product. StudyMate Activities do not use this feature.
(j) Pages shall be designed to avoid causing the screen to flicker with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz. Criteria fully met.  
(k) A text-only page, with equivalent information or functionality, shall be provided to make a web site comply with the provisions of this part, when compliance cannot be accomplished in any other way. The content of the text-only page shall be updated whenever the primary page changes. Criteria fully met.  
(l) When pages utilize scripting languages to display content, or to create interface elements, the information provided by the script shall be identified with functional text that can be read by Assistive Technology. Criteria fully met.  
(m) When a web page requires that an applet, plug-in or other application be present on the client system to interpret page content, the page must provide a link to a plug-in or applet that complies with ยง1194.21(a) through (l). Criteria fully met.  
(n) When electronic forms are designed to be completed on-line, 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. Criteria fully met.  
(o) A method shall be provided that permits users to skip repetitive navigation links. Criteria fully met.  
(p) When a timed response is required, the user shall be alerted and given sufficient time to indicate more time is required. Criteria fully met.  
Note to 1194.22: The Board interprets paragraphs (a) through (k) of this section as consistent with the following priority 1 Checkpoints of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG 1.0) (May 5 1999) published by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium: Paragraph (a) - 1.1, (b) - 1.4, (c) - 2.1, (d) - 6.1, (e) - 1.2, (f) - 9.1, (g) - 5.1, (h) - 5.2, (i) - 12.1, (j) - 7.1, (k) - 11.4.


Section 1194.24 Video and Multimedia Products - Detail
Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

Criteria Supporting Features Remarks and explanations
(a) All analog television displays 13 inches and larger, and computer equipment that includes analog television receiver or display circuitry, shall be equipped with caption decoder circuitry which appropriately receives, decodes, and displays closed captions from broadcast, cable, videotape, and DVD signals. As soon as practicable, but not later than July 1, 2002, widescreen digital television (DTV) displays measuring at least 7.8 inches vertically, DTV sets with conventional displays measuring at least 13 inches vertically, and stand-alone DTV tuners, whether or not they are marketed with display screens, and computer equipment that includes DTV receiver or display circuitry, shall be equipped with caption decoder circuitry which appropriately receives, decodes, and displays closed captions from broadcast, cable, videotape, and DVD signals. Criteria not applicable to this product. StudyMate Activities do not include any display hardware.
(b) Television tuners, including tuner cards for use in computers, shall be equipped with secondary audio program playback circuitry. Criteria not applicable to this product. StudyMate Activities do not include any television tuner hardware.
(c) All training and informational video and multimedia productions which support the agency's mission, regardless of format, that contain speech or other audio information necessary for the comprehension of the content, shall be open or closed captioned. Criteria fully met.  
(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. Criteria fully met.  
(e) Display or presentation of alternate text presentation or audio descriptions shall be user-selectable unless permanent. Criteria fully met.  


Section 1194.31 Functional Performance Criteria
Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

Criteria Supporting Features Remarks and explanations
(a) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require user vision shall be provided, or support for assistive technology used by people who are blind or visually impaired shall be provided. Criteria fully met.
(b) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require visual acuity greater than 20/70 shall be provided in audio and enlarged print output working together or independently, or support for assistive technology used by people who are visually impaired shall be provided. Criteria fully met.  
(c) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require user hearing shall be provided, or support for assistive technology used by people who are deaf or hard of hearing shall be provided. Criteria fully met.  
(d) Where audio information is important for the use of a product, at least one mode of operation and information retrieval shall be provided in an enhanced auditory fashion, or support for assistive hearing devices shall be provided. Criteria fully met.  
(e) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require user speech shall be provided, or support for assistive technology used by people with disabilities shall be provided. Criteria fully met.  
(f) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require fine motor control or simultaneous actions and that is operable with limited reach and strength shall be provided. Criteria fully met.  


Section 1194.41 Information, Documentation, and Support - Detail
Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

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. Criteria fully met.  
(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. Criteria fully met.  
(c) Support services for products shall accommodate the communication needs of end-users with disabilities. Criteria fully met.