Accessibly in Adobe Captivate

It’s a big day today in the world of accessibility, as the W3C today introduced the latest update to WCAG Standards. These are the guidelines used to ensure that content and software accommodates the needs of diverse audiences. The new standard augments the previous set (version 2.0) and is given the new version number (2.1.)  You can read all about it in this fantastic overview from Andrew Kirkpatrick, Adobe’s Group Product Manager for Accessibly.

You may at this point find yourself wondering, what’s the difference between WCAG Standards and 508 Standards for Accessiblity. Here’s a handy comparison chart – at least for WCAG 2.0 Standards comparison. In a nutshell, the WCAG standards are more extensive.

I am often asked how accessibility works in Adobe Captivate.  You’ll find a number of great resources right here on the forum (Like this one & this one from justenuf2bdangerous) that can guide you through the process of adding Closed Captions, or adding names and descriptions for screen readers to content in Captivate.  If you’re looking for some more advanced options, check out this very cool walk through of a JavaScript based popup solution complete with custom accessibility enhancements from sdwarwick of eLearningOcean.

Here is the Captivate overview that I find the most useful.  You’ll notice that the linked overview includes both information about how Captivate meets Accessibility standards, and how to setup / configure accessibility within your projects.

How are you using accessibility standards in Captivate? Which articles have you found the most useful as you implement your solutions?

 

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Adding Closed Captions for your Videos in Adobe Captivate

Adding closed captions to your eLearning courses is a basic requirement to meet accessibility standards like Section 508 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. You can easily do so for your audio-based courses by adding narration to your screen, adding slide notes, and then converting those slide notes to closed captions.

But a little-known fact is that you can have closed captions for slide videos as well. Watch this short tutorial to learn how to associate close captions with your videos embedded in Adobe Captivate courses.

No time to watch the video? Need to take a look at some quick steps? Here you go…

Steps to add video closed captions:

  1. To add a slide video, click Video > Insert Video.Picture1
  2. Add a Multi-Slide Synchronized Video and click OK.
  3. Click Video > Edit Video Timing.
  4. Click the Closed Captioning tab.
  5. Place the cursor at the position where you want to add CC.
  6. Click the + sign and enter the Closed Caption text. Edit video timing
  7. Click CC Settings to change the font, size, color, background, and the number of lines in which the captions must be displayed. CC Settings
  8. To enable the display of closed captions in the published projects, select Show Closed Captions.
  9. The ‘CC’ button appears in the playbar. While playing or previewing the project, click the ‘CC’ button to view the closed captions.

For more information on customizing the captions, read the blog Using the Customizable closed captions feature.

Leave a comment here to let me know if you have any questions about this workflow or need tutorials for any other feature in Adobe Captivate and/or Adobe Presenter.

Happy Captivating!

Adding Closed Captions for your Videos in Adobe Captivate 7

Adding closed captions to your eLearning courses is a basic requirement to meet accessibility standards like Section 508 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. You can easily do so for your audio-based courses by adding narration to your screen, adding slide notes, and then converting those slide notes to closed captions. But a little known […]