Accessible Learning Object Design

Guidelines for Authors

These materials have been created to support those involved in the development of online interactive learning objects using Articulate Storyline (Adobe Captivate to come). These self-directed learning resources provide guidance for designing for compliance of interactive learning objects with WCAG 2.0 AA Web Accessibility standards.

Navigating the Material

The material has been organized according to the four major accessible design principles, and the relevant guidelines applicable to learning objects, as formed by WCAG. These four areas are:

Perceivable: Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive.
Operable: User interface components and navigation must be operable.
Understandable: Information and the operation of user interface must be understandable.
Robust: Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies.

The material covers those guidelines that require human intervention to ensure accessibility (e.g. adding alternative text). Some guidelines not applicable to these objects and those guidelines that are met inherently in the software (e.g. when electronic forms are used, the form shall allow people using assistive technology to access the information) and are not otherwise referenced in this guide.

A full checklist of the guidelines is also available.

You can view the Storyline Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) for full details on accessible compliance.

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