Compliance Checklist for E-Learning Accessibility

Use this checklist for determining if e-Learning Course content is compliant or accessible. Besides checking for accessibility and compliance by running accessibility software on its e-Learning Course content the designer or developer also needs to check manually for compliance utilizing this checklist. NOTE: This Checklist is a guide to assist in identifying key issues involved with the requirements of the Accessibility Standards and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act, and other state and international legislation.

NOTE: This Checklist does not address the numerous code-level requirements and successfully completing it is not equivalent to complying with all Accessibility issues .

Checklist Items Yes No Comment
All pages require contact information: Each e-Learning site must contain an accessible link to a contact person for users who have trouble accessing content within the site. This would usually be the e-Learning course developer, course instructor, etc.      
Does the site use electronic forms? When electronic forms are designed to be completed online, the form must allow access via assistive technologies to information, field elements, and functionality, (e.g., associated controls required to complete, review, revise, and submit the form, including directions and cues). If a user makes a mistake, assist them by providing helpful error messages. For instance, if mandatory form fields have been missed, the error message should tell the user which fields still need to be completed?      
Does the site limit the time that users have to input responses or data? When a timed response is required, the user must be alerted and given sufficient, time to indicate more time is required. Users with visual, physical, or cognitive disabilities may require more time than average to read and interact with an e-Learning course page.      
Readable: Make text content readable and understandable. Think 5th grade reading level) exceptions by audience.      
Does the site use navigation links? A method must be provided that permits users to skip repetitive navigation links. Individuals who use a keyboard instead of a mouse must tab through all the navigation links before reaching the main area of the page. Providing a means of skipping these links can significantly improve efficiency and usability for screen reader and keyboard users.      
(Is navigation clear for each page?) Logical sequence and order (Use the same format for each page) Sequential order (tabs left to right or top to bottom) Navigation (2 clicks for all vital information) Provide the same look and feel throughout all pages of the e-Learning course content. Ensure that the navigation and main content are located in the same area of every page.      
Multiple keyboard movements (must be able to be keyboard driven only) It is important to remember that blind screen reader users do not use a mouse—they use the keyboard to navigate a website. It is therefore essential that all functionality and information can be accessed via the keyboard, including video controls within media players.      
(Ability to resize text) Except for captions and images of text, can text be resized without assistive technology up to 200 percent without loss of content or functionality? Many visually impaired people depend on the enlargement functions of the browser. For them to be able to use this, it must be possible to adjust the layout and the font size. For accessibility best practices the use of Black is recommended.      
(Does the site have inaccessible portions that cannot reasonably be made accessible?) A text-only page, with equivalent information or functionality, must be provided to make an e-learning Course comply with the provisions of this part, when compliance cannot be accomplished in any other way. The content of the text-only page must be updated whenever the primary page changes.      
All control buttons must have a prompt i.e. next page, summit or complete test now. Controls must also be accessible through the keyboard as well as the mouse.      
Sound (is any information conveyed by sound only) A text version must accompany it to meet Accessibility and compliance standards.      
Make e-Learning course content pages appear and operate in predictable ways. So that e-Learning course content pages work predictably for all users, no windows should be opened, no forms should be sent and no functions should be activated simply because an element receives focus.      
(Text Alternatives) Provide text alternatives for any non-text content so that it can be changed into other forms people need, such as large print, Braille, speech, symbols or simpler language. In order for information graphics to be considered accessible for blind and visually impaired users (and search engines), they must be described with a meaningful alternative text. If the graphic is a photo or a symbol (e.g., print, PDF icons), the content displayed must be described analogously in the text.      
All images must have appropriate alternate text Alternate text is meant to be a concise replacement for an image and should serve the same purpose and convey the same meaning.      
Does the site contain multimedia presentations? Captions must be available. Captions are provided to make the content of spoken language in videos accessible for deaf people.      
If any audio on a Web page plays automatically for more than 3 seconds, a mechanism must be available to pause or stop the audio, and to control audio volume independently from the overall system volume level. Automatically played audio interferes severely with screen readers, and it must therefore be possible to stop it or turn the volume down.      
Ensure link text is descriptive- If link text is not descriptive—solely using phrases such as (click here) there is no way for screen reader users to determine where the link will take them.      
(Contrast) Sufficient color contrast is very important and makes text generally easier to read because it stands out from the background more. Many people are visually impaired and many use additional individual settings, e.g., color inversion. For these settings to have the desired effect, sufficient contrast is necessary. You should also observe links in their various states: “hover” (mouse over), “focus”, and “visited”.      
Does the page require an applet, plug-in or other application to access the information on the page? When a e-Learning Course 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 that plug-in or applet.      

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