Is Zaption accessible?

We want everyone who visits Zaption to feel welcome and have a great learning experience. To reach this goal, we've been using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities and more user-friendly for everyone. We also have filled out the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT).

The guidelines have three levels of accessibility (A, AA and AAA). We’ve chosen Level AA as the target for the Zaption lesson viewing and account management areas. We do not have an accessibility target for the Zaption lesson editing experience at this time. We've worked hard and believe we've achieved our goal of Level AA accessibility. We monitor the website regularly to maintain this, but if you do find any problems, please get in touch.

We are only fully accessible on the lesson viewing and account management areas, which includes login, signup, navigating to a lesson, lesson playback, and account settings. Some other areas may be accessible, but haven't been fully tested. 


Screenreader Tips for Authors and Viewers

  • Screen reader support should work on any fully modern and compliant screen reader
  • Tested on VoiceOver on Mac OS X 10.9, and JAWS 15 on Windows 8
  • Recommended browsers for screen reader users:
    • Chrome/Safari on Mac
    • Firefox on Windows
    • Any of our supported browsers will mostly work, but these offer a cleaner experience


Shortcuts for Lesson Player:

  • Space bar = toggle play/pause
  • ← or Option - ← = previous clip or element (Option - ← is necessary for some users if their screen readers hijacks the arrow keys)
  • → or Option - → = next clip or element (Option - → is necessary for some users if their screen readers hijacks the arrow keys)
  • Shift - ← = seek backward half a second
  • Shift - → = seek forward half a second
  • Shift-Control ← = seek backward 10 seconds
  • Shift-Control → = seek forward 10 seconds
  • ↑ = increase volume by 10%
  • ↓ = decrease volume by 10%
  • M = toggle mute on/off
  • F = toggle full-screen mode on/off (however, fullscreen is not recommended while using screenreaders) 
  • T = show time elapsed on timeline (read by screenreaders)
  • + or : increase or decrease playback rate


Additional Tips:

Finally, given the nature of some elements, like the Drawing or Drawn Response elements, there are some limitation for lessons to be completely accessible. We do not recommend using these optional elements if you are creating lessons for viewers who will be using screenreaders.

While Zaption does not transcribe videos used in lessons. Authors are able to upload an SRT file to the video for subtitles while creating the lesson. Alternatively, Authors can link to a transcript that is posted online, and then communicate to users with screenreaders how to access the transcript. Authors are also able to import subtitles from a YouTube video into the lesson from Video Settings. More details on how to add subtitles to a lesson can be found here.

In the Element Settings of the Image Slide, authors can add a description of the image. This short description will be read by screenreaders when the lesson is played.

We are committed to making Zaption as fully accessible as possible. If there are shortcuts or tweaks we can add to make the viewing experience easier or faster to navigate, please let us know!

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