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Making Flash Content Accessible

You’re most likely here because you need to make sure your Flash web content is accessible to people with disabilities.

You might have a specific problem, like:

  • how to avoid keyboard traps in Flash
  • how to present Flash content in alternative accessible formats
  • how to use OBJECT or EMBED with Flash in an accessible way

Perhaps you need a comprehensive list of likely issues with the accessibility of Flash web content – and how to address them. Or maybe you just want to ask a direct question and get a clear, expert response.

You’re in the right place.

OzWiki will tell you what you need to know to make Flash web content accessible. The Flash section details 11 accessibility problems and how to address them, demonstrating compliance with 11 WCAG Level A success criteria.

As a subscriber, you’ll also be able to request further or more detailed information relating to your specific situation.

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The accessible alternative to the Flash feature is not equivalent

The accessible alternative to the Flash feature is not equivalent

CategoryFlash
TopicAlternative
WCAG SC 1.1.1: Non-text Content

All non-text content that is presented to the user has a text alternative that serves the equivalent purpose, except for the situations listed:

  • Controls, Input: If non-text content is a control or accepts user input, then it has a name that describes its purpose. (Refer to WCAG 2.0 guideline 4.1 for additional requirements for controls and content that accepts user input.)
  • Time-Based Media: If non-text content is time-based media, then text alternatives at least provide descriptive identification of the non-text content. (Refer to WCAG 2.0 guideline 1.2 for additional requirements for media.)
  • Test: If non-text content is a test or exercise that would be invalid if presented in text, then text alternatives at least provide descriptive identification of the non-text content.
  • Sensory: If non-text content is primarily intended to create a specific sensory experience, then text alternatives at least provide descriptive identification of the non-text content.
  • CAPTCHA: If the purpose of non-text content is to confirm that content is being accessed by a person rather than a computer, then text alternatives that identify and describe the purpose of the non-text content are provided, and alternative forms of CAPTCHA using output modes for different types of sensory perception are provided to accommodate different disabilities.
  • Decoration, Formatting, Invisible: If non-text content is pure decoration, is used only for visual formatting, or is not presented to users, then it is implemented in a way that it can be ignored by assistive technology.

http://www.w3.org/TR/UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20/text-equiv-all.html

See more errors for this SC

LevelA
Technique(s)

G82: Providing a text alternative that identifies the purpose of the non-text content

ImpactHigh

Error

The accessible alternative to the Flash feature does not provide equivalent information and functionality.

Incorrect Example(s)

Screenshot 1
(Flash version):
Flash version is titled "Employees rights and responsibilities" showing page 1 of 49
Screenshot 2
(HTML equivalent):
HTML version shows title of 'Welcome message" which is page 1 of 1

Solution

Ensure that the accessible alternative has equivalent content.

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OzWiki is an accessible resource that provides best known methods to achieve A & AA level design and interaction for web content in areas such as Audio, Video, Link, Captcha, Maps, Navigation and more. These outlined accessibility errors, examples and solutions help you become 508 compliant by demonstrating associated WCAG 2.0 success criteria and techniques.

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