January 17, 2020
Adding Accessibility
January 17, 2020
Adding Accessibility
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Hello Everyone,

I am editing content (Captivate 2019) to make it accessible. I have slides that have text boxes filled with text. I have copied and pasted the text in the text box into the “Item Accessibility” from the property inspector.

I have also followed these steps, copying and pasting the same text in the text box:

Add accessibility text to slides

A screen reader can read aloud text that appears on the computer screen. Screen readers are useful for people with visual impairment. In Adobe Captivate, you can write text describing each slide for screen readers to read aloud.

  • Open the slide to which you want to add accessible text.

  • In the Property Inspector, click Accessibility.

  • Type the text that you want the screen reader to read aloud.

  • To use the slide notes (Text-to-speech and closed captioning included), click Import Slide Notes, and click OK.

    So my question is, isn’t this going to be duplicative for a screen reader? Won’t the screen reader read the same text twice? Is it better to just add the text in one place instead? If so, where should it be added, at the slide or text box level? And if this is the case, what should be put in the one that doesn’t have all of the text?

    Any and all help/suggestions will be greatly appreciated!


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2020-02-12 23:46:45
2020-02-12 23:46:45


This is what I do, but I do not know if it is the best solution. I am also trying to figure it all out, but it has passed our 3rd party review for 508.

I use the integrated closed caption for my audio files. When using the screen reader you have to turn the audio off on the slide so that they don’t conflict. I place these instructions at the beginning of the course.

If I need the screen reader to read the slide, I use button vs text boxes so that the screen reader can read the button, plus, you can order the buttons so the screen reader reads them in the correct sequence.

I hope this helps,


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