Accessibility

TestOut Courseware Online Content Accessibility Release Note

As the primary international standards body, the World-wide Web Consortium (www), periodically issues guidelines for making web-based content accessible to all users, including those with disabilities. Their current set of guidelines, WCAG 2.0, was issued in late 2008 and adopted as an ISO standard in October of 2012. The governments of many world nations, including Australia, the EU, Canada, the United States, Colombia and Israel, have adopted these guidelines, either officially or in nearly identical policy statements of their own.

TestOut Corporation is committed to providing effective online learning resources via its LabSim-based courseware in order to help learners develop employable IT skills. To that end, TestOut has included functionality to assist users with disabilities.

Following are some of the features in TestOut’s LabSim online learning platform that address accessibility:

  • Extended time setting for exam duration, including a default setting that, when enabled, doubles the allotted time to take an exam
  • Closed captioning support for videos
  • Display of interactive text scripts during video presentation
  • Text lessons
  • Text for lab simulation solution steps
  • Text-based glossary of terms
  • Print option for custom exams
  • Print options for all text-based course materials

Based on feedback from contacts around the world, TestOut is currently planning and developing further accessibility features during 2017.  These features include but are not limited to: inclusion of a dyslexic font, variable exam duration, closed captioning size, color and font adjustment and improved contrast in interactive scripts.

The following chart outlines the WCAG 2.0 guidelines for levels A and AA and indicates where TestOut complies, what features are under development, and how available third-party solutions may address the guidelines:

WCAG 2.0 checklist Level A

Level A Guideline

Compliance

Summary

Comments

1.1.1 – Non-text Content

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Provide text alternatives for non-text content

Yes, Closed Captioning, video transcripts; however we currently do not support alternative images text

1.2.1 – Audio-only and Video-only (Pre-recorded)

N/A

Provide an alternative to video-only and audio-only content

N/A

1.2.2 – Captions (Pre-recorded)

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Provide captions for videos with audio

Yes

1.2.3 – Audio Description or Media Alternative (Pre-recorded)

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Video with audio has a second alternative

Yes

1.3.1 – Info and Relationships

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Logical structure

Yes

1.3.2 – Meaningful Sequence

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Present content in a meaningful order

Yes

1.3.3 – Sensory Characteristics

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Use more than one sense for instructions

Yes in general, except for lab simulations

1.4.1 – Use of Colour

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Don’t use presentation that relies solely on color

Yes,
Not available for some hardware features
such as cabling color

1.4.2 – Audio Control

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Don’t play audio automatically

Yes

2.1.1 – Keyboard

N/A

Accessible by
keyboard only

Yes, with an exception for lab simulations

2.1.2 – No Keyboard Trap

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Don’t trap keyboard users

Some lab forms are currently under development and evaluation

2.2.1 – Timing Adjustable

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Time limits have user controls

Yes, there is a variable time control, or a default setting to double the time

2.2.2 – Pause, Stop, Hide

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Provide user controls for moving content

Yes

2.3.1 – Three Flashes or Below

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No content flashes more than three times per second

Yes

2.4.1 – Bypass Blocks

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Provide a ‘Skip to Content’ link

Yes

2.4.2 – Page Titled

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Use helpful and clear page titles

Yes

2.4.3 – Focus Order

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Logical order

Yes

2.4.4 – Link Purpose (In Context)

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Every link’s purpose is clear from its context

Yes

3.1.1 – Language of Page

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Page has a language assigned

Yes, all content displays in one language; however, user can toggle from one language to another available one.

3.2.1 – On Focus

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Elements do not change when they receive focus

Yes

3.2.2 – On Input

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Elements do not change when they receive input

Yes

3.3.1 – Error Identification

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Clearly identify input errors

Yes, except for lab simulated labs

3.3.2 – Labels or Instructions

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Label elements and give instructions

Yes

4.1.1 – Parsing

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No major code errors

Yes

4.1.2 – Name, Role, Value

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Build all elements for accessibility

Currently, partially compliant

WCAG 2.0 checklist Level AA

Level AA Guideline

Compliance

Summary

Comments

1.2.4 – Captions (Live)

N/A

Live videos have captions

N/A

1.2.5 – Audio Description (Pre-recorded)

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Users have access to audio description for video content

Yes

1.4.3 – Contrast (Minimum)

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Contrast ratio between text and background is at least 4.5:1

Yes, contrast ratio is 6.25.1 for text lessons, which is a AAA compliant

1.4.4 – Resize Text

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Text can be resized to 200% without loss of content or function

Yes

1.4.5 – Images of Text

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Don’t use images of text

Yes

2.4.5 – Multiple Ways

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Offer several ways to find pages

Yes

2.4.6 – Headings and Labels

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Use clear headings and labels

Yes

2.4.7 – Focus Visible

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Ensure keyboard focus is visible and clear

Yes

3.1.2 – Language of Parts

N/A

Tell users when the language on a page changes

N/A, all content displays in one language; however, user can toggle from one language to another available one.

3.2.3 – Consistent Navigation

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Use menus consistently

Yes

3.2.4 – Consistent Identification

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Use icons and buttons consistently

Yes

3.3.3 – Error Suggestion

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Suggest fixes when users make errors

Yes

3.3.4- Error Prevention (Legal, Financial, Data)

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Reduce the risk of input errors for sensitive data

Yes