Accessibility and Adobe Flash

Accessibility and Adobe Flash

Flash content has its own accessibility challenges, and it is important that Flash content meet the success criteria of WCAG 2.0 in the same way that other technologies are required to meet these guidelines. There has quite a lot of work done, particularly by the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative and Adobe itself, to create resources that support developers to create more accessible Flash content.

Resources

  • Flash Techniques for WCAG 2.0, created by the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative, is a set of specific authoring practices and examples for developing more accessible Flash content.  Each technique describes what technology it is applicable to (e.g. Adobe Flash Professional MX), the WCAG 2.0 success criteria that it relates to, and a description plus practical code examples.
  • The Adobe Accessibility Resource Centre has information about how to create more accessible content using Adobe products. This includes the Adobe Flash accessibility design guidelines with practical suggestions for making Flash content more accessible using Adobe Flash Professional CS5.  There are also video tutorials, demos and discussions about fundamental techniques and best practice for creating accessible Flash content from the Accessibility @ Adobe video library. And don’t forget to keep up-to-date with new developments via the Adobe Accessibility blog.
  • Creating Accessible Flash Content from WebAIM discusses Flash accessibility issues and how assistive technologies work with Flash, plus practical code examples for creating accessible Flash content.

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