University of Wisconsin

Written by Gabe Anderson — Posted in Case Studies, Customers

At DevLearn last month, one of the questions I was asked a number of times was, “How does Articulate Presenter address section 508 accessibility requirements?”

I’m pleased to present this customer spotlight from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, which does an excellent job demonstrating a couple of the ways your content can meet 508 compliance — by adding a text transcript and a map of keyboard shortcuts. Take a look at the Accessibility link in the upper-right corner (this is a custom version of the Attachments feature). Not only that, but it’s a visually stunning and culturally interesting presentation.

Christopher Blaire Bundy, Team Lead, Teaching and Consulting Group with DoIT, Academic Technology, writes,

“This lecture is used as an introduction to the oral traditions of African Storytellers. Harold Scheub, University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Professor of African Languages and Literature, spent about ten years beginning in the late 1960s walking up and down the coastline of South Africa collecting research, interviews, images and movies of African storytellers. Professor Scheub provides historical context and commentary along with beautiful images of South Africa to create a very captivating presentation.”


“Articulate Presenter was used to synchronize images, narration and text transcripts into a compelling presentation,” Chris continues. “Articulate was selected for this presentation for its ease of use, cross-platform/browser delivery capabilities and elegant user interface.

View Introduction to African Story Telling

Thank you, Chris, Professor Scheub, and UWM for sharing this work of art!

11 responses to “University of Wisconsin”


We are currently using Articulate to develop a range of e-learning programmes for a charity. Accessibility is a big issue for them of course and they are very ‘anti-Flash’. Is it possible to use Keyboard Shortcuts when using Quizmaster and Engage interactions?

John Curran // Posted at 1:50 pm on May 27th, 2007

Hi John-

You can use the tab and space key to navigate a Quizmaker quiz, but Engage does not currently support keyboard navigation. I’d suggest submitting a feature request here.

gabe // Posted at 3:13 pm on May 29th, 2007

Thanks for that. Will let you know how we get on with using Articulate as an accessible e-learning development tool.

John Curran // Posted at 6:27 am on May 31st, 2007

I had some problems with using the keyboard an navigating through the course. The program let me move from one button/link to another using the arrow buttons. Unfortunately, it was also navigating to the next/previous slide at the same time.

Mike Becvar // Posted at 2:20 pm on August 3rd, 2007

Hi, I can’t seen to launch the example. Is it offline? All I get is a window With a grey field and nothing else. The address for the link is


Marty // Posted at 12:02 pm on November 5th, 2007

Hi Marty-

Could you please try viewing the demo with Firefox or another browser? It sounds like you’re using IE7, which won’t work with Presenter 4 content like this (without implementing the fix we recommend in that Knowledge Base article).

(I’ve contacted the customer a couple times to try to get them to update the example – hosted on their servers – but have yet to hear back.)

gabe // Posted at 4:23 pm on November 6th, 2007

Did you even try to access the Accessibility link in your demo? I can’t get to it by way of keyboard and when I use JAWS I have do a INS+F5 to get the button to activate it. Then I can’t even read the information in the box.

Also, some of keyboard shortcut keys are JAWS keys and don’t function when JAWS is on.

Grady McGhee // Posted at 4:41 pm on November 28th, 2007

Grady- Once the player is the focus of your keyboard input, you should be able to navigate to the menu via tab and arrow keys; I just tested this and it worked fine.

The text transcript is intended as one of many ways you can make your content compliant.

There’s a related discussion on 508 compliance and JAWS in our forums.

gabe // Posted at 5:44 pm on December 6th, 2007

The accessibility in this video is “ok”, but there are some major flaws:

E.g., clicking “S” opens the search. You cannot navigate away from that tab back to “O” (outline) or “T” (thumbnails” because everything you type goes into the search box.

I was also not able to get some of the other options to work (e..g, space bar for pause).

Where is there a manual for encoding these shortcuts and any resolutions to existing ADA compliance issues? I am a new user of Articulate and have paid very good money for it and the quizmaker and engage programs. I am distraught thinking I am not going to be able to use it now because it is not compliant and I develop for learning/higher education online. It’s not that I want to care, but FEDERAL USAMERICAN LAW says I have to…

If this post is no longer active, please email me with suggestions at

Thank you!
Lisa Marie

ps. Captivate 3 has transparent accessibility features. You should too!!!!

Lisa Marie // Posted at 7:58 pm on August 28th, 2008

Looks like it was built with the old player publisher. Was this published for Flash PLayer 10? If not, could someone put it through the converter?

Jason Smith // Posted at 5:50 pm on January 11th, 2012

@Jason: It was indeed. I’ve reached out to Christopher a couple times about using the Flash Player 10 Updater, but no luck. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the foresight in 2005 to host or get access to the content ourselves.

gabe // Posted at 10:46 am on January 12th, 2012

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