Need help with testing 508 compliant online help

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I read that RoboHelp 2019's Indigo layout is 508 compliant. So I'm using this template to create an online help. After I compile my help, how do I test it out to verify that it is 508 compliant? Any help would be appreciated.

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Need help with testing 508 compliant online help

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I read that RoboHelp 2019's Indigo layout is 508 compliant. So I'm using this template to create an online help. After I compile my help, how do I test it out to verify that it is 508 compliant? Any help would be appreciated.

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Hi there

I believe there are several compliancy checkers out there. Likely all are on-line. Generally speaking, you supply a link to your site and the compliancy checker does its thing. I think. Of course, this would require your site to be accessible to the compliancy checker. If you are behind an internet firewall, that may be tough.

I'd begin by googling for 508 compliancy checkers.

Cheers... Rick

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I used the http://www.cynthiasays.com/ for checking my online help deployed on my development site I checked my online help compiled using the Indigo layout. This is what the website report said when I tried to check for 508 compliance. So it seems that the layout is not supporting 508. OR am I doing something wrong?

https://builddev.uspdsc.com/resources/help/topic.htm#t=Welcome.htm - Section 508

Scan completed: 4/16/2019 1:38:28 PM
Group  All issues
  • WarningSection 508
    Section 508 guidelines for web applications as described at the US Access Board web site.
    • Warning1194.22(l)
      When pages utilize ing languages to display content, or to create interface elements, the information provided by the shall be identified with functional text that can be read by assistive technology.
    • Visual check1194.22(c)
      Web pages shall be designed so that all information conveyed with color is also available without color, for example from context or markup.
      • Visual checkc.1 Ensure that all information conveyed with color is also available without col...
        This check identifies pages that potentially require color for visual checking.
    • Visual check1194.22(d)
      Documents shall be organized so they are readable without requiring an associated style sheet.
      • Visual checkd.1 Organize documents so they may be read without style sheets.
        Organize documents so they may be read without style sheets. For example, when an HTML document is rendered without associated style sheets, it must still be possible to read the page.
      • Passedd.2 Ensure Color and background color may be specified at any level in the cascad...
        Users with vision loss or cognitive challenges often require specific foreground (text) and background color combinations. For instance, many people with low vision find it much easier to see a Web page that has white text on a black background, so they may have set their user agent to create this contrast. If the author specifies that the text must be black, then it may override the settings of the user agent and render a page that has black text (specified by the author) on black background (that was set in the user agent). This principle also works in reverse. If the Webmaster forces the background to be white, then the white background specified by the author would be the same color as the white text (which was set in the user agent) rendering the page unusable to the user. Therefore, if the author specifies a foreground (text) color then they should also specify a background color which has sufficient contrast (link) with the foreground and vice versa.
      • Passedd.3 Making the DOM order match the visual order.
    • Visual check1194.22(j)
      Pages shall be designed to avoid causing the screen to flicker with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.
    • Visual check1194.22(k)
      A text-only page, with equivalent information or functionality, shall be provided to make a web site comply with the provisions of this part, when compliance cannot be accomplished in any other way. The content of the text-only page shall be updated whenever the primary page changes.
      • Visual checkk.1 Check for a 'Text Only Version' link that provides equivalent access to a page.
        If a Text Only Equivalent of a page is provided it must be updated every time the primary content changes. This checkpoint typically gets marked N/A because there are sufficient techniques for making complex web content accessible. This checkpoint may need to be customized.
    • Visual check1194.22(p)
      When a timed response is required, the user shall be ed and given sufficient time to indicate more time is required
      • Visual checkp.2 Allow users to complete an activity without any time limit.
        The objective of this technique is to provide users with all the time they need to complete an activity. This technique involves providing a specified activity which does not require timed interaction. Users are allowed as much time as they need to interact with the activity.
      • N/Ap.1 Pages are required not to use the META element with the HTTP-EQUIV attribute ...
        Until user agents provide the ability to stop the refresh, do not create periodically auto-refreshing pages.
    • N/A1194.22(a)
      A text equivalent for every non-text element shall be provided (e.g., via "alt", "longdesc", or in element content).
      • N/Aa.1 All IMG elements are required to contain either the ALT or LONGDESC attribute.
        The ALT or LONGDESC attribute is used by user agents to supply information about an image when images cannot be shown.
      • N/Aa.2 All APPLET elements are required to contain both element content and the ALT ...
        APPLET elements provide functionality that is not available to all users. Either the element content or the ALT attribute are used to describe the purpose of the applet, depending on the user agent.
      • N/Aa.3 When EMBED elements are used, the NOEMBED element or ARIA attributes are requ...
        EMBED elements present functionality not available to all users. The NOEMBED element can be used to provide a deion. ARIA attributes can be use as an alternative of NOEMBED element for providing deion.
      • N/Aa.4 All OBJECT elements are required to contain element content.
        OBJECT elements typically use technologies that are not available to all users. The element content is used to describe the purpose of the object/applet.
      • N/Aa.5 All SVG elements require a 'Title' or 'Desc' element, or an 'Aria' attribute ...
        SVG elements requires title or desc child elements or ARIA attributes which describe purpose of element.
      • N/Aa.6 All IFRAME elements that contain non-text content should use a 'Title' elemen...
      • N/Aa.7 All FIGURE elements require a 'figcaption' tag that describes the purpose of ...
        Figcaption contains describe the purpose of the figure or any other element which is inside figure element.
    • N/A1194.22(b)
      Equivalent alternatives for any multimedia presentation shall be synchronized with the presentation.
    • N/A1194.22(e)
      Redundant text links shall be provided for each active region of a server-side image map.
    • N/A1194.22(f)
      Client-side image maps shall be provided instead of server-side image maps except where the regions cannot be defined with an available geometric shape.
    • N/A1194.22(g)
      Row and column headers shall be identified for data tables.
      • N/Ag.1 For data tables, identify row and column headers.
        This check identifies data tables that do not have any TH elements. Data tables are recognised as having a border attribute greater than 0. Tables with no border require a visual check, unless they contain input, image or child table elements, or cells with long text, indicating they are most likely layout tables.
    • N/A1194.22(h)
      Markup shall be used to associate data cells and header cells for data tables that have two or more logical levels of row or column headers.
      • N/Ah.1 For data tables that have two or more logical levels of row or column headers...
        Describe the table structure using the SUMMARY attribute or ARIA attributes. Identify structural groups of rows using THEAD, TFOOT, TBODY, COLGROUP and COL. Label table elements with the "scope", "headers", and "axis" attributes to assist user agents.
    • N/A1194.22(i)
      Frames shall be titled with text that facilitates frame identification and navigation
    • N/A1194.22(m)
      When a web page requires that an applet, plug-in or other application be present on the client system to interpret page content, the page must provide a link to a plug-in or applet that complies with §1194.21(a) through (l).
    • N/A1194.22(n)
      When electronic forms are designed to be completed on-line, the form shall allow people using assistive technology to access the information, field elements, and functionality required for completion and submission of the form, including all directions and cues.
    • N/A1194.22(o)
      A method shall be provided that permits users to skip repetitive navigation links.
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You may want to check Peter's page - RoboHelp Tour - to see what he says about 508 compliance.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Nothing there that will help. All I can say, based on what Adobe have told me, is that this layout is 508 compliant as supplied. The second you start adding content, that can change as the content may not be compliant.

508 compliance is not something that I have seen covered in these forums beyond whether or not the skins are compliant. It's a specialist area outside of RoboHelp.


See www.grainge.org for free RoboHelp and Authoring information.

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Please use the blue Reply button at the top to help me help you. The black Reply link nests replies and they sort out of order.

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