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Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI)

Tips & Tutorials — Creating Accessible Content

How do I make Flash accessible?

Adobe's Flash format is among the most widely-used for delivering dynamic, rich-media content via the web. Within the CSU, Flash is commonly used for delivering interactive, multimedia-based curricular materials thorugh a web browser.

While older versions of the Flash authoring environment provided limited support for developing accessible content, Flash CS3, Adobe's latest developer environment, provides significantly improved support for authoring accessible content. In particular, Flash CS3 allows developers to assign text equivalents for Flash elements, control the reading order for elements, provides the status of elements to assistive technology devices, enable full keyboard navigation, and provide captions for video materials.

End-users who wish to utilize these accessiblity features should update their Adobe Flash Player version to version 9.0.115 (released December, 2007) or later. This version is also the first to provide full accessibliity support for Firefox browsers as well as the first to support video encoded in the H.264 format increasingly used by video-oriented web sites.

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