The purpose of the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template is to assist Federal contracting officials in making preliminary assessments regarding the availability of commercial Electronic and Information Technology products and services with features that support accessibility. It is assumed that offerers will provide additional contact information to facilitate more detailed inquiries.

The first table of the Template provides a summary view of the section 508 Standards. The subsequent tables provide more detailed views of each subsection. There are three columns in each table. Column one of the Summary Table describes the subsections of subparts B and C of the Standards. The second column describes the supporting features of the product or refers you to the corresponding detailed table, "e.g., equivalent facilitation." The third column contains any additional remarks and explanations regarding the product. In the subsequent tables, the first column contains the lettered paragraphs of the subsections. The second column describes the supporting features of the product with regard to that paragraph. The third column contains any additional remarks and explanations regarding the product.

Date: May 6, 2013

Name of product: Adobe® After Effects® CC

Contact for more information: access@adobe.com

 

Section 1194.21 Software Applications and Operating Systems - Detail
Criteria Supporting features Remarks and explanations

(a) When software is designed to run on a system that has a keyboard, product functions shall be executable from a keyboard where the function itself or the result of performing a function can be discerned textually.

Supports with exceptions

Keyboard shortcuts are provided for all menu commands, as well as for selecting and invoking tools, commands, and functions in After Effects CC. However, some commands and functions are not operable using a keyboard alone, including:

It is not possible to place focus in most panels and navigate through controls in the panels using the keyboard alone.

For example, in the Character panel only text edit controls (in the form of links) and combo boxes receive focus using the keyboard and then only when focus is placed within a control.

Some controls in dialog boxes, such as the tabs in the New Composition dialog box, are not operable using a keyboard.

Some controls in dialog boxes, such as the Project Settings dialog, are not reachable using a keyboard alone.

Many timeline and editing operations require the use of a mouse.

(b) Applications shall not disrupt or disable activated features of other products that are identified as accessibility features, where those features are developed and documented according to industry standards. Applications also shall not disrupt or disable activated features of any operating system that are identified as accessibility features where the application programming interface for those accessibility features has been documented by the manufacturer of the operating system and is available to the product developer.

Supports

After Effects CC does not interfere with or deactivate accessibility features of the operating system.

(c) A well-defined on-screen indication of the current focus shall be provided that moves among interactive interface elements as the input focus changes. The focus shall be programmatically exposed so that Assistive Technology can track focus and focus changes.

Supports with exceptions

With the exception of some controls in dialog boxes and panels, such as panel tabs, most elements in the After Effects CC interface provide a well defined on-screen indication of focus.

When focus is on some controls in panels and dialog boxes, such as the tree menu in the Project panel and controls in the Welcome screen, it is not programmatically exposed to assistive technology.

(d) Sufficient information about a user interface element including the identity, operation and state of the element shall be available to Assistive Technology. When an image represents a program element, the information conveyed by the image must also be available in text.

Does not support

With the exception of application menus, textedit controls and some combo boxes in panels and dialog boxes, sufficient information is not provided to assistive technology in the After Effects CC interface.

(e) When bitmap images are used to identify controls, status indicators, or other programmatic elements, the meaning assigned to those images shall be consistent throughout an application's performance.

Supports

Toolbars and other icons and images are consistent throughout the application.

(f) Textual information shall be provided through operating system functions for displaying text. The minimum information that shall be made available is text content, text input caret location, and text attributes.

Supports with exceptions

With the exception of text that is created on the Canvas using the Text tool, textual information is programmatically exposed to assistive technologies.

(g) Applications shall not override user selected contrast and color selections and other individual display attributes.

Does not support

With the exception of application menus and tooltips, After Effects CC does not support Windows High Contrast Mode.

(h) When animation is displayed, the information shall be displayable in at least one non-animated presentation mode at the option of the user.

Not applicable

After Effects CC does not use animation in the user interface.

(i) Color coding shall not be used as the only means of conveying information, indicating an action, prompting a response, or distinguishing a visual element.

Supports

The After Effects CC user interface does not use color as the only means of conveying information with some exceptions, including:

Colors can be used for labeling layers, but the information about layer types is also available in the Timeline panel.

Excessive volume is indicated using a heat map in the Audio panel. However, decibel levels are shown in numbers.

(j) When a product permits a user to adjust color and contrast settings, a variety of color selections capable of producing a range of contrast levels shall be provided.

Supports with exceptions

After Effects CC allows users to change the contrast settings of the interface, but while there are a variety of brightness settings there is no option to select different color combinations with different contrast levels.

(k) Software shall not use flashing or blinking text, objects, or other elements having a flash or blink frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.

Supports

The After Effects CC user interface does not use flashing or blinking text, objects, or other elements.

(l) When electronic forms are used, 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.

Supports with exceptions

Most form fields in dialog boxes in After Effects CC, such as the Preferences dialog box, are keyboard accessible but do not provide sufficient information to assistive technology.

Many form fields in panels, such as the Character panel, are not reachable with the keyboard alone and do not provide sufficient information.

Section 1194.24 Video and Multi-media Products - Detail
Criteria Supporting features Remarks and explanations

a) All analog television displays 13 inches and larger, and computer equipment that includes analog television receiver or display circuitry, shall be equipped with caption decoder circuitry which appropriately receives, decodes, and displays closed captions from broadcast, cable, videotape, and DVD signals. As soon as practicable, but not later than July 1, 2002, widescreen digital television (DTV) displays measuring at least 7.8 inches vertically, DTV sets with conventional displays measuring at least 13 inches vertically, and stand-alone DTV tuners, whether or not they are marketed with display screens, and computer equipment that includes DTV receiver or display circuitry, shall be equipped with caption decoder circuitry which appropriately receives, decodes, and displays closed captions from broadcast, cable, videotape, and DVD signals.

Not applicable

 

(b) Television tuners, including tuner cards for use in computers, shall be equipped with secondary audio program playback circuitry.

Not applicable

 

(c) All training and informational video and multimedia productions which support the agency's mission, regardless of format, that contain speech or other audio information necessary for the comprehension of the content, shall be open or closed captioned.

Supports with exceptions

Authors can add open captions to After Effects video files. Closed captions can be added in a separate process, such as Premiere Pro CC or Encore CS6.

(d) All training and informational video and multimedia productions which support the agency's mission, regardless of format, that contain visual information necessary for the comprehension of the content, shall be audio described.

Supports

Authors can include an additional audio track for audio description information that will be included as part of the video file, or authors can provide audio description through a separate process.

(e) Display or presentation of alternate text presentation or audio descriptions shall be user-selectable unless permanent.

Supports

 

Section 1194.31 Functional Performance Criteria - Detail
Criteria Supporting features Remarks and explanations

(a) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require user vision shall be provided, or support for Assistive Technology used by people who are blind or visually impaired shall be provided.

Does not support

With the exception of application menus and some controls, elements in the After Effects CC user interface are not accessible to screen readers.

Most controls in dialog boxes, such as the Preferences dialog box, are keyboard accessible but do not provide sufficient information to assistive technology.

Most controls in panels, such as the Preview panel, are not reachable with the keyboard alone and do not provide sufficient information.

(b) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require visual acuity greater than 20/70 shall be provided in audio and enlarged print output working together or independently, or support for Assistive Technology used by people who are visually impaired shall be provided.

Supports with exceptions

After Effects CC supports the use of screen magnifiers but for some controls there is not a clear indication of current focus and focus is not exposed programmatically in some cases.

After Effects CC does not support Windows High Contrast Mode.

(c) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require user hearing shall be provided, or support for Assistive Technology used by people who are deaf or hard of hearing shall be provided

Supports

 

(d) Where audio information is important for the use of a product, at least one mode of operation and information retrieval shall be provided in an enhanced auditory fashion, or support for assistive hearing devices shall be provided.

Supports

 

(e) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require user speech shall be provided, or support for Assistive Technology used by people with disabilities shall be provided.

Supports

 

(f ) At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require fine motor control or simultaneous actions and that is operable with limited reach and strength shall be provided.

Supports with exceptions

After Effects CC supports accessibility features of the operating system such as Sticky Keys, which may be used during some editing operations that may require the use of keyboard modifiers and mouse selections.

However some operations, such as constraining shape tools, require mouse and keyboard combinations that may not be possible for some users.

Section 1194.41 Information, Documentation, and Support - Detail
Criteria Supporting features Remarks and explanations

(a) Product support documentation provided to end-users shall be made available in alternate formats upon request, at no additional charge.

Supports

Adobe provides electronic versions of all product support documentation.

(b) End-users shall have access to a description of the accessibility and compatibility features of products in alternate formats or alternate methods upon request, at no additional charge.

Supports

Adobe provides information on accessibility features in the documentation. Electronic versions of all product support documentation are provided.

(c) Support services for products shall accommodate the communication needs of end-users with disabilities.

Supports

Product support for Adobe products is available in a variety of formats and from a number of online sources available from Adobe Systems.