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® Audition® 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.

Does not support

Customizable keyboard navigation is provided for all menu commands, as well as for selecting and invoking tools, commands, and functions in Audition CC.

Some controls in dialog boxes including color pickers in the Preferences dialog and tabs in the Channel Mixer dialog, are not keyboard accessible.

Some controls in panels, such as the tabs in the Metadata panel, are not operable using the keyboard alone.

Some timeline operations, such as marquee selections and paintbrush selections require the use of a mouse.

Manipulating curves, such as those in the Effect-Distort dialog box, requires 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

Audition 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

Elements in the Audition CC interface provide a well defined on-screen indication of focus with some exceptions, including panel tabs and some icon buttons.

When focus is on some controls in panels and dialog boxes, such as the category list in the Preferences dialog, or the tree controls in the Media Browser panel, it is not programmatically exposed to assistive technology.

Some elements (such as the time settings on the Timeline and Audio Mixer) have no hover state to indicate mouse focus.

(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, text edit controls and some dialog boxes, such as the Multiband Compressor dialog, sufficient information is not available for most controls in the Audition CC interface.

Text labels are available for all controls on mouse over but not to screen readers or keyboard users.

(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

Use of bitmap images is 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

Textual information is programmatically exposed to assistive technologies in the Audition CC interface with some exceptions, including:

Combo boxes in some panels and dialog boxes, such as the New Multitrack Session dialog, do not provide textual information.

Some list controls, such as the list of Input and Output devices in the Preferences dialog, do not provide textual information.

(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, tooltips and dialog box titles, Audition 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

Audition 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 with exceptions

The Audition CC user interface uses color in some instances as the only means of conveying information, such as the Spectral Frequency Display and the Waveform view.

(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

Audition CC allows users to change the contrast settings of the interface along with certain color schemes for Waveforms and other interface elements, but while there is variety in the brightness settings there may not be enough options for some users.

(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 Audition 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 controls in dialog boxes, such as the New Multi Track Session dialog box, are keyboard accessible but do not provide sufficient information to assistive technology.

Some form controls in panels, such as the tabs in the Metadata panel, are not reachable with the keyboard alone and most controls in panels do not provide sufficient information to assistive technology.

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

Authors exporting audio from Audition CC can supply captions through a separate process, which depends on the destination of the video.

(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 audio 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

Captions and audio descriptions can be included as user-selectable in a separate video production process. For example, in Adobe Premiere Pro or Adobe Encore.

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 some controls in panels and dialog boxes, most elements in the Audition CC interface are operable using a keyboard. However, sufficient information is not provided to assistive technology in most cases.

Some tasks in the Editor, such a complex selection with selection tools, require the use of a mouse.

(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

Audition CC supports the use of screen magnifiers but for some controls focus is not exposed programmatically.

Audition 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

Audition 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 selection tools, require mouse and keyboard combinations that may not be possible for some users.