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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: June 2, 2015

Name of product: Adobe® FrameMaker® (2015 release)

Contact for more information: access@adobe.com

Summary
Guideline Applicable Compliance

Section 1194.21 – Software Applications and Operating Systems

Applicable

Supports with exceptions

Section 1194.22 – Web-based Intranet and Internet Information and Systems

Applicable
(Output only)

Supports with exceptions

Section 1194.23 – Telecommunications Products

Not Applicable

Section 1194.24 – Video and Multimedia Products

Not Applicable

Section 1194.25 – Self-Contained, Closed Products

Not Applicable

Section 1194.26 – Desktop and Portable Computers

Not Applicable

Section 1194.31 – Functional Performance Criteria

Applicable

Supports with exceptions

Section 1194.41 – Information, Documentation, Support

Applicable

Supports

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

Many of the controls can be navigated to and operated with the keyboard. However, a Supports exceptions rating has been given for the following reasons:

Users are unable to navigate between the panes or select items from the toolbars, such as Find/Change and Bold, although some of these functions are available in Pods or through shortcut keystrokes.

It is not possible to select and align multiple graphic objects using the keyboard alone.

Most drawing tasks are not possible using keyboard-only controls.

Tab focus order in some of the Pods, such as Paragraph Designer and Character Designer, do not follow the reading order.

Keyboard focus is switch back to the editor when attempting to select list items in the Category pods.

Users are only able to cycle the tree elements in the Preferences dialog window with shortcut keystrokes and the items are out of order.

(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 with exceptions

FrameMaker does not disrupt or disable accessibility settings of the OS or documented assistive technology.

However, some Windows accessibility features are not fully supported For example, the document editor does not support changes to cursor width..

For support of contrast please see 1194.21(g)

(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

There is a visual indication of focus for most controls in Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release), however, some controls do not have a visual indicator of focus. In addition, programmatic focus is not available on toolbar elements such as those in the Text Formatting and Object Property contexts.

A visual indicator of focus is also not present on dropdown, checkboxes and radio button such as those in the Find/Change pod.

(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.

Supports with exceptions

Identity information for most user interface controls is provided with the following exceptions:

Several form fields lack accessible names.

For example, individual controls in the Text Formatting Bar do not provide identity, role, or state information.

The Workspace select, and WYSIWYG View buttons do not provide identity, operation, and state information.

Non-text content in the editor is not available to assistive technologies.

The tree control in the preferences dialog does not support standard keyboard access and thus the assistive technology user may not be aware of the current selection.

(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

Images used to identify controls, status indicators and other programmatic elements are used consistently 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

Text information is available for text content in the editor and in dialog windows.

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

Supports with exceptions

The pods within Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release) do inherit High Contrast settings. A rating of Supports with exception has been given as the menu toolbar and initial navigation dialog window do not inherit the High Contrast settings.

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

Supports

Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release) does not contain animation.

(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

Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release) does not use color alone to convey information.

(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

The Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release) interface allows the user to adjust UI Brightness on dark or light schemes but may not provide a sufficient range of contrast levels and color selections for some users.

Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release) supports large icons in the UI, in addition to regular sized icons, and users have an option to choose between colored and gray-scale icons.

(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

Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release) does not contain flashing or blinking 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

The Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release) interface allows keyboard access to most form fields. However, it is not always possible for assistive technology users to consistently identify field elements.

For example, properties of the Find Text, and Change Text fields in the Find/Change panel are not identified to assistive technologies.

The text field properties in the Spelling Options Preferences are not identified to assistive technologies.

Section 1194.22 Web-based Internet information and applications - Detail
Criteria Supporting features Remarks and explanations

(a) A text equivalent for every non-text element shall be provided (e.g., via "alt", "longdesc", or in element content).

Supports

PDF Output:

Alternative text descriptions can be added to images in PDF and XML documents exported from Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release).

It is also possible to add alternative text to non-text content embedded in anchored frames.

(b) Equivalent alternatives for any multimedia presentation shall be synchronized with the presentation.

Not applicable

PDF Output:

Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release) does not create multimedia.

(c) Web pages shall be designed so that all information conveyed with color is also available without color, for example from context or markup.

Supports

PDF Output:

Authors can create content in Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release) that does not use color alone to convey information.

(d) Documents shall be organized so they are readable without requiring an associated style sheet.

Supports

PDF Output:

Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release) output can be read without style sheets.

(e) Redundant text links shall be provided for each active region of a server-side image map.

Not applicable

PDF Output:

Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release) does not create server-side image maps that can be inherited by the PDF output.

(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.

Not applicable

PDF Output:

Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release) does not create client-side image maps that can be inherited by the PDF output.

(g) Row and column headers shall be identified for data tables.

Supports with exception

PDF Output:

Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release) supports the use of column headers but not row headers. However, authors are able to add the row headers to the tag tree in the PDF output.

(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.

Supports with exceptions

PDF Output:

Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release) does not support two or more logical levels of row or column headers. In PDF output, the scope attribute is not set.

(i) Frames shall be titled with text that facilitates frame identification and navigation

Not applicable

PDF Output:

Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release) does not create HTML frames.

(j) Pages shall be designed to avoid causing the screen to flicker with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.

Supports

PDF Output:

Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release) does not create flickering content.

(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.

Supports

PDF Output:

Authors can create text-only versions of Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release) outputs when appropriate.

(l) When pages utilize scripting languages to display content, or to create interface elements, the information provided by the script shall be identified with functional text that can be read by Assistive Technology.

Not applicable

PDF Output:

Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release) does not use scripting to display generated web content.

(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).

Supports

PDF Output:

Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release) can generate PDF documents but does not create web sites. Document authors may include links to plug-ins where appropriate.

(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.

Not applicable

PDF Output:

Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release) does not create forms.

(o) A method shall be provided that permits users to skip repetitive navigation links.

Supports

PDF Output:

Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release) allows the user to generate PDF output that does not contain repetitive navigation links.

(p) When a timed response is required, the user shall be alerted and given sufficient time to indicate more time is required.

Supports

PDF Output:

Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release) does not create content that requires a timed response.

 

Note to 1194.22: The Board interprets paragraphs (a) through (k) of this section as consistent with the following Priority 1 checkpoints of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG 1.0) (May 5, 1999) published by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium: Paragraph (a) – 1.1, (b) – 1.4, (c) – 2.1, (d) – 6.1, (e) – 1.2, (f) – 9.1, (g) – 5.1, (h) – 5.2, (i) – 12.1, (j) – 7.1, (k) – 11.4.

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.

Supports with major exceptions

Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release) supports the use of screen readers. However, some features and controls are not operable using a keyboard alone or do not provide sufficient information to assistive technologies. For example:

Navigation of panel controls and toolbars is not possible using the keyboard alone.

Individual controls in the Text Formatting Bar do not provide identity, role, or state information.

Supports

PDF Output:

Content saved as a PDF can be accessed with assistive technologies, however, it is the responsibility of authors to ensure that content in the PDF has been tagged correctly.

(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

Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release) supports the use of Screen Magnifiers. However, some controls do not have a visual focus indicator.

For example, there is no visual indication of focus for some controls in dialog panels such as the Find/Change panel.

Focus is not exposed programmatically for some controls, such as those in the Text and Table toolbars.

Supports

PDF Output:

Content in the PDF output can be enlarged and reflowed.  Content can be designed to support document color replacement in PDF readers that support the functionality.

(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

Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release):

The application does not contain audio content.

Supports

PDF Output:

The PDF output does not contain audio content.

(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

Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release):

The application does not contain audio content.

Supports

PDF Output:

The PDF output does not contain audio content.

(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

Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release):

The application does not require user speech.

Supports

PDF Output:

The PDF output does not require user speech.

(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

Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release):

The operation of most of the Adobe FrameMaker (2015 release) interface does not require fine motor control.

However, there are some exceptions, including:

Many of the drawing tools, such as Polyline, require fine motor control and do not have keyboard alternatives.

Placing objects, such as Anchored Frames, in the workspace requires fine motor control.

There is a lack of keyboard access to pods and within certain pods.

Supports

PDF Output:

Content in the PDF output does not require fine motor control or simultaneous actions.