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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: May 6, 2013

Name of product: Adobe® InDesign® CC

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

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

Customizable keyboard navigation is provided for all menu commands, as well as for selecting tools in InDesign CC.

However, some elements of the interface are not keyboard accessible, including:

  • Some functions, like drawing and mouse-driven object creation on the canvas, are not accessible using the keyboard alone.

  • The TAB key is used to show/hide interface elements and is not available for keyboard users to navigate parts of the interface.

  • Some controls in dialog boxes, such as the sliders in the Preferences dialog box, and the checkboxes for applying effects in the Effects dialog, are not keyboard accessible.

  • Some controls in panels, such as Articles and Liquid Layout panels, are not operable using a keyboard alone.

(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

InDesign 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

Most user interface elements in the InDesign CC interface have a clear visual indication of focus that is programmatically exposed to assistive technology.

However, there are some exceptions including:

  • Focus for objects on the canvas is not programmatically exposed.

  • In some controls in dialog boxes, such as the list of print settings in the Package dialog and the orientation buttons in the Document Setup dialog, focus is not programmatically exposed.

(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

Many user interface elements in InDesign CC provide sufficient information.

However, some user interface elements in the InDesign CC interface do not provide identity information to assistive technology, including:

  • Many controls in dialog boxes, such as the Document Setup dialog, do not include labels.

  • Some menus and interface elements in the top bar, such as the buttons in the App Bar menu, do not provide sufficient information.

  • Objects on the canvas such as tables, do not provide name, role or state information.

(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 within 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

Textual information is available to assistive technology in InDesign CC with the following exceptions:

Textual information is not available as text in the document authoring area.

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

Support with exceptions

Support for High contrast mode has decreased in InDesign CC.

Only some part of the application changes when high contrast mode is ON, like New document or Export dialog/Print dialog.

(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

InDesign 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 InDesign CC user interface does not use color as the only means of conveying 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

InDesign CC allows users to modify a small number of interface colors, but provides complete color customization options in those cases.

(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

InDesign does not use flashing or blinking text, objects, or other elements in the user interface.

(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 forms in the InDesign CC interface can be completed using assistive technology.

However, there are some exceptions, including:

  • Some controls in dialog boxes, such as the sliders in the Preferences dialog box, and the checkboxes for applying effects in the Effects dialog, are not keyboard accessible.

  • Some controls in panels, such as the Articles and Liquid Layout panels, are not operable using a keyboard alone.

  • Many controls in dialog boxes, such as the Document Setup dialog, do not include labels.

  • Controls in many panels, such as icons in the Control panel, do not provide sufficient information.

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

InDesign CC allows authors to assign text alternatives to non-text content and is supported in most digital output formats including HTML, EPUB, and PDF.

Flash movies exported from InDesign CC do not include text alternatives for non-text content, authors may export FLA to allow accessibility compliance work using Adobe Flash Professional.

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

Not applicable

Authors can use InDesign CC to create basic animations but it is not a multimedia authoring tool.

InDesign supports equivalents in embedded multimedia that are part of an embedded media player's accessibility feature set.

(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

InDesign CC supports the creation of documents that meet this requirement though authors need to verify that a document complies

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

Supports

InDesign CC is capable of producing HTML and EPUB documents which do not require an associated style sheet for viewing.

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

Not applicable

InDesign CC does not create server-side image maps.

(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

InDesign CC does not create client-side image maps.

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

Supports

InDesign CC supports the creation of row and column headers for tables in exported PDF and EPUB documents.

(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

InDesign CC supports the creation of row and column headers for tables in PDF and EPUB documents. Authors can add further levels of headings through Acrobat Professional.

Authors of InDesign documents may need to edit tags in exported PDF files with complex table heading structure

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

Not applicable

InDesign CC 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

Authors can create animations and content in InDesign CC that complies with this requirement

(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

It is possible to create text-only pages using InDesign CC, but documents authored in InDesign CC can either meet compliance requirements or in the case of very complex or incorrectly authored can be edited by additional tools such as Adobe Acrobat for PDF documents or markup editing tools for HTML and EPUB documents

(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.

Supports

 

(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

InDesign CC may be used to author content in Adobe PDF or Flash that requires web browser plug-ins and client applications for viewing. These client applications are available for free download from the Adobe website. Where necessary, authors are encouraged to provide links to these client applications.

(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.

Supports

PDF forms exported from InDesign CC include sufficient information for assistive technologies when provided by the author.

Authors can set a logical tab order for form inputs and assign keyboard operable events to form controls.

InDesign CC does not export forms in HTML, EPUB, or Flash.

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

Supports

Authors creating content using InDesign CC can ensure compliance with this requirement.

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

Supports

Authors creating content using InDesign CC can ensure compliance with this requirement.

 

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 exceptions

Retrieving information about graphics in a document in InDesign CC is not supported for assistive technology.

Text or graphic editing is not possible using screen readers.

There is limited access to some dialog boxes and panels using assistive technology.

(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

InDesign CC supports Screen Magnifiers. However, some elements, such as objects on the canvas, do not expose focus information to assistive technology.

(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

Speech input is not an important element of the InDesign user experience.

(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

InDesign 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. Some editing operations that require precise mouse movements can be assigned to keyboard shortcuts.

Some drawing operations require simultaneous actions, such as constraining the Rectangle Frame tool to a square or manipulating text frames.

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.