Accessible Web Conferencing with Adobe Connect. Matt May | Accessibility Evangelist. What is Adobe Connect?. Adobe® Connect™ is an enterprise web conferencing solution for online meetings, eLearning, and webinars. Current version is 9. What Features Does Adobe Connect Provide?.
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Matt May | Accessibility Evangelist
Adobe® Connect™ is an enterprise web conferencing solution for online meetings, eLearning, and webinars.
Current version is 9
Connect offers features in “pods”
A few simple shortcuts will get keyboard users going
All pods are available via the keyboard
The keyboard access model divided the interface into key regions – toolbar and pods
Shortcuts are provided for several key features
Adobe Connect offers support for real-time closed captioning.
Vendors that support captioning in Connect include:
Caption Colorado (http://www.captioncolorado.com)
WGBH Media Access Group (http://access.wgbh.org)
Stream Text (http://streamtext.net)
Caption First (http://www.captionfirst.com)
Captions from recorded sessions are also recorded.
The Connect 9 caption pod can record a transcript of captions, offers exports in HTML and text.
Captions can be turned off by any user
You can announce an in-room captioner
Captioner will enter an editor interface
All other attendees will see captions in real time
Users have control over display – multiple font sizes and five color and contrast display options
Users also have playback controls to enable review of missed content
There are two different interfaces to Connect – the browser based version and the Connect Add-in (standalone) version
Some content, such as PowerPoint slide content and individual chat items require use of a screen reader ‘virtual cursor’, and screen readers do not have this support in the Add-in.
Users can determine which interface they prefer
Adobe Connect uses the Flash Player for the meeting user interface, so assistive technology support on Windows is provided via MSAA.
Shared PowerPoint slide content is available within the Share pod (browser-based version).
Assistive technology users can function fully within Connect 8+