Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

This Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, or VPAT, is offered by Pathbrite to give users a detailed account of our conformance with the accessibility standards under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

 


 

Last Updated : December. 12, 2017

Name of Product: Pathbrite

 
Summary Table – Voluntary Product Accessibility Template
Criteria Supporting Features Remarks and explanations
Section 1194.21 Software Applications and Operating Systems Included Please refer to the VPAT below.
Section 1194.22 Web-based Internet information and applications Included Please refer to the VPAT below.
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 Included Please refer to the VPAT below.
Section 1194.41 Information, Documentation and Support Included Please refer to the VPAT below.
 
 
Section 1194.21 Software Applications and Operating Systems
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 Almost the entire Pathbrite application can be navigated and controlled via the keyboard. Currently, Editing Portfolio Item order is not possible via the keyboard alone, although design layouts are available by keyboard for numerous layouts. Also, keyboard functionality is not supported on assignment drag/drop.
(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. Fully Supports Pathbrite does not interfere with any of the operating system or browser shortcuts. Accessibility features such as sticky keys, magnifiers, screen readers, cursor sizes, and virtual keyboards are not disabled or disrupted by Pathbrite.
(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. Fully Supports Pathbrite uses default browser focus styles for most elements, and also provides distinct focus styles for necessary elements.
(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. Fully Supports All IMG tags have been given appropriate ALT text, or null alt attributes (“”) if the image is purely decorative. Title tags also given to links where appropriate (notifying user of action on that element).
(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. Fully Supports Pathbrite uses icons to help depict the purpose of certain interface elements, such as “+” add buttons. The use of these icons is consistent throughout the site. Whenever a single graphic is used, such as a lone “☆” graphic, alt text or CSS text replacement is used to enable screen readers to read the purpose of the link/button to the user.
(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. Fully Supports Textual information is selectable using the cursor and is available to AT.
(g) Applications shall not override user selected contrast and color selections and other individual display attributes. Not applicable
(h) When animation is displayed, the information shall be displayable in at least one non-animated presentation mode at the option of the user. Fully Supports Any animated gifs used throughout the application are not an essential feature and are not required to create a portfolio.
(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. Fully Supports Any information conveyed only by color is also conveyed by text or another method.
(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. Fully Supports The interface of Pathbrite has been styled with CSS to comply with Section 508′s contrast and color settings.
(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. Fully Supports Pathbrite makes no use of flashing or blinking text.
(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. Fully Supports All Pathbrite forms include appropriate LABELS and form focus moves in a logical sequence to all fields and information. Users are able to complete all forms and submit them using only a keyboard. Instances where no labels exist, HTML5 Placeholder attribute is utilized.
Section 1194.22 Web-based Internet information and applications
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). Fully Supports All IMG tags have been given appropriate ALT text, or blank alt attributes if the image is purely decorative in the Pathbrite UI. Users who are uploading images, video, or audio are advised to provide text alternatives.
(b) Equivalent alternatives for any multimedia presentation shall be synchronized with the presentation. Fully Supports Pathbrite does not contain built-in multimedia presentations. Users who upload their own content are advised to provide text alternatives.
(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 with Exceptions Most information conveyed by color is also conveyed by text or another method in the Pathbrite UI. Currently, late assignment status on courses, around a student profile photo is conveyed by color only. This will be remidied in the future.
(d) Documents shall be organized so they are readable without requiring an associated style sheet. Supports with Exceptions A user or screen reader can read and understand pages in Pathbrite with the associated style sheets disabled. Extensive testing hasn’t taken place.
(e) Redundant text links shall be provided for each active region of a server-side image map. Fully Supports No image maps are being used within the Pathbrite application.
(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. Fully Supports No image maps are being used within the Pathbrite application.
(g) Row and column headers shall be identified for data tables. Fully Supports Data tables such as the list of content to import into your portfolio, are marked up with informative column and row headers. No tables are being used purely for layout purposes.
(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. Fully Supports Pathbrite has no data tables with two or more logical levels of row or column headers.
(i) Frames shall be titled with text that facilitates frame identification and navigation Fully Supports Pathbrite does not use 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 Pathbrite does not cause the screen to flicker with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.
(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. Not Applicable No text-only page is needed or used as Pathbrite is compliant with all the provisions of this section.
(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 With Exceptions Pathbrite uses javascript, WAI-ARIA and the most modern HTML5 techniques to provide feedback from interactive elements and to allow Assistive Technology such as screen readers to read and transmit information back to the user.
(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). Fully Supports Pathbrite does not require any applet or plug-ins to work with it’s default functionality. For users uploading media and for users not using HTML5 video capable browsers, Pathbrite will prompt those users to download Adobe Flash. This is a very rare occurance.
(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. Fully Supports All Pathbrite forms include appropriate LABELS and form focus moves in a logical sequence to all fields and information. Users are able to complete all forms and submit them using only a keyboard. Instances where no labels exist, HTML5 Placeholder attribute is utilized.
(o) A method shall be provided that permits users to skip repetitive navigation links. Not Applicable No repetitive navigation links exist within Pathbrite.
(p) When a timed response is required, the user shall be alerted and given sufficient time to indicate more time is required. Not Applicable No timeouts exist or timed responses.
Section 1194.31 Functional Performance Criteria
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 Pathbrite works well with screen readers such as JAWS or VoiceOver, but extensive testing hasn’t taken place.
(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. Fully Supports Pathbrite supports screen magnification and browser-provided zoom 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. Fully Supports Pathbrite does not require hearing for operation.
(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. Fully Supports The Pathbrite interface doesn’t include any audio. Users have been notified to caption any user generated audio/video in the description field.
(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. Fully Supports Pathbrite does not require speech for operation.
(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 No alternative to drag/drop currently exists on the portfolio edit screen. Users can create completely functional portfolios without drag and drop, but cannot change the order of items.
Section 1194.41 Information, Documentation and Support
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 with Exceptions Product support in an accessible text-based format is available online at http://pathbrite.com/userguide/. Alternative formats may require an additional charge.
(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. Fully Supports Accessible HTML and PDF versions of this VPAT, along with other accessibility and compatibility information is available online at http://www.pathbrite.com/vpat.
(c) Support services for products shall accommodate the communication needs of end-users with disabilities. Fully Supports All support content at http://pathbrite.com/userguide/ is available in an accessible HTML, text-based format.