Is Interactive Video Created in Camtasia 508 Compliant?

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I absolutely love creating interactive videos in Camtasia. However, most of the work I've done over the past few years has involved governmental requirements around accessibility and section 508 compliance. At the time it was clear that this sort of video, produced in Camtasia, had no chance of meeting the standard. It's now been several years since I've checked in on Camtasia to see what progress they've made. Unfortunately, I'm not finding any relevant resources, articles, or discussions here on the techsmith site or forums.

I see that Camtasia has a VPAT, which is great. But that document seems more focused on accessibility from the perspective of the developer using Camtasia, rather than those interacting with the content once it's been produced (which is where these accessibility and compliance rules apply). Is anyone on the Techsmith side able to give any guidance on what does and doesn't work, and whether there is any roadmap to make interactive content (hotspots, quizzes, captions) fully accessible?

I would really, really love to start developing wth Camtasia again soon.

Thanks,
ephraim
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ephraim ross

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kayakman, Champion

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you might want to pose this directly to free tech support; might be faster?
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ephraim ross

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Thanks, you might be right. Although I'm thinking this information would be of interest to lots of people doing work on government-related or academic work.
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Hello Ephraim,

TechSmith does not currently have a VPAT specifically for the TechSmith Smart Player that plays back Camtasia output.  However the TechSmith Smart Player is WCAG 2.0 Level A compliant.  The only thing it is missing to be Level AA is support for audio descriptions. The player is keyboard and screen reader accessible.

Hope this information helps,
Ben
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Hi Ben,

I'm not looking for a VPAT specifically. But I am hoping to verify that users would be able to respond to quizzes, click buttons,  and otherwise interact with hotspots without the use of a mouse. Is that correct?

Thanks,
ephraim
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Yes Ephraim that is correct.
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That is fantastic! This might steer our teams training development work in a whole new direction.

Cheers!