Accessibility


Voluntary Product Assessment Template (VPAT)


SkillsFirst takes accessibility seriously. Please review the Voluntary Product Assessment Template (VPAT) below to better understand SkillsFirst features that are fully accessible to users with disabilities.

Criteria

Supporting Features

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

Product is designed to run on a system that has a keyboard and almost all actions are executable from the keyboard. The result of a function can be discerned textually.

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

SkillsFirst website does not interfere with or deactivate the accessibility features of the operating system.

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

A visual focus indicator that moves among interactive objects as in the input focus changes is provided. The focus indicator is programmatically exposed to assistive technology.

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

Semantic information about user interface objects is provided. Text labels are associated with all controls, objects, icons and significant images in the IU user interface.

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

Image and icon meanings are consistent throughout the application.

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

The product exposes textual information to assistive technologies.

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

Supports with exceptions

Product remains mostly visible in Windows High Contrast mode, as well as respecting most color settings.

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

Supports

Product does not use animation in its user interface.

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

Product does not use color coding to convey information.

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

Product provides options for content providers to change themes containing a selection of background and foreground color combinations.

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

There are no blinking texts, objects, or other elements that violate this requirement.

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

Form controls have accessible names.

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

Supports

Text alternatives are available for SkillsFirst website features using non-text elements.

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

Supports

Inserted video content supports display of closed captions.

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

The application uses color as an “eye catcher” and not as the only means of conveying information. When the focus is placed on the colored patch or menu item, an appropriate text message or tool tips (a common graphical user interface function) is displayed for use by accessibility tools.

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

Supports with exceptions

The Product relies heavily on the use of associated style sheets.

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

Not applicable

Server-side image maps are not used.

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

Active regions are not used.

Row and column headers shall be identified for data tables.

Supports

All data tables correctly use table headers.

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

Where implemented as a table, SkillsFirst associates tables and their header cells appropriately.

Frames shall be titled with text that facilitates frame identification and navigation.

Supports

The majority of iFrames in SkillsFirst site are labeled in a descriptive way when used to embed other resources to a site.

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

Supports

SkillsFirst website does not cause screen flicker with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.

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

Text only pages are not provided.

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

All interactive elements can receive focus from the keyboard and are accompanied with a descriptive aria-label attribute for nonvisual screen reader users. Alert messages are used to communicate success messages and error messages along the top of the page throughout the web application. The messages are automatically announced, keyboard focus is placed appropriately, and the messages do not disappear after a short time for low vision users.

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).

Not applicable

Applets and plug-ins are not required.

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

Form controls have accessible names. Form fields allow assistive technology users to complete them. Input fields have properly associated labels for screen readers.

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

Supports

SkillsFirst effectively provides a method for skipping repetitive links.

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

Not applicable

SkillsFirst does not require timed responses.

Forcepoint 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.

All analog television displays 13 inches and larger, and computer equipment that includes analog television receiver or display circuitry, shall be equipped with caption decoder circuitry which appropriately receives, decodes, and displays closed captions from broadcast, cable, videotape, and DVD signals. As soon as practicable, but not later than July 1, 2002, widescreen digital television (DTV) displays measuring at least 7.8 inches vertically, DTV sets with conventional displays measuring at least 13 inches vertically, and stand-alone DTV tuners, whether or not they are marketed with display screens, and computer equipment that includes DTV receiver or display circuitry, shall be equipped with caption decoder circuitry which appropriately receives, decodes, and displays closed captions from broadcast, cable, videotape, and DVD signals.

Not applicable

SkillsFirst does not provide television of computer equipment.

Television tuners, including tuner cards for use in computers, shall be equipped with secondary audio program playback circuitry.

Not applicable

SkillsFirst does not provide television tuners.

All training and informational video and multimedia productions which support the agency's mission, regardless of format, that contain speech or other audio information necessary for the comprehension of the content, shall be open or closed captioned.

Supports

All multimedia content provided by SkillsFirst includes a transcript and is closed captioned and audio-described. All end users have option to add a transcript or closed captioning to the multimedia content they create.

All training and informational video and multimedia productions that support the agency's mission, regardless of format, that contain visual information necessary for the comprehension of the content, shall be audio described.

Supports

All multimedia content provided by SkillsFirst includes a transcript and is closed captioned and audio-described. All end users have option to add a transcript or closed captioning to the multimedia content they create.

Display or presentation of alternate text presentation or audio descriptions shall be user-selectable unless permanent.

Supports

Users can control display of alternate text and audio descriptions. They can watch videos without listening to audio descriptions by stopping the sound with a button in the player menu. The same is true with captioning.

Vision: 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

Most SkillsFirst website functionality is keyboard accessible and can be performed with assistive technology for people who are blind. There are however a few parts of the product that cannot be used by assistive technology users.

Visual acuity: At least one mode of operation and information retrieval that does not require visual acuity great 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

The SkillsFirst website may be used with screen magnification assistive technology. The product supports those with low vision (e.g. support for scaling text size, substituting background color, Tooltips for controls, etc.).
SkillsFirst relies on macOS and Windows which include Assistive Technology in their software to make it more accessible to people who have particular needs. 
On macOS for people with sight issues, Apple’s VoiceOver application is a screen reader application that goes beyond simple text-to-speech.
'Assistive Technology' options are available also in some versions of Windows under Control Panel>Accessibility Options.

Hearing: 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

All multimedia content provided by SkillsFirst includes a transcript and is closed captioned and audio-described. All end users have option to add a transcript or closed captioning to the multimedia content they create.

Audio Information: 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

All multimedia content provided by SkillsFirst includes a transcript and is closed captioned and audio-described. All end users have option to add a transcript or closed captioning to the multimedia content they create.

Speech: 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

User speech is not required for operation.

Motor Skills/Coordination: 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

The product supports alternative pointing devices.

Product Support Documentation provided to end-users shall be made available in alternate formats upon request, at no additional charge.

Supports

Product support documentation is available in electronic portable document format (PDF) and HTML format is included in the application. Standard operating system accessibility features can be used to render the PDFs in alternative formats, such as text-to-speech readers.

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

Product support documentation is available in electronic portable document format (PDF) and HTML format is included in the application. Standard operating system accessibility features can be used to render the PDFs in alternative formats, such as text-to-speech readers. A VPAT document is available in Microsoft Word document from upon request.

Support services for products shall accommodate the communication needs of end-users with disabilities.

Supports

Product support is available through telephone, email, and our web portal.