How is CaseGuard Studio made accessible and 508 compliant?
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states that federal businesses, institutions, and businesses that receive federal funding must ensure that their communications and information technology, such as online training and websites, should be as accessible as possible to people with disabilities. This includes both employees of these businesses as well as the general public. In keeping with this legislation, the team at CaseGuard Studio has undertaken a variety of measures to ensure that our website, documentation, and software are as accessible as possible to people with disabilities at all times. This was done through both manual and visual checks.
Website and documentation accessibility
All pages of CaseGuard studio website, including documentation and other forms of training materials, are made accessible to people with disabilities in a number of ways. For example, all pages of our website and documentation can be resized according to user preferences. Additionally, you can navigate through the whole site using only keyboard. The buttons, menus and other items can be accessed in a logical order.
All the promotional and training videos have detailed descriptions pertaining to the content that is explained within them. Furthermore, these videos also come with transcription text and captions that accurately and effectively convey what is being discussed. Some videos also do not contain any audio, so users with limited hearing will not have to worry about understanding any of our content.
CaseGuard Studio is a redaction and enhancement software that handles video, audio, images and documents. Users with limited hearing will be able to handle all types of editing and use all the tools available within the video, images and documents. This software is implemented to work with screen readers and other assistive technologies that are currently on the marketplace. All images, icons and buttons content have alternative text describing what is being represented within the software.
In terms of our user interface, color is used to enhance usability by drawing attention to certain areas of the screen. It is never the only means of conveying information, indicating an action, prompting a response, or distinguishing a visual element. So users without perception of color will be able to use the software. Users of CaseGuard Studio can also navigate our software using a keyboard-only. All active elements can receive keyboard focus. The focus order of all buttons and form elements are presented in a logical order.
With this being said, the software is very involved in working on images, videos, and documents. Users without vision will be able to use the software when working on the audio portion of the software, but not on videos, images or documents. Since it’s considered a media enhancement software, only the audio portion of the software will be accessible to people without vision. For our audio section, users with limited hearing can use a tool that is available in the software to raise the sound of any video or audio file as many times as needed, so they will be able to hear what’s being said, edit, and then change it back to how it was.
Moreover, users with limited hearing can redact audio if they have the information of where they need to redact the audio beforehand. For example, in a FOIA request, if a user with limited hearing has information about a video or audio file that is 5 minutes long, and need to be edited/redacted from 0:35 to 1:23, then from 2:33 to 2:54 and so on, then the user will be able to complete by inserting these time stamps into our software. We also offer an add-on that can transcribe any audio or video file, so that users with limited hearing can use it to edit and redact audio files. This feature is efficient to all users, not only those with limited hearing, because it automates the enhancement and the redaction of any video or audio files.
At CaseGuard Studio, we strive to ensure that all forms of communication and information technology associated with our software are as accessible to people with disabilities as much as possible. Although 100% compliance is not a reasonable benchmark, given the obvious video nature of our software in relation to certain disabilities, we have nevertheless taken the appropriate steps to get as close to this number as possible. In addition to all of the accessibility features within our documentation and software, our customer support team is also here to assist any of our clients or users who have been struggling to use our software as a result of a disability they may have. In this way, we hope to maintain inclusivity for all people.