Adobe Flash

Create Accessible Flash Content

With knowledge of a few design techniques and accessibility features in Flash Basic 8 and Flash Professional 8, you can create Flash content that is accessible to all users, including those with disabilities.

This lesson demonstrates how to create an accessible document, designed for use with screen readers (which read web content aloud for visually impaired users) and other assistive technologies.

First, you'll open the start file for the lesson and set up your workspace to use an optimal layout for taking lessons.

  1. To open your start file, in Flash select File > Open and navigate to the file:
    • In Windows, browse to boot drive\Program Files\Macromedia\Flash 8\Samples and Tutorials\Tutorial Assets\Basic Tasks\ Create Accessible Content and double-click accessibility_start.fla.
    • On the Macintosh, browse to Macintosh HD/Applications/Macromedia Flash 8/Samples and Tutorials/Tutorial Assets/Basic Tasks/Create Accessible Content and double-click accessibility_start.fla.
  2. Select File > Save As and save the document with a new name, in the same folder, to preserve the original start file.
    Note: As you complete this lesson, remember to save your work frequently.
  3. Select Window > Workspace Layout > Default to set up your workspace for taking lessons.