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ADA Compliant Surveys

Overview

With the Decipher M29 release, basic surveys and themes available in the new theme editor meet the WCAG 2.0 A standards allowing basic surveys to now be ADA compliant. The WCAG 2.0 standards are the internationally recognized guidelines for creating accessibility-friendly web sites.

Specifically, changes were made to support screen readers such as Job Access with Speech (JAWS) and the use of the keyboard to answer questions via the tab, space bar and arrow keys.

For specifics about the WCAG 2.0 guidelines, see http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/

Currently, only Decipher standard elements and questions are classified as ADA compliant. If your survey requires ADA compliancy, make sure you select only from the elements/questions described below and with the configurations shown. 

1: Locating Standard Elements and Questions

To locate the standard elements and  questions available for an ADA compliant survey, first click "+Add Survey Element" from the bottom of the builder's stage. 

Then click the "Standard" folder in the "Question Types" tree.

Once you have located a standard element/question to add to your survey, click "Insert."

2: Standard Questions and Elements

The sections below describe the standard questions and elements available for an ADA compliant survey.

2.1: Descriptive Content Element

The descriptive content element allows you to display a message or description to the respondent, e.g., an introduction to the survey. This element does not contain any answer options.

Mobile Optimized: Yes

Learn more: Descriptive Content Element

2.2: Text Question

The text question allows the respondent to enter an alpha-numeric response in an open-ended answer field. 

Note: Make sure that this question is configured with a single entry box.

Mobile Optimized: Yes

Learn more: Text Question

2.3: Single Select Question

The single-select question allows the respondent to select one answer for the question. This question can have multiple rows.

Mobile Optimized: Yes

Learn more: Single Select Question 

2.4: Single Select Grid Question

The single-select grid question allows the respondent to select one answer for the question. This question can have multiple rows and columns.

The Single Select Grid question is a single select question with rows and columns.

Mobile Optimized: Yes

Learn more: Single Select Grid Question 

2.5: Multi-Select Question

The multi-select element allows the respondent to select multiple answers for the question. This question can have multiple rows.

Mobile Optimized: Yes

When using graphics for answer options make sure that you provide a title for the image in the Image Manager.  When the image is hovered over, the title is read for respondents that use a screen reader.

 

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2.6: Multi-Select Grid Question

The multi-select grid element allows the respondent to select multiple answer options. This question can have multiple rows and/or columns.

Mobile Optimized: Yes

2.7: Dropdown Menu Question

The dropdown menu question allows the respondent to select one answer from a dropdown menu. This question must have multiple choices (i.e., the answer options in the dropdown menu). 

Note:  Make sure that this question is configured with a single dropdown.

Mobile Optimized: Yes

Learn more: Dropdown Menu Question

2.8: Number Question

The number question allows the respondent to enter a numeric value in an open-ended answer field. 

Note: Make sure that this question is configured with a single entry box with no rows or columns.

Mobile Optimized: Yes

Learn more: Number Question

2.9: Essay Question

The respondent is given a larger open-ended answer field than the traditional text question, where they may enter a longer open-ended, alpha-numeric response.

Note: Make sure that this question is configured with a single entry form. 

Mobile Optimized: Yes

Learn more: Essay Question

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