My client, a large government agency, is about to launch an
LMS and we need to develop e-learning for it that's Section 508 and
SCORM 1.2 compliant. The 508 office seems to be really down on
using Flash. One of the 508 guys says you can use an HTML template
to develop more easily and cheaply than using Flash. He also warns
developers that Flash is an "emerging technology" and as such is
fraught with accessibility problems.
I've reviewed the accessibility pages on the Adobe website,
read the white paper and FAQs. Macromedia appears to be saying we
can develop accessible content but I don't get a warm fuzzy feeling
from reading forum messages. I'm also not to sure how or even if I
should fight the "No Flash" mentality. Is it just a lost cause
trying to create Flash for government e-learning (or anything else)
at this time? One would think that with the purchasing power of the
US government, Macromedia and Adobe would put more effort into
making their products more accessible.