Event accessibility

As the event and marketing industries continue to rely on digital communications to connect with audiences, it’s important to ensure that virtual events are able to remove barriers that people might face in the physical world. The following article contains some information to consider when putting together your next virtual or hybrid event.

Captions

Closed Captions
Closed captions are short lines of text that sync up with your stream's audio. They transcribe the audio to text in caption frames, including not only the words, as an automatic AI-generated transcript would, but also the speakers' names, sound effects, and other elements that may not be related to speech.

When using the Live Studio or RTMP as your room video mode, you can enable Closed captions and make the content of the sessions accessible!

How do I enable closed captions in my event?

To enable this feature, go to Settings > Tools. Scroll down until you see the Live section. Then, press Edit, and make sure the Speech to Text Transcription checkbox is checked. Press End to save the changes.

How do I enable closed captions in my event?

If instead of seeing a checkbox, you see Click, you will need to enable this feature in the company tools. To do so, press Click and a new tab will be opened automatically on the company tools page.

Then, scroll down until you see the Live section, press Edit, and make sure the Speech to Text Transcription checkbox is checked. Press End to save the changes.

How do I enable closed captions in my event?

How can I enable the closed captions function on my activity?

To enable the closed caption function in an activity follow the steps in the gif below:

how to enable closed caption in activities
  1. First, go to Agenda > Activities. Select an activity and click the Edit button in the top right corner.
  2. Then scroll down to find the Room video modes and choose between Live Studio and RTMP streaming.
  3. After selecting one of the Room video modes, scroll down to the Closed Captions feature and enable the checkbox
  4. Click End in the top right corner to save the changes.

Once you have activated the Closed Captions feature in the platform, you will also be able to activate them when logged into the activity. To do so, simply click on the Captions icon in the lower right corner of the activity screen.

activating closed captions feature
closed caption activated
To make your event more accessible, you can upload multiple captions and subtitles when using an activity set in pre-recorded room video mode. Click here to learn more about this feature.

Automatic transcriptions and translations

Another alternative to closed captions is live AI-generated transcriptions based on speech recognition. Our Speech to Text Transcription feature combines speech recognition and live translation, so your virtual events can have real-time subtitles in multiple languages during your sessions.  

Sign-language interpreter

ASL
Sign language interpreters remove language barriers between people who are deaf and use Sign Language and people who can hear and speak. In the US and Canada, ASL (American Sign Language) is the natural language of around 500,000 people. In the EU, around 750,000 people use sign language as a first language.

Sign language interpreters can use our language interpretation channel to make your event more inclusive, delivering an engaging experience for everyone. Ensure the interpreters check out this article before going live.

Tabbing Navigation

Keyboard accessibility
Keyboard accessibility is one of the most important aspects of web accessibility. Many users with motor disabilities rely on a keyboard. In addition to traditional keyboards, some users may use modified keyboards or other hardware that mimics the functionality of a keyboard. Blind users also typically use a keyboard for navigation. Users without disabilities may use a keyboard for navigation because of preference or efficiency.
The InEvent platform provides alt descriptions for static images, this text helps screen-reading tools describe the image icons to visually impaired readers.

Navigating between focusable elements (or modals) using the tab key is an easy task within our platform. Pressing the Tab button will focus on the next element, pressing the Space bar will activate buttons and checkboxes, pressing Shift + Tab will focus on the previous element, pressing enter will activate the selected element, pressing Esc will exit the modal being explored, and moving the arrows up/down/left/right will scroll the pages. The order of focusing is based on physical order, being also cyclical, which means that the tabbing will cycle to the first/last element when moving away from the last/first element.

Accessibility menu

If this feature is enabled in your event, attendees can adjust contrast, change color schemes and disable animations on all pages of the Virtual Lobby.

How do I enable the Accessibility menu feature in my event?

To enable the Accessibility menu feature, carry out the following steps:

  1. Go to Settings > Tools. 
  2. Scroll down until you see the Extra section. 
  3. Press Edit, and check the Accessibility menu checkbox.
  4. Press End to save your changes.
How do I enable the accessibility menu in my event?

Once you enable the Accessibility menu, an Accessibility icon will appear in the bottom right corner of all Virtual Lobby pages. Click on the icon to view the Accessibility options.

Accessibility options

Attendees can change the color scheme and contrast of the Virtual Lobby layout. They can also stop all animations.

Color scheme

There are three color schemes for attendees to choose from:

  • Dark: This option displays white text against a black screen. The dark option helps to reduce light emitted by device screens while maintaining the minimum color contrast ratios required for readability.
  • Regular: Enabled by default, the regular option shows the original colors the event organizer chose for the Virtual Lobby using the Virtual Lobby editor tool.
  • Light: The Light option displays black text against a white screen. It provides maximal value contrast and, therefore, optimal readability for body text.
Color scheme
Contrast

Attendees can choose from three different contrast options using the contrast box.

contrast box
To be able to adjust the contrast, the regular color scheme must be selected.
  1. If you click on the contrast box once, the Virtual Lobby colors will turn to grayscale.
grayscale
  1. If you click again, you will enable a warm fader for the Virtual Lobby colors.
warm fader
  1. If you click one more time, you will enable a cold fader for the Virtual Lobby colors.
cold fader
The fourth click will return the Virtual Lobby to the original colors.
Stop animation

If there are animations on the Virtual Lobby page, you can stop them all at once. Click on the Stop animation button, and they will stop, as shown below:

Stop animation

Reset settings

If attendees press Reset settings, the Virtual Lobby will change to the template mode (Normal, Dark or Light) set by the event organizer on the backend.

Reset settings

Accessibility changes made on one page of the Virtual Lobby will also affect other pages.

Best Practices for speakers

  • Ensure Clarity of Visuals and Sounds: Ensuring audio-visual quality is a key part of accessibility. Speakers should be well-lit and have their microphones tested beforehand. Also, keep background noise to a minimum and avoid speakers talking over each other.
  • Read polls, chats, and questions out loud: Guarantee speakers read questions and replies for other attendees aloud. Also, ensure plenty of time is given to their answers.
  • Describe your slides: Ask speakers to take a moment to describe their slides to the audience, making sure they summarize key graphs, images, and videos.
  • Check the color contrast of slides: Ensure your speaker's slides have enough color contrast between text and background. Using a contrast checker tool may be helpful here. Ask Google to search for available options, many of them are free.
  • Provide your slides ahead of time: Providing your slides before the presentation can be of great help to participants. Check this article for more information on how to share files with your participants before, during, and after your sessions.


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