Checking Survey Accessibility Overview
Survey Accessibility is important if you have individuals responding to your survey using a screen reader, like JAWS. Another term common to this form of accessibility is 508 Compliance.
Checking Your Survey’s Accessibility
- In Edit Survey, click Advanced Options.
- Click Check Survey Accessibility.
A check, similar to the Spell Check feature, will be run on your survey.
- If potential problems are found within the survey, you will be notified and given suggestions for how you can change the questions to make them accessible.
- Click the individual suggestions in the list, and the system will jump you to the location that needs to be changed.
- When done editing, click Done or Recheck.
Accessible and Non-Accessible Question Types
The following question types are accessible:
- Multiple Choice – all 21 types
- Matrix – except Bipolar
- Text Entry – all
- Side by Side
- Rank Order except Drag and Drop
- Constant Sum – except Slider
- Descriptive Block
- Drill Down
The following question types are not accessible:
- Constant Sum – Slider
- Matrix – Bipolar
- Rank Order – Drag and Drop
- Pick, Group, and Rank
- Heat Map
- Hot Spot
- Sliding Scale
Disabling “Allow Non-Accessible Surveys”
Most organizations are set up to allow survey builders to create non-accessible surveys. An Allow Non-Accessible Surveys permission is enabled by default, but you can disable it on the organization, user type, and user levels. When disabled, a symbol is placed next to each survey to designate whether the question is accessible.
- Green icon: This designates an accessible question (works best with screen reader programs).
- Red icon: This designates an inaccessible question. A variation of that question type will work better for screen reader programs.
Please contact the Qualtrics administrator at your organization to enable/disable that permission on your account, if needed.