Making Your Prezi Classic ADA Friendly

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Some people might have a different experience viewing your prezi. Making your prezi ADA friendly opens your presentation’s audience and makes it more accessible.

Note: This article is solely to give helpful tips and is not meant to be a comprehensive checklist for Americans with Disabilities (ADA) compliance.

Adding voice overs

Adding sound is a great way to help make your prezi ADA friendly. Prezi Classics with voice overs are ideal for situations when you’re not presenting. The sound would play once the viewer reaches a path step, so there’s no rush to follow along and your prezi can be navigated at the viewer’s own pace.

Tip: Make sure to describe any relevant images in your voice overs. Give a simple explanation for a simple graphic and a more detailed explanation for complex graphics.

To add a voice over

  1. In Edit mode, click the path step in the left sidebar that you’d like to add sound to.
  2. Click Insert > Add Voice-over to Path Step.
  3. Open the sound file you’d like to upload. You’ll see a progress bar while your file is being uploaded.
  4. Once it’s complete, you can play the track, or click Done to continue editing your prezi.

To remove sound from a path step

  1. Select the path step thumbnail from the left sidebar.
  2. Click on the sound's filename and select the trashcan icon.

Download a PDF version of your prezi

Downloading a PDF version of your prezi makes it easier to view the text in your prezi. You can do so in a few simple steps.

  1. In Edit mode, select the share icon from the top menu. Then click Export as PDF.
  2. You’ll have to wait a few seconds as each path step in your prezi becomes a page in the PDF document.
  3. Once it’s ready, you’ll be prompted to save your prezi as a PDF file. Simply click Save PDF and choose where to save it.

If you do not choose a place to save it, your PDF will appear in your “Downloads” folder for both Windows and Mac.

Record a video and upload it to YouTube

Making a screencast of your prezi and uploading it to YouTube will automatically make closed captions. You can work with any software that enables you to screencast and record audio. We know that Camtasia and Quicktime are able to do both.

For more info on inserting a YouTube video to your prezi, check out this article.

Simple tips to improve viewing experience

Autoplay

Don’t use the autoplay feature so your viewer can move freely through your content and control it.

Color

Use pastel or dark colors when using a solid color for your background. Don’t use strong colors like neon blue, hot pink, and bright red. These colors can burn your retina if used on large surfaces such as a background. Also try to avoid complete black or white, which can be too strong of a contrast and be hard on the eyes. Instead, try off-color versions such as eggshell or dark gray.

Don’t solely use color as a metaphor or to express an important message. Some people might not see it.

Labeling

Make sure your charts are sufficiently labelled in columns and rows. It’s also good to label or describe the content or purpose on main frames.

Images, zooming, and rotation

Limit flashy images, zooming, and rotation to lower the risk of optically-induced seizures. If you’re giving an oral presentation, make sure to describe any important images in case you have an audience member who is blind or visually impaired.

Tip: If images are low contrast, include a caption or tag to describe it.

Spacing

Make sure you put enough space between objects to make them clearly visible. It also adds meaningful space.

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