Update: Tableau 10.2 is here! Download now to try out the feature outlined below.
Do you want to make your vizzes accessible to as many people as possible? Do you work in an environment that is subject to US Section 508 requirements or other accessibility-related laws and regulations? Then get ready for Tableau 10.2.
In Tableau 10.2, you can create, publish, and embed accessible vizzes. We’ve also included support for screen readers, braille keyboards, and keyboard-only navigation.
Our goal with this first accessibility release is to enable you to embed Tableau content into a host page without breaking that page’s accessibility. In previous versions of Tableau, simple UI omissions could stall the use of a page when it came to accessibility. For example, if a user was navigating a page using only a keyboard and focus got trapped in an input, there was no way for the user to navigate further.
This release also solves many of the underlying technical challenges for accessibility compliance such as keyboard support, ARIA roles, and focus indicators. However, that doesn’t mean every one of your vizzes will magically become accessible. Authors will still need to make good design and component choices to meet accessibility standards.
Tableau 10.2 is our first step on a larger accessibility journey. We started where the need was the greatest—with the consumption of viz content as there are many more people exploring vizzes than creating them. In future releases, we plan to add more viz controls and tools to the list of supported components. Top priorities going forward include the viz toolbar and additional filter controls.