Conforming to Accessibility Standards

Hello @Emmanuel_Martin-Jean, these features are currently not on the immediate roadmap unfortunately. In case we receive further information about them in the future, we’ll post about it in this thread.

Thank you Sara for the information. I guess this means I’ll search for a more inclusive solution in the meantime.

Have a nice day.

@Emmanuel_Martin-Jean You’re welcome and I am sorry about the inconvenience. Have a great day.

I work for a government agency and was recently reprimanded for suggesting the use of Prezi because it is not section 508 compliant. I understand that the that you “are currently not compliant” and it is “not on the immediate roadmap” for your business model. I think this is a misstep.

Most of my interactions with your software have been as a user and not a creator. I love using the framework to help explain complex regulations, by tailoring discussions in the moment and using your platform to provide visual aids. I’m at the point where being innovative, and a good steward of my program needs more functionality than your competitor can offer but I am forced to use them simply because you have not become section 508 compliant yet.

I understand that section 508 applies to government agencies and your core customer is not the government. However, government employees, like me, are being told to avoid using your product. How can government become a client when you don’t comply with the regulations we follow? While this may be a financial decision for your company, and you may perceive a limited gain from becoming compliant; I imagine that you would initially break even and then be in a position to profit moving forward. In the 1990’s Apple/IBM business strategies were different. Apples targeted schools, IBM targeted Business. The catch, once people left school’s the went to business, apple missed out on expansion opportunities by not supporting that transition. Similarly, you are missing out on opportunities by not being section 508 compliant. You provide a cool way to present information that people are excited about and in my case, quickly become disappointed when I can’t use your platform for the public sector. I don’t understand where the issue is with 508 compliance but it doesn’t seem like a resource heavy activity to develop a fix.

Prezi seems to target students and sales people. But I consider the people I interact with as my “customers” (not in the traditional sense) and the best way for me to interact with them is by using modern, interactive technologies to help educate/inform.

I think you should revisit this issue, and consider if it is really too costly to comply.


Hello @JasonD, thanks for sharing your feedback with us. We also agree that it would be very beneficial to be ADA compliant, so we will send this to our product team and will let you know as soon as we any developments :slight_smile:

Morning. I am working to comply with accessibility needs. Will Prezi export as readable text?


Hello @Michael_Harvey, Prezi is not ADA compliant unfortunately. You can export the presentations to PDF, however each step in your presentation’s path will become an image. If you have any other questions feel free to reach out to us, we’ll be happy to help.

Hi Sara,
Thanks for the quick reply. There is recurring interest around here, every time Prezi come up we have to deny use due to lack of ADA compliance. My understanding is if the readable content could be exported as… readable content, it would go a long way to allowing us to use Prezi.

Is that on the roadmap? If so, do you have a timeline?


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Hello @Michael_Harvey, I apologize for any inconvenience. These features are currently not on the immediate roadmap unfortunately. In case we receive further information about them in the future, we’ll post it in this thread.


I was very saddened to find this thread. I currently work semiprofessionally with an umbrella NGO for disabled people. I like Prezi so much and the possibilities the tool provides for more captivating presentations. I even had a conversations recently with one of the head technical officers introducing her to Prezi. At first asking if they have a Prezi subscription which turned into me introducing it to her since she hadn’t heard of it before.

Even though I, myself, do not need software in general to conform to Accessibility Standards I can not in good concience recommend that an NGO focused on the welfare and betterment of social security for people with disabilities purchase or start a subscription for a software tool that does not conform to Accessibility Standards.
Furthermore the first couple of posts on this thread show a disarming lack of concern about people with disabilities that require the use of accessible software. Whether that was because of lack of training in that regard, inexperience, thoughtless clumsiness in wording or an actual lack of understanding (refering to the “what features would be beneficial” response) doesn’t really matter. I sincerely hope that that at least has been remedied in the almost three years that this thread has existed.

To summarise: I cannot recommend that my organisation starts an official business association at the present time. I decided to add my reply to this thread for two reasons; add my small weight to the discussion and pressure for Prezi to conform to accessibility standards and so that I can monitor this thread if there would be any change in this matter.
I very much hope that you will decide to make this a priority.

Bergthor Thordarson
Chair of the income policy group for OBI - The Icelandic Disability Alliance


Hello @Bergthor_Thordarson, thank you so much for sharing your feedback with us, although there are some workarounds that can help, we are aware this is not an optimal experience for people with disabilities.

We will make sure to share your comment with our Product team and we’ll update this post as soon as we have any news :slight_smile:

These comments from the Prezi employees are a joke. Clearly the users want your products to be ADA compliant. Why do you not see the need to have your product and technology accessible by all?


Here we are…three years after the original post and Prezi is STILL not accessible. This is saddening considering things have drastically shifted towards the use of ADA compliant tech. The company targets students and educators, yet they are not willing to meet the needs of EVERYONE in the classroom. I’ve been using Prezi in my college classroom since 2013 and had hoped that things would change. Since they haven’t, I will have to shift back to PowerPoint. Get with it Prezi!


Question from the EU Accessibility Directive point of view. In our organization, as in many others, we definetly need Prezi. By the accessibility directive / law, we need to produce material with A and AA -criteria (visual pictures being able to read “text to speech” by reading tools). How do the digital reading solutions read Prezis? Please, needing an answer what is the situation with Prezi and Accessibility Directive?

Hello @Piia_Jokelainen, I merged your post with the relevant thread.

Although Prezi is not ADA compliant at the moment, our Product team is aware of this need and we are currently working on solutions for this matter.

For now, we can only recommend the workaround mentioned previously, you can check them here.

Hope this could help, and please, let us know if you have any other questions :slight_smile:

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Hi @Ben_Wilson
I wouldn’t count PowerPoint out. It is accessible and it does the same things that Pretzi does, it just takes longer to design. I would hate that you lose your exciting presentations!

Hello there.

Does anybody know about how barrier free prezi is to use (and how to set this up) or if there are possibilities to use a prezi presentation with a screenreader?

Best from Vienna

Hello @Michael_Schoeppl, I merged your post with the relevant thread. I would recommend you to check this reply :slight_smile:

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Hi - I’m creating a presentation through Prezi Present, and am experimenting with recording it, following the instructions here: Adding narration to your presentation (using Prezi Video) – Prezi Support Center

I was just wondering if it’s possible to generate a transcript of the audio, for accessibility.

Hi @Nicola_Clarke, I’ve merged your question to the relevant topic.

Please note that a transcript is automatically generated for most of the videos you create with Prezi Video.

Hope this helps!