Enabling accessibility features

You can configure accessibility features globally or for specific users. Users can also individually enable specific users preferences for themselves to make the platform more accessible.

The platform includes features that support Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 level A to make the interface more accessible to all users. These features improve the user experience when accessing the instance with screen readers and keyboard navigation.

Accessibility features are not enabled by default because some features are user specific. Administrators have the flexibility to enable features globally or for individual users.

All of these options can be configured globally or for specific users.
  • Enable the accessibility option.
  • Disable the list editor feature.
  • Enable the high contrast theme.
  • Use skip links.
  • Disable first field focus

Enable the section 508 accessibility feature for UI16 and UI15

Alternative text is included for images throughout the user interface. Settings control the rendering of alternative text for screen readers in place of images and allows skip links to work more effectively.

About this task

Users can enable accessibility on their own by selecting the Accessibility Enabled check box in the system menu. This enables accessibility for the current user.

Alternative text is included for images throughout the user interface. Settings control the rendering of alternative text for screen readers in place of images and allows skip links to work more effectively.

Procedure

  1. Navigate to User Administration > User Preferences.
  2. Search for the glide.ui.accessibility preference.
  3. Set the Value field to true.
  4. (Optional) To change this setting for a specific user, clear the System check box, then add a user in the user field.
    Set up a new preference for each user you want to configure this option for.

Disable the list editor feature

The glide.ui.list_edit property controls list editing, which allows users to edit field values directly from a list without navigating to a form.

About this task

When accessing the instance with assistive technologies, disable this feature to allow users to tab between fields more quickly. The default value is true, which enables the list editor.

Procedure

  1. Navigate to System Properties > UI Properties.
  2. Clear the check box for the Enable list editing property.
  3. Click Save.
  4. To disable the list editor for a specific user:
    1. Navigate to User Administration > User Preferences.
    2. Click New and configure the form using the following values.
      Table 1. Disable list edit field values
      Field Description
      Name list_edit_enable
      System Make sure the check box is cleared.
      User Name of the user you want to disable list editing for. Add a new user preference for each user you want to disable list editing for.
      Type true | false
      Value false
    3. Click Submit.
      Users may need to sign out and sign back in before the user preference takes effect.

Search methods and 508 compliance

There are several ways to search for information in the user interface.

  • List views include a Go to search field in the list title bar. Using the * wildcard character in the search text allows you to perform a contains search rather than a starts with search. This type of query may take a little longer to run but can save keystrokes. You can also use several other wildcards with list searches.
  • The navigation filter in the application navigator filters the applications and modules that appear in the navigator based on the entered text. To open a module, click the module name, or press the Down Arrow to highlight the module name, and then press Enter.

See Available search options for more information about these search methods.