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 Navigate to User Administration > User Preferences. Search for the glide.ui.accessibility preference. Set the Value field to true. (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. Related ConceptsUser preferences 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 taskWhen 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 Navigate to System Properties > UI Properties. Clear the check box for the Enable list editing property. Click Save. To disable the list editor for a specific user: Navigate to User Administration > User Preferences. 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 Click Submit. Users may need to sign out and sign back in before the user preference takes effect. Use skip links Skip links allow users to quickly navigate to the main content on a page, list, or form, bypassing icons, banner text, navigation links, and other elements. About this task The user interface includes skip links to the navigation menu, the content pane and, in UI11, to the form currently displayed in the content pane. Figure 1. Skip link Skip to Navigation Menu: skips to the navigation filter in the application navigator. Skip to Navigation Content: skips to the first selectable field or link in the main content pane. Skip to Form Content: in UI11, skips to the first selectable field in the open form pane; if the form pane is not open, this link does not work. Attention: You must enable the accessibility feature in order for skip links to work. You may need to press the Tab key several times to move through the buttons in the Edge, the gray toolbar on the left side of the screen, to reach the skip links. When selected, skip links appear in the upper left corner of the user interface. Procedure Use the Tab and Shift+Tab keys to move forward and back through the skip links and other selectable fields. When a skip link is highlighted (outlined in blue), press Enter to select the link. 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.