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 accessibility feature for UI16 and UI15 System administrators can enable accessibility for all users throughout the platform. 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. 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. Enable the high contrast theme In UI16, administrators can enable the contrast UI theme for users who need a greater contrast in color. Before you beginRole required: admin About this taskIndividual users can enable the contrast theme for themselves by navigating to System preferences > Theme then selecting Contrast UI. Procedure Navigate to User Administration > User preferences. Click New then configure the following fields. Table 2. User preferences fields Field Description Name glide.css.theme.ui16 System Make sure the check box is cleared. User Name of the user you want to enable the contrast UI theme for. Add a new user preference for each user you want to enable the theme for. Type string Value The sys_id of the contrast UI theme. You can find this by navigating to System UI > Themes. Then right-click Contrast UI and click Copy sys_id. Click Submit. The user may have to sign out and sign back in for the theme to take 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. If accessibility is not enabled, users can also use skip links to activate accessibility. Figure 1. Skip link Enable Accessibility: Enables accessibility. This skip link only appears if the user has not yet enabled accessibility. Pressing enter refreshes the page with accessibility enabled. Skip to navigator: Skips to the navigation filter in the application navigator. Skip to main content: Skips to the first selectable field or link in the main content pane. View tasks as a list: In a visual task board, switches all the task cards to the table view. For more information on viewing task boards in a list view, see View a task board in a listView a task board in a list. 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: Enable the accessibility feature in order for skip links to work. 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. Disable first field focus When a form loads, the system automatically sends focus to the first field on the form. For accessibility reasons, you can disable this option so that focus starts on the first element on the top of the page. Before you beginRole required: admin Procedure Navigate to User Administration > User Preferences. Search for glide.ui.accessibility.focus_first_field. Set the Value field to false. (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.