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Enabling accessibility features

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.
  • Disable first field focus

Enable the accessibility feature

Enable accessibility for the entire platform or for specific users.

About this task

Users can enable accessibility on their own by selecting the Accessibility Enabled check box in the system menu. This action 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 allow 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.

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 begin

Role required: admin

About this task

Individual users can enable the contrast theme for themselves by navigating to System preferences > Theme then selecting Contrast UI.

Procedure

  1. Navigate to User Administration > User preferences.
  2. Click New then configure the following fields.
    Table 2. User preferences fields
    Field Description
    Name glide.css.theme.ui16
    System Make sure that the check box is cleared.
    User Name of the user you want to enable the contrast UI theme for. Add a 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 the sys_id by navigating to System UI > Themes. Then right-click Contrast UI and click Copy sys_id.
  3. Click Submit.
    The user may have to sign out and sign back in for the theme to take effect.

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 begin

Role required: admin

Procedure

  1. Navigate to User Administration > User Preferences.
  2. Search for glide.ui.accessibility.focus_first_field.
  3. Set the Value field to false.
  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.