Using accessibility features

Accessibility features include keyboard navigation, color and style settings, using a screen reader, and search methods.

Keyboard accessibility

The Now Platform is designed to be as accessible as possible without user modification or setting changes. Users can tab through the platform UI without enabling accessibility. However, without accessibility enabled, tabbing goes from input to input and skips other items on a form, such as reference icons.

Tab-through provides the following options:
  • Use skip links to shift focus to different parts of the page without tabbing through every element.
  • On edit pages such as forms, the keyboard focus starts at the first editable field on the page.
  • If the glide.ui.accessibility.focus_first_field user preference is enabled, page focus starts at the first input field at the top of the page content section. In a table, this field is usually the search option. In a form, the field is the first input field in the form.
  • Use tab-through and arrow keys to move items around in a slushbucket.
  • When focused on tabs, use right/left arrow keys to switch tabs.
  • Arrows keys work within menus to navigate between entries.
  • On tab-through for a list, the option to enable the Edit table data inline appears, so you can use the list editor, rather than opening the form.
    • When inline edit mode is enabled, screen focus shifts to the first cell in the table.
    • Press the Escape key while a cell is selected to exit inline edit mode. Focus remains on the cell.
    • Press the spacebar to open the context menu for the selected item.
    • Use the arrow keys (in addition to tabbing) to move around the list in inline edit mode.
  • Properties pages, such as System Properties > UI Properties, include an icon with the property name. Screen readers read the property name when the icon is in focus.
  • In the application navigator when accessibility is enabled, tabbing moves you through each element for every module, including the Edit application/module and Add to favorites icons. Use the arrow keys to move through the application navigator without focusing on these additional elements.
  • If accessibility is enabled, a help icon appears with the HTML field. The help icon indicates which keys to use to access and escape the HTML field toolbar.