Accessibility Information for EBSCO Interfaces
With improved page orientation and navigation, EBSCOhost now exceeds Web accessibility standards.
Key enhancements include: descriptive page titles, section header tags and selected link labels; easier tab navigation; and elimination of most tables to improve searching with screen readers or keyboard controls.
EBSCOhost has been fully tested to allow users to navigate the web interface with only a keyboard. You may also be able to use the access keys listed below.
Many pages have additional assistance tips for screen reader users in the Introductory Text at the top of each page. Please read this information and follow instructions for improved navigation.
Depending on your operating systems you will need to press Ctrl or Alt and 1, 2, or 3. The numbers permit you to do the following:
- Access key 1 – Skip Navigation to Result Lists
- Access key 2 – Search
- Access key 3 – Main Navigation toolbar
EBSCO eBook and Audiobook Accessibility System Requirements and Settings
For low-vision and blind users using JAWS screen reader software, accessing eBooks and Audiobooks on EBSCOhost requires JAWS version 12 in combination with Firefox web browser, to support ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) standards.
For more information on ARIA click here.
For FAQs related to eBooks and Accessibility click here.
- Modal and Dialog displays:
A modal or dialog display occurs when a content area “overlays” a web page while keeping the background web page visible, but “grayed out” and not usable. This web convention maintains context for sighted users, allowing them to focus on specific actions or choices, without leaving the context of the web page they were on.
For JAWS users, the desired effect is that upon a modal or dialog opening in the user interface, JAWS software focuses on this new element and reads the modal or dialog screen from that point. However, JAWS sometimes responds unpredictably to modal and dialog displays. This situation happens most frequently with Internet Explorer, which does not support the ARIA standard.
In these situations a user can still access the modal dialog by invoking the keyboard combination of “Ctrl+End.” This effectively sets focus to the bottom of the page. Using the up arrow from this point the user can navigate through the modal dialog backwards.
- Configuring Adobe Acrobat Reader for Full Text and PDF Navigation:
The EBSCOhost eBook Viewer utilizes an embedded PDF display. For browser-embedded PDFs, the Adobe PDF viewer “grabbing” focus away from the browser is a known issue with Internet Explorer, even when no accessibility tools are involved. This becomes an issue for screen reader users that rely on tabbing to navigate within browser web pages. There is not currently a known solution for this issue.
However, for screen reader users, EBSCOhost provides screen readers alternative access to a more integrated user experience of the full text and browser controls. To access this full text, Adobe PDF Reader must first be configured to display PDFs in a separate window, not embedded within the browser, then activate the delivery of the alternative full text by following the introductory screen reader-accessible instructions.
- Configuration requirements:
Per Adobe’s Accessibility Preferences documentation: “‘Display PDF in Browser’ causes PDFs linked to from web pages to open in the web browser instead of a separate Acrobat window. Deselect this preference for greater control when navigating a document in a screen reader. This preference corresponds to the Display PDF Documents In The Web Browser option in the Accessibility Setup Assistant.”
Once your PDF settings are configured, when accessing an eBook, be sure to allow your screen reader software to read the full introductory text of the web page, which provides directions for activating the delivery of the full text.
For more information on Adobe Acrobat Accessibility Preferences click here.
- Configuration requirements:
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