JAWS and Webcourses@UCF

Overall Accessibility and Webcourses@UCF

Webcourses@UCF takes a number of steps to promote accessibility in all online courses.

Screen Readers and Browsers

Webcourses@UCF supports the following screen reader and browser combinations:

  • Macintosh: VoiceOver (latest version for Safari)
  • PC: JAWS (latest version for Internet Explorer 11)
  • PC: NVDA (latest version for Firefox)
  • There is no screen reader support for Webcourses@UCF in Chrome.

JAWS 14, Tabs, and Webcourses@UCF

Navigating Tabs

Webcourses@UCF presents certain pages in tabular form. These tabs are like multi-page dialog boxes. Clicking a tab opens a section of new content, and clicking another tab will hide this content and open up yet another section. You can think of tabs as dividers in a binder; they are used to separate logical sections.

For a sighted user, opening a tab merely requires clicking on it. With a screen reader, the steps differ from browser to browser. Here, we’ll focus on Internet Explorer 9 or later.

Move to a tab with JAWS using the standard “Move to Next Form Field” command: F. As an example, go to one of your assignments in a course and click the “Submit” link. Canvas will display a page that contains some tabs. You can move among them by pressing F. The list of tabs will be different depending on which options for submission your professor has enabled.

Suppose you wish to upload a file to attach to your assignment, such as a paper written in Microsoft Word. Press F until you get to the first tab. Next, press ENTER to activate Forms Mode. Finally, DOWN ARROW to the File Upload tab, and press ESCAPE to turn off Forms Mode and resume navigating the page.

Notice that simply pressing ENTER on the File Upload tab didn’t work, so we had to move across the tabs just like we would do in a multi-page dialog box.