Accessibility

Unlike other features on this page, Accessibility is always available and is not something that is enabled/disabled in a configuration. Instead you will need to think about your own users and environment and consider what level of support they require to utilise web-based clients such as MindLink Anywhere.

Most notably a screen reader, which is not something MindLink supply, may be required for those with visual impairments. The sections of our client have been designed to allow the best results with these screen readers, ensuring content is narratable and that alt text is provided for images, etc. However, for the screen reader programme itself a 3rd party solution is required.

Keyboard navigation is also available using shortcut keys. No prerequisite software is needed to utilise this, but knowing if this is something you will need in advance will help you plan around these requirements.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Many keyboard shortcuts have been introduces to allow keyboard navigation through the client. Providing enhancements to users and allowing more dynamicchoices for moving through the client, accessibility changes provide new strategies for all users. The functionality is especially valuable for users with disabilities, who may struggle with conventional mouse & Keyboard navigation, allowing more choices for how to utilise the client.

There are two types of shortcut
1) shift focus: these shortcuts quickly move to a section of the client.
C : Chat
H : History Search
S : Search groups and contacts

Note: to deselect the currently selected region use SHIFT+ESC This will ensure your input is used as a shortkut key and isn't perceived as a text input (e.g. if you have the Search groups and contacts field selected)

2) Move focus: These keys allow movement through regions of the client. The dock is a key place for this
Arrow keys : up and down move one item up and down in the selection.
Enter : Select the currently highlighted item
PgUp / PgDn : move 10 items up or down the list. Good for rapid dock scrolling.

Screen Reader

Text-to-speech screen readers have been factored into the MindLink interface. Each element can be narrated as the user navigates through, either using a mouse or with keyboard navigation.

Note : MindLink do not supply a screen reader, so this must be sourced externally.