ACCESSIBILITY CENTER: SCREEN READERS & SETTINGS

Screen Readers

The following two combinations have been tested for use with the EBS Portal and HR or Payroll applications:

  • Internet Explorer on Windows, using the JAWS screen reader
  • Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR), using the NVDA screen reader

Internet Explorer with JAWS is the preferred combination. Only Internet Explorer works with HR forms that use the Adobe Interactive technology.

Available Downloads

Freedom Scientific Software Licensing Portal - The JAWS screen reader or the ZoomText Magnifier with Text can be downloaded by MSU students and employees for a free one year home license

NV Access Download - Download the NVDA screen reader

Download Mozilla Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR)

Turning on Screen Reader Support in the EBS Portal

An accessibility flag can be activated once logged in. The accessibility flag will provide additional support for the NVDA and other screen readers.

  1. Select the person icon in the upper left which displays your name
  2. Choose the "Settings" option
  3. Choose the "Accessibility" option
  4. Move the slider to the right, activating the feature by setting it to true; if you are using a screen reader, this will read as a checkbox. 
  5. Choose the "Save" button

Settings for NVDA

  1. Open the NVDA menu.
  2. Choose the menu item "Preferences," then "Settings"
    1. Under "Object Presentation," check the "Report Tooltips" and "Report Balloon Help" settings.
    2. Under "Browse Mode," check "Automatic focus mode for caret movement"
  3. Confirm the dialog with OK.

Settings for JAWS

Although NVDA is the preferred screen reader, the following settings will help optimize JAWS for use with the EBS Portal and HR/Payroll System. If using JAWS, the preferred browser is Internet Explorer.

Virtual Cursor off

  1. Press Insert+6 in the active Internet Explorer Window.
  2. Navigate to "Miscellaneous", then "Use Virtual PC Cursor".
  3. Deselect the "Use Virtual PC Cursor".
  4. Exit the dialog box by choosing the "OK" button.

Speech Verbosity

  1. Press Insert+6 in the active Internet Explorer Window.
  2. Navigate to "Speech Verbosity"
  3. Choose the Beginner ....
  4. Select the "Tooltip" checkbox (at the end of the list).
  5. If you use "Intermediate" or "Advanced", activate the "Tooltip" as well.
  6. Exit the dialog box by choosing the "OK" button.

Reading Graphics

  1. Press Insert+6 in the active Internet Explorer Window.
  2. Navigate to "Web/HTML/PDF" and "Images/Graphics".
  3. In the "For an Image", go to "Speak" and choose the "First attribute found in the order list" option.
  4. The value "title|alt|src" should be entered in the "Order List" field.
  5. Exit the dialog box by choosing the "OK" button.