Accessibility Center: Screen readers & settings

Screen Readers

On Windows, only the NVDA screen reader has been tested.  Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) is the preferred browser with NVDA and the EBS Portal, however, it is not supported for Adobe Interactive Forms. Internet Explorer has also been tested and works with most functionality, but navigating the landing page with NVDA may be difficult; JAWS is the preferred screen reader to use with Internet Explorer.

The NVDA screen reader can be downloaded here.

Mozilla Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) can be downloaded here.

Settings for NVDA

  1. Open the NVDA menu.
  2. Choose the menu item "Preferences" > "Object Presentation...".
  3. Check the "Report Tooltips" and "Report Balloon Help" settings.
  4. 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.

 

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