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Accessibility Interface

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PROBLEM

How do I use the atmail accessibility interface?

ENVIRONMENT

  • atmail 7 cloud

CAUSE

Accessibility requirement.

RESOLUTION

A significant new feature of atmail 7.4 is a complete overhaul of the Mobile User Interface to meet accessibility standards. Our new accessibility interface can be used on mobiles, tablets and standard web browsers on both PCs and Macs.

The mobile-friendly accessibility UI is a significant move towards meeting the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative Guidelines and also the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines. (Specific conformance with these standards will be announced with future releases).

Significant accessibility features available with atmail 7.4.0 include:
  • A design that supports OS X VoiceOver so that non-sighted users can use webmail. For non-OS X systems, other voice browsing tools will also benefit from the new design.
  • Keyboard-only navigation and short cut keys so that the accessibility UI can be used without a mouse.
  • A structural redesign that makes the accessibility UI available to numerous browsing tools that do not rely on standard navigation such as screen readers.

To access the Accessibility Interface, click onto the "Accessibility view" icon on the top right on the 2 or 3 pane view mode.

Using VoiceOver on Mobile UI with OS X Safari

Turning VoiceOver on and off

You can turn VoiceOver on and off at any time; you don’t have to restart your computer or log in again. Here are ways to turn VoiceOver on or off:

  • Press Command-F5. If VoiceOver is on, pressing Command-F5 turns it off.
  • Use the Universal Access pane of System Preferences.

If you set the Universal Access preference to include a Universal Access menu in the status bar, the menu shows when VoiceOver is on or off.

The first time you start VoiceOver, you can choose to take the Quick Start tutorial, an interactive tour of VoiceOver navigation and interaction basics. When VoiceOver is on, you can start the tutorial at any time by pressing VO-Command-F8. (VO means Control+Option)

Pausing speech and repeat

When VoiceOver is speaking, you can temporarily pause the speech, and then resume where the speaking left off.

To pause and resume speech:

Press the Control key. If you’re using VoiceOver gestures, two-finger tap the trackpad. To resume speaking, repeat the key or gesture.

If you move the VoiceOver cursor after you pause the speech, VoiceOver begins speaking the item that’s now in the VoiceOver cursor.

If you missed what VoiceOver spoke, you can press VO-Z to repeat the last word or phrase.

Navigation Over Elements

Use Tab key to move between element groups ( e.g. menu group, button group ).

Use Up/Down Arrow key to move the focus within a group.

Reading Email Content

Because the email content is rendered inside an iframe in Mobile UI, The VoiceOver will not read the inside content until send the interactive command.

To read the email content:

  1. Use the Tab key to highlight the whole email content (a.k.a the iframe)
  2. When the whole email content is highlighted, press Control+Option+Shift + DownArrow to enter interactive mode. Now the first html element (A heading or a paragraph) of the email content will get focus and be read.
  3. Use Control+Option + RightArrow to read next paragraph. Use Control+Option + LeftArrow to go back to previous paragraph.
  4. Use Tab Key to escape from the interactive mode.
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