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Assigning shortcuts to keys for screenreaders

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Jun 07, 2018

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I am assigning shortcuts to keys for accessibility and would like to know if there are standards on how you assign keys. For instance, should a 
"Continue" button be "Enter" or "Shift+E"?   Or the "Exit" button be assigned "End" or ?   Are there standards or should I assign them and  include the shortcuts on the navigation page?  The 508 rules are killing me!!!  I would appreciate any tips, thank you.

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Assigning shortcuts to keys for screenreaders

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I am assigning shortcuts to keys for accessibility and would like to know if there are standards on how you assign keys. For instance, should a 
"Continue" button be "Enter" or "Shift+E"?   Or the "Exit" button be assigned "End" or ?   Are there standards or should I assign them and  include the shortcuts on the navigation page?  The 508 rules are killing me!!!  I would appreciate any tips, thank you.

Carol

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Jun 13, 2018

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I'm currently struggling with accessibility too! I found a good video on YouTube dealing specifically with this and other accessibility considerations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dlyes5sDB0 See if you find it helpful as well.

I think there are some common shortcuts, but they don't always work within Captivate courses, like tabbing, which I haven't found to be reliable. 

My plan is to include keyboard shortcut descriptions in my audio so users are sure of what they should click, even if I've created a "non-standard" shortcut.

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Jun 13, 2018

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Thank you Mary...

I will view the video. I recently found a video on Lynda.com, by Adobe's Guru,Pooja, and it is also excellent. Let me know if you use Captivate, or have access to Lynda.com, if not I can share what I learned.

Carol

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Jun 13, 2018

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Also, here is a link to the JAWS screen-reader keystrokes. JAWS Keystrokes

One thing I just discovered today is that the JAWS quick keys can sometimes cause a conflict with your course navigation. Before my quizzes, I will now be instructing learners who use JAWS to disable the quick key for "spans," which is the letter 'y' because it causes the learner to get stuck in the quiz when they submit an answer then have to press 'y' to continue.

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Good info, thank you Mary!

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