Accessibility features

People with disabilities, for example mobility impairments, blindness, and low vision require accessible documents or applications. Accessibility features in Adobe Connect enable people with disabilities to use the Meeting functionality as much as possible without a mouse.

Menu navigation

You can use a keyboard to navigate to the menus at the top of the Meeting client (Application Bar menus) and execute the menu options.

  • Ctrl+Space activates the Meeting menu.

  • The Left and the Right arrow keys activate adjacent menus on the Application Bar.

  • The Down arrow key activates the current menu. To select an item within the menu, use the Down, Up, Left, and Right arrows keys.

  • Enter selects the current menu item.

  • Escape key closes the current menu.

Keyboard shortcuts

The following keyboard shortcuts provide improved accessibility so that the Adobe Connect Meeting client can be used as much as possible without a mouse.

Important: In Microsoft Internet Explorer, for the keyboard shortcuts of the format Ctrl + <alphanumberic character>, use Alt key too, that is, the shortcut is Ctrl + Alt + <alphanumberic characters>. For example, to undo use Ctrl + Alt + Z, instead of Ctrl + Z.

Shortcuts for screen sharing dialog

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Switch to different tabs (in Aero mode only)

Ctrl+Tab

 

Move to different applications or focus

Tab

 

Select or deselect an application check box

Space

 

Make Share pod for attendees

Alt+P

 

Share content

Alt+H

 

Cancel a session

Alt+C

 

Movement

Arrow keys

 

Select desktop in Non-aero mode

Alt+D

 

Select applications in Non-aero mode

Alt+A

 

Select windows in Non-aero mode

Alt+W

 

Shortcuts for attendee management

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Shift focus to the active speaker label, effectively pointing to speaker activity.

Ctrl+H

Command+H

Toggles Raise-Hand status

Ctrl+E

Command+E

Promote to host. Requires selected items in Attendees pod

Ctrl+'

Command+'

Demote to participant. Requires selected user in Attendees pod

Ctrl+]

Command+]

Promote to Presenter. Requires selected user in Attendees pod

Ctrl+/

Command+/

End meeting

Ctrl+\

Command+\

Shortcuts for navigating pods, menus, and windows

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Toggle between notification window and meeting room

F8

F8

Bring focus to the application menu bar for keyboard navigation.

Ctrl+Space

Command+F2

Move focus to next / previous pod

Ctrl+F6 / Ctrl+Shift+F6

Command+F6 / Command+Shift+F6

Display pod menu for keyboard navigation

Ctrl+F8

Command+F8

Retitle pod

F2

F2

In Windows, press Ctrl+F9 to display a pod if overlapping pods hide it.

Shortcuts for audio and recordings

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Toggles Microphone on or off

Ctrl+M

Command+M

Start/Stop Recording. For Start, brings up the Start Recording Dialog

Ctrl+,

Command+,

Toggles Play/Pause during playback of recorded meetings

P

P

Shortcuts for Adobe Presenter content in the Share pod

Result

Windows and Mac OS

Start/Stop Desktop Sharing

Ctrl+[ (Windows) or Command+[ (Mac OS)

Next page/slide

Page Up or Right Arrow

Previous page/slide

Page Down or Left Arrow

Play/Pause

P

Stop

S

Mute

M

Change view

F

Shortcuts for the whiteboard

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Clear

Ctrl+D

Command+D

Print

Ctrl+P

Command+P

Undo

Ctrl+Z

Command+Z

Redo

Ctrl+Y

Command+Y

Delete selected items

Delete

Delete

Move selected items in a specific direction

Arrow keys

Arrow keys

Shortcuts for the Chat pod

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Shift the focus to the input field of the Chat pod that announced a new public message via chat sounds.

Ctrl+Shift+O

Command+Shift+O

Select and open the tab of the Chat pod that announced a private message via chat sounds.

Ctrl+Shift+O

Command+Shift+O

Place focus on Chat pod, activate cursor in new message field

Ctrl+;

Command+;

When cursor is in new message field, sends message

Enter

Return

Shortcuts for the Notes pod

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Underline text

Ctrl+U

Command+U

Italicize text

Ctrl+I

Command+I

Place text in boldface

Ctrl+B

Command+B

Shortcuts for dialog boxes

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Close or cancel a dialog box

Esc

Esc

Execute the default action (defined per dialog)

Enter

Return

Accessibility in the pods

You can navigate among the visible pods entirely by keyboard.

  • To bring a pod in the focus, use Ctrl + F6 keyboard shortcut.

  • Keep pressing Ctrl + F6 for the focus to cycle through the available pods a meeting room. A colored border around a pod indicates that the pod is focused.

    Certain pods have a default field that assumes focus. For example:

    Chat pod
    Focus defaults to the new message field. Select the option Reverse order of messages to allow the screen reader to read the messages in the reverse order, that is, from the latest to the first message.

    Notes pod
    Focus defaults to the note letting you change the message.

    Attendees pod
    Focus defaults to the selected users in the list, or to the first user in the list if no users are selected.

    Chat pod is highlighted by a colored border
  • Once a pod is in focus, you can use Tab to navigate inside the pod or press Ctrl + F8 to access the Pod Option menu.

When the Adobe Connect client starts, the default focus is set to the Message entry area of the visible Chat pod, if one is available. The Adobe Connect client may lose focus (for example, if you switch to another application) and later regain the focus. In this case, the Meeting application defaults back to the Message entry area of the visible Chat pod.

Change the role of a participant from the Attendee pod

  1. To bring a pod in the focus, use Ctrl + F6 keyboard shortcut.

  2. Keep pressing Ctrl + F6 for the focus to cycle through the available pods a meeting room. A colored border around a pod indicates that the pod is focused.

  3. Once Attendee pod is selected, press Tab a few times to highlight the area listing the participants.

    Part of the Attendees pod is highlighted by a colored border
  4. Use arrow keys to expand the relevant section, to highlight the user, and select the required role.

  5. Use the arrow keys to select a meeting attendee.

  6. Once the attendee is announced, press Ctrl + F8 to navigate to the Pod Options menu. Use the arrow keys to navigate the Pod Menu options.

  7. Once the Attendee Options submenu is announced, press the right arrow key to access the submenu and then press the down arrow key until you hear the annoucement of the priviledge you wish to grant. Hit enter when you reach the appropriate option.

Answer a poll question in the Poll pod

  1. To bring a pod in the focus, use Ctrl + F6 keyboard shortcut.

  2. Keep pressing Ctrl + F6 for the focus to cycle through the available pods a meeting room. A colored border around a pod indicates that the pod is focused.

  3. After selecting the Poll pod, depending on the type of the poll created, do one of the following:
    Multiple Answers
    Press Tab to highlight the first checkbox and then arrows keys to move to the other checkboxes. Press Space to select a highlighted checkbox. The selection is automatically submitted. To undo a selection, highlight the checkbox and press Space.

    Multiple Choice
    Press Tab to highlight the first radio button, use arrow keys to highlight the required option, and press Space to submit the selection. To change your submission, highlight a different radio button using the arrow keys and press Space.

    Short Answer
    Press Tab to highlight the text field, type your short answer, press Tab to highlight the Send Answer button, and press Space to submit the answer. To update your submitted answer, retype a new answer and submit it. It overwrites your previous submission.
    Submissions for a Short Answer type poll question

Accessibility-related account settings

Adobe Connect Administrators can update a few account-wide setting to improve the accessibility of users using the deployment. The administrators can customize the color theme of the login screen, meeting rooms, and of the Adobe Connect Central user interface to better suited the needs of the differently abled users.

Also, administrators can change the color of the border to highlight the focused pods.

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Customize the color of the border of the selected pods to improve accessibility