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.

Accessibility in the pods

You can navigate among the visible pods entirely by keyboard.

  • Press Ctrl+F6 (Windows) or Command+F6 (Mac OS) to navigate to the next visible pod.

  • When you navigate to a pod, a colored border displays around the pod’, indicating that the pod is actively selected.

    You can specify the color of the border for all meetings in an account. Click Administration > Customization > Customize Meeting > Button Rollover.

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

Chat pod
Focus defaults to the new message field. Adobe Connect 9.2 onwards, the option Reverse order of messages, when selected, allows 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.

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.

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 attendee management

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Adobe Connect 9.2 onwards, 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

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