Learn how accessible Adobe Connect is, in visual, auditory, and mobility categories and how it complies with Section 508. Learn how differently abled users can use the pods.

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.

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.

Note:

On Windows, if the audio conference dialog is displayed, Hosts can start the meeting audio by pressing Esc and then Ctrl+Space.

Note:

In Chrome browser on Mac, after joining a meeting, press Tab to activate the meeting menu and then use Ctrl+Space.

  • Ctrl+Space activates the Meeting menu.

    Note: If audio conference dialog is displayed, pressing Esc and then Ctrl+Space starts the meeting audio for Hosts.

  • The Left and the Right Arrow keys activate adjacent menus on the Application Bar. Use the Left arrow key to access the right-most menu and the Right arrow key to access the left-most menu.

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

Note:

In Microsoft Internet Explorer, use Alt key for keyboard shortcuts of the format Ctrl + <alphanumeric character>. Use Ctrl + Alt + <alphanumeric characters> in IE, instead of Ctrl + <alphanumeric characters>.

For example, to undo use Ctrl + Alt + Z, instead of Ctrl + Z.

Shortcuts for screen sharing dialog

Result

Windows

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 full screen for attendees

Alt+P

Movement

Arrow keys

Shortcuts for attendee management

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Shift focus to the active speaker label, effectively pointing to speaker activity. (Works in Google Chrome and not in the add-in.)

Ctrl+H

Command+H

Toggles Raise-Hand status

Ctrl+E

Command+E

Promote to host. Requires selected items in Attendees pod. Use arrow keys for selection.

Ctrl+'

Command+'

Demote to participant. Requires selected user in Attendees pod. Use arrow keys for selection.

Ctrl+]

Command+]

Promote to Presenter. Requires selected user in Attendees pod. Use arrow keys for selection.

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

Note:

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

Shortcuts for audio and recordings

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Toggle microphone on or off on Mac Ctrl+M Command+M

Display join audio conference dialog on Windows

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

Mac OS

Start/Stop Desktop Sharing (For add-in)

Ctrl+[

Command+[

Next page/slide

Right Arrow

Right Arrow

Previous page/slide

Left Arrow

Left Arrow

Play/Pause (Works in Slide view)

 

P

Stop (Works in Slide view)

 

S

Mute (Works in Slide view)

 

M

Change view (not for HTML content; works in Slide view)

 

F

Shortcuts for the whiteboard

Result

Windows

Mac OS

Print (When focus is on the Whiteboard, say by clicking a pointer inside.)

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 (select text first)

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.

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

Note:

In Chrome on Mac, press Tab twice and then use Command + F6 to navigate through pods .

  • 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.

     

Chat pod is highlighted by a colored border when navigating using keyboard
Chat pod is highlighted by a colored border when navigating using keyboard

  • 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 you have highlighted a button, press the spacebar to activate it.

On Windows, 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. If audio conference dialog is displayed, then the default focus is on the dialog.

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 add-in defaults back to the Message entry area of the visible Chat pod. Alternatively, when the client loses focus, press Tab to highlight the Adobe logo in the top left corner. Now press Tab or Ctrl+F6 to proceed further.

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 when navigating using keyboard
    Part of the Attendees pod is highlighted by a colored border when navigating using keyboard

  4. Use Arrow keys to expand the relevant section, to highlight the user, and see the 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.

    Note:

    Alternatively, press Ctrl+F8 for the Pod Options menu. All the options available in the menu in the top left corner of the pod, are also available in the Pod Options menu.

  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 announcement of the privilege you want 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 check box and then Arrow keys to move to the other checkboxes on Windows and use Tab on Mac. Press Space to select a highlighted check box. The selection is automatically submitted. To undo a selection, highlight the check box 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.

    Submission for a Short Answer type poll question using keyboard
    Submission for a Short Answer type poll question using keyboard

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.

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

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