Navigating Tips for Screen Reader Users

To benefit the most from this type of distance learning and to maximize your online experience, follow these suggestions as you proceed through the course:

  1. When you're unsure where you are on a page, press [Ctrl + Home] to go to the top of the page so you'll know where you are starting from.
  2. When using your screen reader, be sure to listen and don't go too fast when navigating the Web page.
  3. Use the Tab key to move to the next Internet element such as a link, button, combo box, or edit box. Press [Shift + Tab] to move to the previous Internet element.
  4. To quickly find the navigation links (Previous, Next, Main Menu, Preferences, Help, etc.) at the bottom of all online Hadley course pages, press [Ctrl + End] to jump to the bottom of the page and then arrow up, or you can use the "Skip to Navigation" link that appears at the top of all online pages. Selecting this link will jump you to the navigation links at the bottom of the page.
  5. To see which page of the lesson you are currently on, press [Ctrl + Home] and then arrow down a few times. The page number will either be after the course name or after the current lesson name. The format is "Page x of y". For example, "Page 4 of 23".
  6. If you go to one of the navigation links at the bottom of the page and your screen reader says "bullet" and the label name, without first saying "link," this means the current link is disabled. The link has been disabled for a reason.

    For example, when you finish the assignment and select the Submit Assignment button, you will move to the next page. Your screen reader will now read the link labeled "Previous" and voice it as "bullet, Previous" instead of "link, Previous". The Previous link has been disabled because you cannot return to the assignment page once you have submitted your assignment.
  7. The section reading screens in some online Hadley courses, such as the FCE modules, give you the option to play an audio recording of the section reading. If you wish to play the audio recording, press [Ctrl + Home] and then arrow down until you find "Flash Start". Continue to arrow down a few more times until you find a button labeled Play. Please be aware that these Flash buttons, depending on your particular access technology being used, may not voice Internet element labels or they may simply say something like "embedded object". Press Enter to begin the audio playback.

    The Play button will change to a Pause button. Your cursor may stay on the Pause button or it may have moved one line up or down. Be aware that you may have to arrow up or down to find the Pause button again. It normally takes two presses of the Enter key on the Pause button to interrupt the playing of the recording. Whether the audio recording is playing or has been paused, the text of the current section reading is still available just beyond the Flash area. (Note: There is no apparent Stop button in the Flash area).

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