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Accessibility for Confluence 2.0: Edit with Screen Readers

Accessibility for Confluence 2.0 improves editing in the screen reader mode and Confluence's user interface.

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As you already know, with our add-on Accessibility for Confluence you no lon­ger need to be con­cer­ned about acces­si­bi­lity in Confluence. We've even updated it and have just released ver­sion 2.0. Besides being com­pa­ti­ble with Confluence 5.9, it is now pos­si­ble to edit all con­tent in the screen rea­der mode which is the mode opti­mi­zed for blind users.

Edit Content in Screen Reader Mode

The main fea­ture of Accessibility for Confluence is the screen rea­der mode. With this new, purpose-built view for screen rea­ders blind users can navi­gate through the con­tent bet­ter and use the text-to-speech func­tion. Until recently, only con­tent crea­ted in this mode could be edi­ted in it but this limi­ta­tion has since been lifted with ver­sion 2.0. Now, in the screen rea­der mode it is pos­si­ble to edit all con­tent that can be con­ver­ted to Confluence's wiki markup. This app­lies to pages, blog posts, and comments.

In the edit form the few types of con­tent not avail­able in wiki markup are auto­ma­ti­cally repla­ced with place­hol­ders to ensure that the rest of the con­tent can still be edited.

For older Confluence instal­la­ti­ons – spe­ci­fi­cally: 5.7 and 5.8 – this fea­ture is avail­able with ver­sion 1.3 of our add-on.

Improving the User Interface

Apart from the screen rea­der mode we also impro­ved Confluence's user inter­face. This is pri­ma­rily tar­ge­ted at people with motor or vision impairments; those who have trou­ble using the com­pu­ter mouse or need to use the high con­trast mode of their ope­ra­ting sys­tem.

As an example, motor-impaired people use the key­board to navi­gate around and depend on all rele­vant ele­ments being reach­a­ble via tab and arrow keys, and that their com­mands can be acti­va­ted by the enter or space key. Many Confluence dia­logs, howe­ver, have short­co­mings in this regard and in some cases it may not even be able to reach an ent­ire dia­log via the tab key. But Accessibility for Confluence 2.0 opti­mi­zes all these dia­logs in order for a smooth navi­ga­tion experience.

Additionally, opti­mi­zing the key­board navi­ga­tion is also inte­res­ting for people without disa­bi­li­ties. I mys­elf often use the key­board to navi­gate because it can often be fas­ter than using the mouse. I noti­ced quite a few pro­blems in Confluence in that regard and am glad that we fixed them.

Learn more about making your Confluence acces­si­ble – visit Accessibility for Confluence at the Atlassian Marketplace and get a free 30 days trial.

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