ANGEL users with disabilities can customize the ANGEL display according to their needs by using the Accessibility Menu, accessed by clicking the 508 button in the left navigation frame.
Using the Create a Profile wizard on the Accessibility Menu, you can create a profile specifying fonts, colors, display mode, and screen reader settings, which you can then apply to ANGEL.
Note: The difference between a profile and a theme applied using the Theme Selector tool is that the profile uses the Accessibility for Learning Information Package (ACCLIP) specification of the IMS Global Learning Consortium. An ACCLIP profile can be exported in the form of an XML file so that it can be added to another application, such as a course management system used at another university, that uses this specification.
To create a profile:
Click the 508 button near the bottom of the left navigation frame.
Click the 508 button.
Beneath the Create a Profile subheading, enter a name in the Profile Name text box, then click the Submit button just below.
Enter a Profile Name, then click Submit.
- Optionally enter a Profile Description, then click the Next button.
On the Accessibility Options screen, select the check box for each option you wish to specify. The following options are available:
- I would like to specify color and text preferences to enhance readability. This option allows you to specify font face, font size, background color, text color, and link color.
- I would like to specify color avoidance preferences. This option allows you to specify what color or color combinations, such as red-green, should be avoided if possible.
- I would like to specify screen reader settings. This option allows you to specify whether to display ANGEL in the default frames mode or in text-only mode. You can also specify screen reader preferences such as speech rate, pitch, and volume and the speaking of headers, numerals, and punctuation.
I would like to specify the URL of my personal stylesheet. If you have a style sheet in the form of .css file on the Web, this option allows you enter its URL to add the style sheet to ANGEL. If you do not have a style sheet on the Web, leave this option unchecked.
- Accessibility Options
- Click the Next button.
- The screens to follow depend on the accessibility options you selected. Each is described below. Click the Next button after completing the settings on each screen.
- When you have completed all settings, click the Finish button.
Note: In order to apply the profile you have created, you must activate it. For details, reference the Activate an Existing Profile to Display ANGEL in an Accessible Manner help topic.
Screen Enhancement settings
The Screen Enhancement screen displays if you selected I would like to specify color and text preferences to enhance readability.
In the Font Settings section, select a Font Face and Font Size using the pull-down menus. A preview of your selections displays to the right.
Note: The font size selected is the base size, not an absolute size; you will still be able use the view controls in your browser to render the text larger or smaller.
In the Color Settings section, you can either select a color scheme that is already set up from the Quick Picks, or else specify your own color scheme using the Background Color, Text Color, and Link Color pull-down menus. Clicking the other button next to each menu opens a pop-up window in which you can enter the 6 digit hex color, or hexadecimal code, for a specific color.
Note: To learn the hexadecimal code for a color, reference a site such as the Hex Hub at http://www.december.com/html/spec/color.html.
Color Avoidance settings
Select Yes from the pull-down menu next to each color or color combination option you wish to avoid. If you wish to use maximum contrast, select Yes from the pull-down menu next to Use Maximum Contrast.
Screen reader settings
If you select Yes for Optimize pages for screen readers, ANGEL will display in text-only mode, without frames.
If you use a screen reader such as JAWS, the screen reader settings allow you to set your preferences for speech rate, voice pitch, and volume and the speaking of headers, numerals, and punctuation.