Screen-reader and keyboard navigation
Our website implements the ARIA attributes (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) technique, alongside
various different behavioral changes, to ensure blind users visiting with screen-readers are able to
read, comprehend, and enjoy the website’s functions. As soon as a user with a screen-reader enters your
site, they immediately receive a prompt to enter the Screen-Reader Profile so they can browse and
operate your site effectively. Here’s how our website covers some of the most important screen-reader
requirements, alongside console screenshots of code examples:
- Screen-reader optimization: we run a background process that learns the website’s
components from top to bottom, to ensure ongoing compliance even when updating the website. In this
process, we provide screen-readers with meaningful data using the ARIA set of attributes. For example,
we provide accurate form labels; descriptions for actionable icons (social media icons, search icons,
cart icons, etc.); validation guidance for form inputs; element roles such as buttons, menus, modal
dialogues (popups), and others.
Additionally, the background process scans all of the website’s
images and provides an accurate and meaningful image-object-recognition-based description as an ALT
(alternate text) tag for images that are not described. It will also extract texts that are embedded
within the image, using an OCR (optical character recognition) technology. To turn on screen-reader
adjustments at any time, users need only to press the Alt+1 keyboard combination. Screen-reader users
also get automatic announcements to turn the Screen-reader mode on as soon as they enter the
These adjustments are compatible with all popular screen readers, including JAWS and NVDA.
- Keyboard navigation optimization: The background process also adjusts the website’s
This includes the ability to navigate the website using the Tab and Shift+Tab keys, operate dropdowns
with the arrow keys, close them with Esc, trigger buttons and links using the Enter key, navigate
between radio and checkbox elements using the arrow keys, and fill them in with the Spacebar or Enter
Additionally, keyboard users will find quick navigation and content-skip menus, available at
any time by clicking Alt+1, or as the first element of the site while navigating with the keyboard.
The background process also handles triggered popups by moving the keyboard focus towards them as soon
as they appear, and not allow the focus to drift
outside of it.
Users can also use shortcuts
such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to
Disability profiles supported on our website
- Epilepsy Safe Profile: this profile enables people with epilepsy to use the website
safely by eliminating the risk of seizures that result from flashing or blinking animations and risky
- Vision Impaired Profile: this profile adjusts the website so that it is accessible
to the majority of visual impairments such as Degrading Eyesight, Tunnel Vision, Cataract, Glaucoma,
- Cognitive Disability Profile: this profile provides various assistive features to
help users with cognitive disabilities such as Autism, Dyslexia, CVA, and others, to focus on the
essential elements more easily.
- ADHD Friendly Profile: this profile significantly reduces distractions and noise,
to help people with ADHD and Neurodevelopmental disorders browse, read, and focus on the essential
elements more easily.
- Blind Users Profile (Screen-readers): this profile adjusts the website to be
compatible with screen-readers such as JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, and TalkBack. A screen-reader is
installed on the blind user’s computer, and this site is compatible with it.
- Keyboard Navigation Profile (Motor-Impaired): this profile enables motor-impaired
persons to operate the website using the keyboard Tab, Shift+Tab, and the Enter keys. Users can also
use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to
jump to specific elements.
Additional UI, design, and readability adjustments
- Font adjustments – users can increase
and decrease its size, change its family (type), adjust the spacing, alignment, line height, and
- Color adjustments – users can select
various color contrast profiles such as light, dark, inverted, and monochrome. Additionally, users
can swap color schemes of titles, texts, and backgrounds, with over 7
different coloring options.
- Animations – epileptic users can stop all running
animations with the click of a button. Animations controlled by the interface include videos, GIFs,
and CSS flashing transitions.
- Content highlighting – users can
choose to emphasize important elements such as links and titles. They can also choose to highlight
focused or hovered elements only.
- Audio muting – users with hearing
devices may experience headaches or other issues due to automatic audio playing. This option lets
users mute the entire website instantly.
- Cognitive disorders – we utilize a
search engine that is linked to Wikipedia and Wiktionary, allowing people with cognitive disorders
to decipher meanings of phrases, initials, slang, and others.
- Additional functions – we provide users the option to change cursor color and size, use
a printing mode, enable a virtual keyboard, and many other functions.
Assistive technology and browser compatibility
We aim to support the widest array of browsers and assistive technologies as possible, so our users can
choose the best fitting tools for them, with as few limitations as possible. Therefore, we have worked
very hard to be able to support all major systems that comprise over 95% of the user market share
including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera and Microsoft Edge, JAWS, and NVDA (screen
readers), both for Windows and for MAC users.
Notes, comments, and feedback
Despite our very best efforts to allow anybody to adjust the website to their needs, there may still be
pages or sections that are not fully accessible, are in the process of becoming accessible, or are
lacking an adequate technological solution to make them accessible. Still, we are continually improving
our accessibility, adding, updating, and improving its options and features, and developing and adopting
new technologies. All this is meant to reach the optimal level of accessibility, following technological
advancements. If you have questions or comments regarding website accessibility,
please contact us.