Features and Support for AT Users

Examples of unique Accessibility functionality in KLAS:

    • SuperTAB – much like when navigating a screen, you can ‘Tab’ through the fields to move about.  With KLAS’ SuperTAB feature, each user is able to set up a list of fields that are of interest on each screen.  The SuperTAB feature users to more efficiently get to the data-entry fields that use more often.  Originally developed to help users who are blind not have to press ‘TAB’ as much to quickly these fields, we have since found that ALL data-entry users are more efficient when utilizing this feature.
    • Accessibility watcher – Information can sometimes be very dense and difficult to navigate with AT software.  This is particularly true when information is presented in a table, grid, or browse.  At Keystone, we developed special tools to help screen readers provide the frame of reference for what information the cursor is currently on.  As you move from one column to another, KLAS has the AT software read the label and then the value.  As you move from one row to another, KLAS directs the AT software to read the row label, then the value.

    Descriptions of features for AT users:

    Feature

    Description

    Use of the user's color scheme
    • Many low vision users find that a customized color scheme works best for them.  KLAS takes advantage of their Microsoft Windows settings, allowing full use of their customized scheme.
    • For Microsoft Windows users who work succesively in multiple windows, KLAS supports the Active Window Border feature which clearly identifies which window is currently active.
    All commands are available via keyboard
    • Module navigation, database navigation, screen navigation and all system functions can be accomplished with keyboard commands.
    • Users can enter information and move on to the next task without taking their hands off the keyboard to use a mouse.
    • Because keyboard commands and keyboard shortcuts are integral to KLAS design, any user can take advantage of these features.
    All data on the screen is accessible
    • KLAS allows users who employ accessibility software that magnifies the contents of the screen, speaks the screen information, or presents it on a refreshable Braille display to [Tab] into each field where data is displayed, even if the field is disabled.
    • To protect the data from accidental over typing, all screen fields are temporarily disabled by default until the user enters ‘Update mode’.
    • Since users can position the cursor into disabled fields, they are also able to highlight text and use standard copy commands.
    Super TAB
    • The KLAS "SuperTAB" feature allows individual users to specify screen fields that they use frequently.  Pressing [F12] moves their cursor directly to the SuperTAB field.
    • Multiple SuperTABs can be set per screen, allowing the user to move quickly from one non-adjacent field to another when completing a routine task.
    • Pressing [Tab] in between SuperTAB fields still allows access to any field on the screen.
    • SuperTABs help streamline routine data entry tasks and facilitate quick review of specific fields within a database record.
    Awareness of JAWS and other screen-readers
    • In addition to features built into KLAS, Keystone has developed scripts and settings files for various AT applications to help users make full use of their AT package with KLAS.
    • As users upgrade their accessibility software, Keystone works with them to resolve any resulting issues promptly and to ensure that KLAS allows them to take advantage of new AT features.
    AT user support
    • Knowledgeable support for AT users is a cornerstone of Keystone's Customer Support services.
    • We work directly with the AT users themselves to provide the support they need to accomplish their job requirements.

    For more detailed information, we encourage you to review the voluntary product accesibility templates for KLAS v7.4 - Staff Functions and KLAS v7.4 - WebOPAC.

    Training for staff members who use AT

        Keystone's developers have written custom scripts to help AT software better interact with KLAS.  We  know that everyone works with information a little differently.  As part of our service, we provide training for library staff that use AT during which we tailor the scripts to provide exactly the information that a user needs to be able to perform their duties as efficiently and effectively as possible.