Accessibility and Buzz

Ryan Richins
  • Agilix team member
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Agilix is dedicated to making Buzz accessible and follows 508 and WCAG 2.0 standards in design and development. These efforts are documented in our VPAT and WCAG 2.0 AA statement.

Screen readers and Buzz

While many screen readers may work, Buzz supports the NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) screen reader. Users install this third-party software and use it to read the Buzz application.

On certain screens in Buzz, there are inline help items that users access by clicking on a question mark bubble.

Screen readers and Buzz

These items are not currently supported by screen readers. Users can access the text by selecting the Help tool in the Main Menu on the screen the bubble appears on, and reviewing the Accessibility notes box in the article that opens.

Buzz integrates with Texthelp's SpeechStream text-to-speech tool

The SpeechStream toolbar, from Texthelp, supports accessibility in a variety of ways, and Buzz makes it easy to integrate it.

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Annette Marchand

Apparently Buzz student app accommodates screen readers but could you explain what exactly that means? Is there a feature (icon/button) in buzz or does the student have to access a screen reader app from the web that is compatible with Buzz?

Thank you,


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Ryan Richins
  • Agilix team member

Hi Annettte, 

We support the NVDA screen reader. We've updated this article, and the link provides additional information about this screen reader and how it is used. 

Thanks for the question! Let us know if you need more information. 

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Michele Nickels

We have been reading about the integration of accessibility checkers into LMS for digital content, that includes suggestions for improvement.  Our understanding is that such a tool was built by the University of Central Florida to meet an existing need. Really great that it is embedded and (1) gets around the challenges related to authentication, and (2) appears to enable some improvements/recommendations aided by the tool.  Here is the link to UCF UDOIT tool:  It appears Canvas was inspired by this and it also using a similar tool too based of UDOIT:   

Wondering if we will see such a tool for use with digital content and Buzz?   Even when experts are developing content for accessibility it is easy to miss for example an alt tag and this would be great to help to identify those items.  It also would be very helpful for those really new or perhaps just adding a few items like course expectations, support resources etc. to have a tool to assist them in ensuring they are meeting accessibility items too.  Thanks for reviewing and your reply ahead of time.

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Scott Taylor

Hello Michele,

Thank you for your suggestion. We'll include this tool to the list of items to investigation for possible future utilization.

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Janet Carlson


    Is NVDA the only screen reader that is currently supported? What browser do you recommend using?

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Brian Williams
  • Agilix team member

Hello Janet!

NVDA is currently the only official supported screen reader. However, it is possible that other screen readers will work in the Buzz UI. 

According to NVDA's features page it lists popular browsers are supported including Google Chrome and Firefox. 

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Janet Carlson

Thank you!

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