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Accessibility and Buzz

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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.

Student Accommodations and IEPs

Admins can set up specific Accommodations and IEPs for students, and teachers can review them.

Screen readers and Buzz

While other screen readers may work, Buzz is optimized for the NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) screen reader used with the Mozilla Firefox browser. NVDA can be used with other supported browsers, but we recommend using Firefox for the best user experience. Users install this third-party software and use it to read the Buzz application.

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.

How to use Buzz with your keyboard

Buzz's rich text editor keyboard shortcuts

Buzz supports the following rich text editor keyboard shortcuts.

Navigation:

  • ALT + F10: Focus the editor's toolbar
  • ESC: Return focus to the previous position
  • TAB/Arrows: Navigate left/right through the toolbar

Common actions

  • Ctrl + C or ⌘ Cmd + C: Copies selection from the editor to the clipboard
  • Ctrl + X or ⌘ Cmd + X: Cuts selection from the editor to the clipboard
  • Ctrl + V or ⌘ Cmd + V: Pastes from clipboard
  • Ctrl + Z or ⌘ Cmd + Z: Undo
  • Ctrl + Y or ⌘ Cmd + Y: Redo

Basic formatting

  • Ctrl + A or ⌘ Cmd + A: Selects all text in the editor
  • Ctrl + B or ⌘ Cmd + B: Bold
  • Ctrl + I or ⌘ Cmd + I: Italic
  • Ctrl + U or ⌘ Cmd + U: Underline
  • Ctrl + S or ⌘ Cmd + S: Strikethrough
  • Ctrl + ] or ⌘ Cmd + ]: Indents the current paragraph
  • Ctrl + [ or ⌘ Cmd + [: Outdents the current paragraph

Image/Video

  • Ctrl + + or ⌘ Cmd + +: Resizes larger the current selected image or video
  • Ctrl + - or ⌘ Cmd + -: Resizes smaller the current selected image or video

Tables

  • Ctrl + Alt + Space: Selects table cell where the cursor pointer is
  • Shift + Left / Right arrow: Extends table cell selection with one cell to the left or right
  • Shift + Up / Down arrow: Extends table cell selection with one cell up or down

Users can also access this guide in Buzz by tabbing into the rich text editor and selecting the View keyboard shortcuts button that appears.

Assessment question keyboard shortcuts

Assessment questions that require drag and drop interactions have their own keyboard shortcuts. Some questions are known exceptions.

Order drag and drop question keyboard shortcuts

With Order drag and drop questions, use the arrow keys to navigate to an item. Press space to grab the item, and then use arrow keys to drag a grabbed item up or down/right or left in the list. Press space to drop a grabbed item.

Navigation

  • Up arrow / Left arrow: Navigate up/left or drag item up/left
  • Down arrow / Right arrow: Navigate down/right or drag item down/right

Drag and drop

  • Space: Grab item / Drop item
  • Enter / Return: Drop item
  • Escape: Cancel reorder

Users can access this guide in Buzz by tabbing into the question and selecting the Order question keyboard shortcuts button that appears.

Matching drag and drop keyboard shortcuts

Use arrow keys to navigate between answers. Press tab when on an answer to navigate to the choices list. Use arrow keys to navigate to a choice. Press space to grab a choice and drop it in the selected answer. Press shift+tab to navigate from the choices list to answers.

Navigation

  • Up arrow / Left arrow: Navigate up
  • Down arrow / Right arrow: Navigate down
  • Tab: Navigate to the choices list when on answers
  • Shift+Tab: Navigate to answers when in the choices list

Drag and drop

  • Space / Enter / Return: Grab and drop selected choice

Users can access this guide in Buzz by tabbing into the question and selecting the Matching question keyboard shortcuts button that appears.

QuickNav easy navigation

The QuickNav tool allows users to use the keyboard to quickly navigate to any screen in Buzz from wherever you are in the application, including activities!

  • Teachers and students can jump to enrollments and activities, or click on any of the screens listed to jump to them.
  • Admins can search by ID, domain name, course name, or user name and jump to the desired screen, or click on any of the screens listed and jump to them.

How do I use QuickNav easy navigation?

Known exceptions

Note: Some assessment interactions use graphics in a way that are not accessible for users who require keyboard-only access or screen readers. Where this is the case, the following message is given to authors:  

Graphic questions are not accessible for users who require keyboard-only access or screen readers.

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