Using Screen Readers
Users with vision impairments may find screen-reader software such as JAWS and Window-Eyes helpful. These applications can read the HTML portions of the site to you, including the Announcements and Results pages, lists of available assignments, study guides and solution manuals. They also work with PDF online and multimedia versions of our textbooks.
Your MyLab player supports multiple-choice questions in JAWS. Answering and interacting with the questions requires specific keystroke combinations in JAWS. We are releasing this player because it offers substantial improvements for students using our product with JAWS, and we want customers to provide feedback so that we can improve the accessibility of our MyLab products.
Several notes on using your MyLab product with screen readers:
- Enhancements to the assignment manager now allow you to easily identify accessible questions. For textbooks with a copyright of 2012 or later, such questions have the accompanying icon (or, if the icon doesn't display, the alternative text, "Question is screen reader accessible"). By special request, we can provide identification of accessible questions in older textbooks.
- The questions in homework, quizzes, tests and the Study Plan use Adobe Flash and require JAWS version 12 to support selected multiple-choice and free response questions.
JAWS Version 12
To see how your MyLab product interacts with JAWS 12, watch the videos of our companion product, MyMathLab, below. First, a couple of notes on the videos:
- To demonstrate the capabilites of our MyLab products, JAWS does a complete reading of the pages. Most users set JAWS to a less verbose mode, however.
- The version of MyMathLab in the videos is an older one that required custom scripts. Our summer 2011 release supports JAWS 12 and no longer needs these scripts.
JAWS 12 is not compatible with:
- questions that require creating a graph, plotting on a number line, or reading a visual display such as a graph or table;
- writing questions that require tagging words or phrases in a paragraph or writing an essay.
QuickStart and Known Issues
For help getting started, see QuickStart Instructions for Using MyLab Products with JAWS 12. Additional information is available in student support.
Some known issues that we are working on for future releases are:
- JAWS may not read the following items correctly: decimal numbers, fractions (for example, it may read 2/8 as two dash eight), summation symbols, superscript and subscript;
- JAWS may not read expressions in one line.