Clarity PPM User Accessibility Features
We are committed to addressing user accessibility (Section 508) in the development of its products and documentation to help all customers accomplish vital business tasks.
Clarity PPMprovides user accessibility features including support for screen readers, high contrast mode, and keyboard shortcuts.
The following information applies to the classic user interface (Classic PPM) as seen on Windows and Apple computers. Java applications on other host operating systems might already have assistive technologies available to them. For these existing assistive technologies to provide access to programs written in JPL, they need a bridge between themselves in their native environments and the Java Accessibility support that is available in the Java virtual machine (or Java VM). This bridge has one end in the Java VM and the other on the native platform. Each bridged platform varies including JPL, Windows, and Apple OS.
Configure User Accessibility Options for Classic PPM
To enable accessibility options, contact your administrator. As an administrator, you can enable the UI optimization setting for screen readers for a specific user. You can also set their UI theme to
High Contrast. By default, these options are not activated for users.
Follow these steps:
- ClickAdministration,Organization and Access,Resources.
- Click the name of a resource.
- Select the appropriate Accessibility check boxes:
- Screen Reader Optimized UIDetermines whether the user interface is optimized so that a screen reader can better recognize the features. Select this check box for any visually impaired user who is using a screen reader. Verify that the screen reader software is running on the user's computer.
- High Contrast Color ModeDetermines whether a specific UI theme to assist color-deficient users is used. If selected, the user sees the High Contrast UI theme.
- Save your changes.
- If the user is logged in toClarity PPM, instruct the user to log out and log back in.
Configure User Accessibility Options for the New User Experience
Unlike Classic PPM user interface CSS themes, the new UX offers one standard new user interface color palette by design. Until the new ideation process can prioritize further color configurations as a feature that is more critical to develop relative to other features in even greater demand, administrators and users can make their own personal adjustments.
In Chrome, for example, you could add a
High Contrastextension, and then make more subtle color palette adjustments with the
Color Enhancerextension (valid extensions as of October 2018). The following animated GIF shows the default colors, an enhanced color contrast mode, and an inverse mode. The Color Enhancer would let you change a blue button to green. Other browser accessibility extensions, custom CSS, or personalized color changes at the browser or OS level can also change the appearance.
Note: Because these are third-party extensions, CA Support cannot provide you with troubleshooting information. Moreover, if an issue or conflict occurs, disabling the extension would likely be recommended to diagnose the problem.
Classic PPM Usability Enhancements Available in Release 15.5.1
In this release, the following enhancements identified by a gap assessment, are available:
- JAWS and other screen reader technologies can identify the expand or collapse state of user interface controls. A common example is the expandable filter section above list and chart portlets.
To increase visibility on your computer or device screen, you can adjust the following display options:
- Font style, color, and size of items:Defines font color, size, and other visual combinations.
- Screen resolution:Defines the pixel count to enlarge objects on the screen.
- Cursor width and blink rate:Defines the cursor width or blink rate, which makes the cursor easier to find or minimize its blinking.
- Icon size:Defines the size of icons. You can make icons larger for visibility or smaller for increased screen space.
- High contrast schemes:Defines color combinations. You can select colors that are easier to see.
Use sound as a visual alternative or to make computer events easier to distinguish. You can adjust the following options:
- Volume:Sets the computer sound volume up or down.
- Text-to-Speech:Sets the computer hear command and text read aloud options.
- Warnings:Defines visual warnings.
- Notices:Defines the aural or visual cues when accessibility features are turned on or off.
- Schemes:Associates computer sounds with specific system events.
- Captions:Displays captions for speech and sounds.
You can make the following keyboard adjustments:
- Repeat Rate:Defines how quickly a character repeats when a key is struck.
- Tones:Defines tones when pressing certain keys.
- Sticky Keys:Defines the modifier key, such as Shift, Ctrl, Alt, or the Windows Logo key, for shortcut key combinations. Sticky keys remain active until another key is pressed.
You can also save time by using keyboard shortcuts to invoke the most common supported commands.
Keyboard Shortcuts: Common to Most Pages
The following table shows the keyboard shortcuts for basic features available on most application pages:
Ctrl+Alt+B or Alt+Left Arrow
Keyboard Shortcuts: Actions
The following table shows keyboard shortcuts for actions on pages:
Activate a field editor (for example, a date picker).
Enter or Alt+Enter
Close a popup.
Esc or Shift+Esc
Open a tab menu.
Enter or Alt+Enter
Move left, right, up, or down in a menu.
Left Arrow or Alt+Up Arrow
Right Arrow or Alt+Down Arrow
Up Arrow or Alt+Up Arrow
Down Arrow or Alt+Down Arrow
Select a highlighted menu item.
Enter or Alt+Enter
Open a link in a list page.
Select or clear a check box.
Note: Focus must be on the check box.
Expand a hierarchical list.
Note: Focus must be on the + in the hierarchical list.
Keyboard Shortcuts: Lists
The following table shows the keyboard shortcuts for lists:
Switch between edit and display mode in a list.
Move from cell to cell through a list (grid).
Move to different areas within a list: portlet icons, column headers, body of list, buttons.
Switch to display mode.
Esc or Enter
Move left or right within a cell.
Move from cell to cell.
Move to the end of a row.
Note: If the action is on a TSV row, repeat the keyboard combination to leave the TSV section.
Move to the beginning of a row.
Page up or down.
Move to the top or bottom of a list.
Note: If the action is in a TSV cell, repeat the keyboard combination to leave the TSV section.
Open a drop-down list or a date selector.
Move through selection items in a drop-down.
Select a highlighted value in a drop-down or a date selector.
Highlight a date in a date selector.
Add a line in a long text area.
Keyboard Shortcuts: Time-Scaled Value Cells
The following table shows the keyboard shortcuts for time-scaled value cells in a list:
Select a TSV row.
Select a TSV column.
Select a single cell to the left or right of the current cell.
Select a single row above or below the current cell.
Cut a TSV cell.
Copy a TSV cell.
Paste a TSV cell.
Undo a cut, copy, or paste operation.
Copy from Excel and Paste to a TSV cell.
Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V
You can use the following options to make your mouse faster and easier to use:
- Click Speed:Defines how fast to click the mouse button to make a selection.
- Click Lock:Sets the mouse to highlight or drag without holding down the mouse button.
- Reverse Action:Sets the reverse function that is controlled by the left and right mouse keys.
- Blink Rate:Defines how fast the cursor blinks or if it blinks at all.
- Pointer Options:Allows you to set the following options:
- Hide the pointer while typing
- Show the location of the pointer
- Set the speed that the pointer moves on the screen
- Choose the pointer size and color for increased visibility
- Move the pointer to a default location in a dialog