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EBSCO eBook Accessibility Guide

Last Updated: August 2018

EBSCO eBooks strives to make our content accessible to all users. EBSCO is currently targeting WGAC (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) 2.0 level AA.

Accessibility Information by User Type

Information for Blind Users

We test our interface and content with the following screen reader/browser combinations:

  • JAWS + Internet Explorer 11
  • NVDA + Firefox

Other accessibility functions such as keyboard operability, color contrast, etc. are tested in all browsers.

Recommended screen reader and browser combinations for EBSCO eBooks

The recommended screen reader and browser combinations are as follows:

  • Desktop: Internet Explorer 11 + JAWS
  • Desktop: Firefox (latest) + NVDA
  • Desktop: Safari (latest) + VoiceOver
  • Mobile Apple devices: Safari + VoiceOver
  • Mobile Android devices: Chrome + TalkBack

See screen reader navigation guide for more information about using EBSCO eBooks with a screen reader

Information for Low Vision Users

  • EBSCO interfaces have a responsive design that allows users with vision impairments to zoom in up to 200% without loss of functionality
  • EBSCO’s company-wide design standards include requirements for minimum color contrast
  • EBSCO’s eBook viewer has been tested with color inversion tools
  • The online book viewer for EBSCO eBooks allows users to Zoom content in further than 200%. EPUB content is “reflowable” (meaning it adjusts to the screen size/zoom level) and works particularly well for users with vision impairments
  • EBSCO’s eBook viewer has been tested with screen magnifiers such as ZoomText and MAGic

Information for Color Vision-Impaired Users

  • EBSCO’s company-wide design standards include requirements for minimum color contrast, including for color vision impairments
  • EBSCO eBooks’ software development process uses tools to validate color contrast

Information for users with vision who rely on the keyboard

EBSCO eBooks contains a Skip to Main Content link at the top of the ebook viewer page, which allows keyboard users to skip redundant navigation links. To access this, use the tab key from the top of the page. The Skip to Main Content link will come into view. Activating this link sends focus to the ebook viewer region, where a keyboard user can scroll content with the down arrows or easily reach the page navigation tools with the tab key.

Skip to main content link in EBSCO eBooks viewer

Information for Users with Dyslexia

  • EBSCO interfaces use web fonts that are known to work well for dyslexic users
  • EBSCO eBooks works in a limited capacity with Text to Speech tools. Known limitations exist for books with copy/paste restricted by the publisher, where the Text to Speech tool requires selecting text. There are also known limitations with DRM-protected content. DRM readers such as Adobe Digital Editions may not work well with Text to Speech tools when content is downloaded
  • Downloaded Books in EPUB format allow for changing fonts (using third party tools) that are optimized for dyslexia

Information for Deaf Users

  • EBSCO eBooks does not contain audio or video content so deaf users have access to the full range of content included in any EBSCO eBook

eBook formats

EBSCO's online reader provides books in two formats, PDF and EPUB. Many books are available in both formats, while others are available only in one format.

  • PDF format books have distinct pages, which allow for page-level citations. They have a fixed page size that may not work well on all devices or screen sizes/zoom levels.

  • EPUB books automatically resize to fit your screen, and are composed of HTML. This format works well with screen readers. Many EPUBs contain heading levels that can be used to navigate within the content.

Books may also be downloaded in PDF and EPUB format:

  • Most full book downloads require Adobe Digital Editions reader. These files have the .acsm extension. DRM-free downloads can be read using any PDF or EPUB reader. DRM-free files have the extension .pdf or .epub
  • Partial book downloads (pages, chapters) may be read using any PDF reader tool

 

Navigating eBooks with screen readers

The tables below contain information about navigating the EBSCO eBook full text online viewer with desktop and mobile screen readers. For more information about searching and browsing in EBSCOhost, see the main accessibility navigation guide.

How to navigate eBook content using screen readers in various desktop browsers
How do I.. JAWS and IE11 Steps NVDA and Firefox Steps VoiceOver (Mas OS) and Safari Steps
Jump to Full Text - PDF & EPUB From the top of the page, use tab key or down arrow to find the "Skip to Main Content" link. This is the first link in the page. From the top of the page, use tab key or down arrow to find the "Skip to Main Content" link. This is the first link in the page. From the top of the page, use tab key or VO(Ctrl + Option) + down arrow to find the "Skip to Main Content" link. This is the first link in the page.
Start reading aloud - PDF & EPUB After reaching the Main Content heading, use the down arrow or JAWS (insert) + down arrow to read the text After reaching the Main Content heading, use the down arrow or NVDA (insert) + down arrow to read the text After reaching the Main Content heading, use the right arrow or VO (ctrl + option) + A key to read the text.
Move to next or previous page - PDF From the main content area, use the tab key or down arrow to reach the next and previous page buttons. These are immediately after the main content. From the main content area, use the tab key or down arrow to reach the next and previous page buttons. These are immediately after the main content. From the main content area, use the tab key or VO (Ctrl + Option) down arrow to reach the next and previous page buttons. These are immediately after the main content.
Move to next chapter - EPUB From the main content area, use the tab key or down arrow to reach the next and previous chapter buttons. These are immediately after the main content. From the main content area, use the tab key or down arrow to reach the next and previous chapter buttons. These are immediately after the main content. From the main content area, use the tab key or VO (Ctrl + Option) down arrow to reach the next and previous chapter buttons. These are immediately after the main content.
Download Full Book Use the b key to find the Download button. Depending on the book rights, you may need to sign in and use a special reader such as Adobe Digital Editions. Use the b key to find the Download button. Depending on the book rights, you may need to sign in and use a special reader such as Adobe Digital Editions. Use VO (ctrl + option) + command + H to find "Tools" heading. "Download" is the last item in the tools list and can be reached with the tab key. Depending on the book rights, you may need to sign in and use a special reader such as Adobe Digital Editions.
Search within ebook Use h key to find h3 Search Within heading or h2 "Left Tab" heading. Use h key to find h3 Search Within heading Use VO (ctrl + option) + command + H to find the "Search Within"  heading.
Table of Contents (Chapter List) Use h key to find h3 Table Of Contents Chapter heading or h2 "Left Tab" heading Use h key to find h3 Table Of Contents Chapter heading. Use VO (ctrl + option) + command + H to find the "Contents" heading.
Download Chapter Find the Table of Contents using h3 heading. Each chapter link in the Table of Contents has a Download Chapter button adjacent to the chapter link. Find the Table of Contents using h3 heading. Each chapter link in the Table of Contents has a Download Chapter button adjacent to the chapter link. Find the Table of Contents using h3 heading. Each chapter link in the Table of Contents has a Download Chapter button adjacent to the chapter link.
Cite, Print, Export Tools Use h key to find h2 heading "Tools" Use h key to find h2 heading "Tools" Use VO (ctrl + option) + command + H to find "Tools" heading.

 

How to navigate eBook content using screen readers on mobile devices
How do I.. VoiceOVer (iOS) and Safari Steps Talkback (Android) and Chrome Steps
Jump to Full Text - PDF & EPUB Swipe down to "links." After this is selected, swipe right to the first link "Skip to Main Content." Double tap to activate. Use the rotor (Two finger twist clockwise) to select "links." After this is selected, swipe right to the first link "Skip to Main Content." Double tap to activate.
Start reading aloud - PDF & EPUB Once you are in the main landmark region, swipe down to "default." Swipe right to read blocks of content. Once you are in the main content heading, swipe down with two fingers
Move to next or previous page - PDF Swipe down to "controls." Swipe right until you reach Next or Previous Page buttons. Use the rotor (Two finger twist clockwise) to select "form controls." Swipe down until you reach "go to next page button" or "go to previous page button"
Move to next chapter - EPUB Swipe down to "controls." Swipe right until you reach Next or Previous Chapter buttons. Use the rotor (Two finger twist clockwise) to select "form controls." Swipe down until you reach "go to next chapter button" or "go to previous chapter button"
Download Full Book Swipe down to "controls." Swipe right or left (depending on where you are in the page) until you reach Download button. Depending on the book rights, you may need to sign in and use a special reader such as Adobe Digital Editions. Use the rotor (Two finger twist clockwise) to select "form controls." Swipe down or up until you reach "Download button."  Depending on the book rights, you may need to sign in and use a special reader such as Adobe Digital Editions.
Search within ebook Swipe down to "controls." Swipe right until you hear the book title + tap to activate. After tapping to activate, swipe right until you hear "Search Within tab." Tap and swipe right until you reach the search box. Use the rotor (Two finger twist clockwise) to select "headings." Swipe down until you hear the book title and "heading level 2." Double tap to open this control. Swipe right until you hear "Search within tab two of three." Double tap to open. Use the rotor (two finger twist clockwise) to select "form controls." Swipe down until you reach the search this ebook box.
Table of Contents (Chapter List) Swipe down to "controls." Swipe right until you hear the book title + tap to activate. After tapping to activate, swipe right until you hear "Contents tab." Tap and swipe right until you reach the contents list of links. Use the rotor (Two finger twist clockwise) to select "headings." Swipe down until you hear the book title and "heading level 2." Double tap to open this control. Swipe right until you hear "Contents tab one of three." Double tap to open. Use the rotor (two finger twist clockwise) to select "lines" Swipe down until you reach the contents links. 
Download Chapter Follow the instructions for Table of Contents. Each contents link has a Download Chapter button adjacent to it. Follow the instructions for the Table of Contents. Use the rotor (Two finger twist clockwise) to select "form controls." Each chapter has a button to download the chapter.
Cite, Print, Export Tools Swipe down to "headings & landmarks." Swipe right until you reach Tools heading. Use the rotor (Two finger twist clockwise) to select "headings." Swipe down until you reach the Tools level 2 heading.