2.5 Using Accessibility Features in LabArchives
Posted by Paul Cremin on 19 April 2018 12:32 PM

To maximize the accessibility features of LabArchives, we have the following recommendations.

Recommended Browsers

  • Firefox on Windows
  • Safari on Mac

Enable Accessibility Mode

After creating your account and logging into LabArchives, navigate to your name in the header to expand a drop-down menu that includes “Enable Accessibility Mode” and click on this.


This mode presents several features in a way that makes it easier to read, navigate, and access via screen readers and keyboard navigation.

Navigation tips for Select Entry Types

Plain Text

We strongly recommend using the Plain Text entry for adding text to a page as it is the most straightforward tool available for the purpose. When you click on the Plain Text entry from the entry menu, the focus will go to the plain text area. Shift+Tab will take you out of edit to Cancel and then Shift+Tab again to the Save to Page button. You must click on (or activate with Enter or Space) Save to Page to save changes to the entry.
Rich Text Entry

When a Rich Text Entry is in edit mode, the cursor will go immediately to the text area.

  • Alt+0 (zero) will bring up a help dialog explaining the accessibility features of the rich text editor (dismiss the help with Esc or clicking Cancel).
  • Alt+F10 will switch focus from the text area to the toolbar. The toolbar is composed of several toolbar groups.
  • Right Arrow and Left Arrow will move between individual buttons within a given toolbar group, and hitting tab cycles through the available toolbar groups.
  • Enter and Space both works to activate an individual button on the toolbar.
  • Esc puts the focus back to the editing area without executing any toolbar function.
  • Shift+Tab will take you out of the text edit area to the Cancel and Save to Page buttons.


When a Heading Entry is in edit mode, the cursor will go immediately to the heading edit box; you can enter and change text until you get the heading as you want it. When you are done editing a heading, use Shift+Tab to exit the edit field to select Cancel or Save to Page buttons.

Third-Party Tool Exceptions

LabArchives integrates with tools that are owned and developed by other parties. Therefore, we cannot control the accessibility features of those tools. Such tools that are known exceptions to accessibility compliance:

  • Thinkfree Office document editor
  • Chem Doodle (Chemical Sketch)
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