Player controls and configurable settings

The Player utility can be enabled by clicking the Play button in the Ally+ Toolbar (vertical menu on right-hand side of web page).  In addition, pressing P on your keyboard will enable/disable the Player.  

First time users will be provided a walkthrough tutorial detailing their options for engaging with the Player.  This tutorial is also made available via the Settings Player menu.

The following controls are provided within the Player control bar:

Control Description Key Command
Play/Pause playback toggle When the Player is enabled, audio playback auto-starts. Click the Pause button to pause pause playback.  Clicking the Play button will resume playback.

Spacebar or

P to toggle Player on/off or Click X on Player Control Bar

Move to Previous/Next Item When the Player is enabled, the user may advance or rewind playback by skipping to next item (or audio segment or audio content block).  Click the Forward (right arrow) button to advance playback.  Clicking the Rwd (left arrow) button will take the user back to the previous blurb.  In addition, Click-to-Listen capabilities are built into the Player - simply click on any page element to drive focus to that element and to have the contents of that element read aloud.

Tab or Down Arrow to Advance

Shift+Tab or Up Arrow to Go Back

Increase/Decrease Playback Speed When the Player is enabled, the user may increase or decrease the playback speed.  Click the plus (+) sign to increase playback speed.  Clicking the minus (-) sign will decrease playback speed.

Great than sign (>)  to Increase Playback Speed

Less than sign (<) to Decrease Playback Speed

Additional general navigation controls include:

Control Description Key Command
Open/Explore Link When the Player is enabled, clicking links or pressing Enter (Return) on the keyboard will explore the link.  Once clicked, you may hear a clicking sound, which indicates "waiting" and that the new page is loading.

Spacebar or

P to toggle Player on/off

Skip Elements (Tables, Forms, iFrames, or Carousels) When the Player is enabled, tables, form, and carousels introduce a series of element-specific instructions and key commands.  As these elements are self-contained, they can be skipped, entirely, by clicking on other elements or by pressing Shift+Down to Skip and Shift+Up to go back to the previous element.

Shift+Down to skip to next element

Shift+Up to return to previous element

Increase/Decrease Playback Speed When the Player is enabled, the user may increase or decrease the playback speed.  Click the plus (+) sign to increase playback speed.  Clicking the minus (-) sign will decrease playback speed.

Great than sign (>)  to Increase Playback Speed

Less than sign (<) to Decrease Playback Speed

 

The following settings are provided within the Settings menu:

Feature Description Key Command
Arrow Key Typing

When enabled, Arrow Key Typing allows user to type within a form input field using the left, right, up, and down arrow keys.  Pressing up and down arrows cycles through letters, symbols, and capitalization.  Pressing the left and right arrows allows user to move to next/previous letter in the word being spelled.

A to toggle on/off

This feature is disabled by default

Letter by Letter Playback When the Player is enabled, the user may listen to the spelling of any word input within a form field, letter by letter.  Pressing the left arrow will read the previous letter within a word.  Press right to read the next letter.

L to toggle on/off

This feature is disabled by default

Keypress Announcement When enabled, Keypress Announcement allows the user to hear keys in real-time as they are pressed while entering text into a form input field.

J to toggle on/off

This feature is enabled by default

Highlight When enabled, Highlighting provides an Immersion Reading experience whereby words are highlighted as they are read aloud.  Highlighting appears with the Reader enabled or disabled. 

I to toggle on/off

This feature is disabled by default

Auto Play Auto Play consists of three options, Full, Minimal, and None.  The default state is Minimal. When set to None, the user must press the down arrow to advance audio playback from one item to the next.   Press 3 to cycle
Inline Help Inline Help consists of three options, Full, Minimal, and None.  The Default setting is Full, which provides context in relation to the element (e.g. Table: this table contains 3 rows and 4 columns) plus instructions on how to navigate (e.g. Use the arrow keys to read through the table. Press shift+down to skip).  The Minimal setting only includes element-specfiic instructions.  When set to None, verbal cues are not provided and the user must press the down arrow to advance audio playback from one item to the next.   Press 4 to cycle

With AudioEye, each assistive utility provided from within the Ally+ toolbar may be enabled independent of one another or in conjunction with one another.  Here are the options for enabling other tools, should they be made available within the Ally+ toolbar:

Assistive Tools and Ally+ Toolbar Menus Description Key Command
Reader The Reader is indicated by the Page Icon within the Ally+ Toolbar and allows users to enlarge the viewport, increase font sizes, change color contrast, highlight text as it is being read aloud, reduce clutter and distracting content, simplify and normalize the user interface (including complex site menus) and other features intended to optimize the user experience for customizing the visual display of the site in ways that allow users to personalize their user experience to meet their individual needs.

R to toggle Reader on/off

Voice The Voice utility is indicated by the Microphone Icon within the Ally+ Toolbar and allows site visitors to command the website user experience using basic and standardized verbal commands to engage and interact with the site.

V to toggle Voice on/off

Site Menu The Site Menu tool is represented by the Hamburger Menu icon and simplifies and optimizes the display of the different site menus.  Provides consistent, normalized, and easy-to-use visual interface to a  keyboard-friendly version of the different site navigation options.

N to toggle Site Menu on/off

Page Elements Menu The AudioEye Page Elements Menu is a "rotor-like" utility that provides lists of the common elements on the page such as Landmarks, Headers, Images and Forms. These lists provide easy keyboard focus access allowing users to quickly and efficiently navigate to different elements and areas within the webpage.

D to toggle Page Elements Menu on/off

Help Desk The Help Desk utility, available by clicking the Life Saver icon, is used for reporting accessibility related issues that are processed by AudioEye accessibility subject matter experts.

H to toggle Help Desk on/off

Certification AudioEye publishes a Certification Badge (icon) within the Ally+ Toolbar, which provides details outlining the WCAG 2.0/Section 508 conformance statement and the website owners commitment to accessibility.

B to toggle Certification on/off

Settings Clicking on the Cog Icon provides access to Ally+ Toolbar Settings

S to toggle Settings on/off

Help The Question Mark Icon provides access to a Help Menu related to the different Ally+ utilities that have been enabled for that site.

? to toggle Help on/off

Certain tools display modal display menus, which can be closed by clicking the 'X' Icon in the top right of the modal window.  The X key may also be used to close modal displays.  

When the Ally+ Toolbar and/or any combination of the available assistive tools have been enabled, clicking the 'X' button or pressing the Escape (Esc) key will Quit the AudioEye Ally+ Toolbar.  Pressing Spacebar will re-enable the Ally+ toolbar in the same state as previously accessed.

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