Accommodation Solutions Online

Content Not Pointer Dependent

Content that is accessible without a pointer device allows keyboard access to all program functions and features without out the use of a pointing device, such as a mouse or track pad.

Because the use of a pointing device requires the user to see and manipulate an on-screen cursor, students with visual impairments, tracking difficulties, or fine motor skill deficiencies may have difficulties using pointer devices such as a mouse or a track pad. In order for students to be able to access content, user interface elements such as image maps, sliders, and flash applications will need to have to alternatives that can be activated by a keyboard or equivalent device.

Responsibilities


Student

It is the responsibility of the student to notify the services for students with disabilities office, prior to the start of the term, if they will need content that is accessible without a pointer device. Students should also alert the faculty or the services for students with disabilities office if there are any problems accessing content.

Faculty

Faculty are responsible for providing class content in a format that is accessible without the use of a pointer device. Faculty should contact the services for students with disabilities office if there are problems with making class content accessible.

Administration

It is the responsibility of the services for students with disabilities office to notify faculty of the student's right to accessible content, and to provide adequate information and resources for faculty so they can provide accessible content.

Resources

Related Functional Characteristics

Motor Skill (Fine) : Internet or computer content should be accessible through keyboard navigation because students with fine motor difficulties may be have trouble using pointer devices (eg. mice or track pads)

Visual Tracking Problem : Internet or computer content should be accessible through keyboard navigation because students with visual tracking problems may have difficulty with following a cursor on the screen.

Low Vision : Keyboard navigation may be easier for students with low vision if they have difficulties seeing and following the cursor and the screen.

Blindness : Students who are blind are unable to use pointer devices, and must rely on keyboard navigation to access the internet or computer content.

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