Using a 3rd-party text-to-speech screen reader in the online ebrary interface

 Officially supported/certified by ebrary:
  • JAWS 15 on IE 11
  • VoiceOver on Safari (latest versions)

Not yet certified

  • NVDA, but works fairly smoothly
  • Firefox (accessibility issues in latest version)
  • Chrome (it provides low support for screen readers)
  • Non-keyboard input (e.g. gesture or voice)

ebrary “accessibility” mode is supported on computers (both desktop and laptop), but not on tablets or mobile devices.

Accessibility mode can be turned on and off in the following ways:

  • Using a screen reader in the patron interface
  • By contacting
The following areas of the ebrary interface are screen-reader accessible:
  • Global navigation
  • Remote authentication
  • ebrary Detail Page
  • Reader features and functions
  • Help (for Detail Page and Reader only)
  • Session timeout
  • Special characters and equations don’t always render the same as in standard ebook (due to plain-text translation of ebook content)
  • Session timeout is 20 hours in accessibility mode (rather than 1 hour)
  • Instructions to turn accessibility on/off are read only when navigating to Detail Page or Reader using keyboard, or going to URL directly (but not when using mouse)
  • Selected radio button and checkbox is not being read on IE (reads in Safari)
  • Certain instructions are read twice on IE (reads once on Safari)
  • Toolbar is re-read after patron activates Share Link or Cite on IE (not re-read on Safari)
  • Certain elements are read as clickable in VoiceOver when they are not (known issue with Safari)

For JAWS-specific tips, see: