Office 365 - Accessibility of Office 365 Video

Last Updated: 04/20/2017

Accessibility Considerations

Office 365 Video works online, in the browser. Most keyboard shortcuts and other accessibility features that are standard with web browsers work with Office 365 Video. Office 365 Video provides Web Accessibility Initiative-Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) support for assistive technologies. If you use an assistive technology such as a screen reader or speech recognition software, you will have the best experience in Office 365 Video if the assistive technology that you use supports WAI-ARIA. 

Alternatives and/or Workarounds

Office 365 Video has undergone Accessibility testing on campus and the following alternatives/workarounds have been noted.  We have also submitted feedback to Microsoft on these exceptions to Accessibility in order to improve Office 365 Video Accessibility. When using Office 365 Video, keep the following alternatives or workarounds in mind: 

  • On the Videos home page, the primary sections are defined - and read by the NVDA and JAWS screen readers - as “regions.” instead of headers. Because the videos are now in a list within the regions, navigating with a screen reader requires reading through every item on the page (i.e., every video and all of the information associated with each video) to get to the desired section and video (unless the user happens to know the precise section name or video title). If the page included headings, the user could ask the screen reader to jump from heading to heading, speeding up the search for the desired section of videos. 
  • The Channels listing page has no page title nor headings. When the page loads, without defined headings to help describe the location, purpose, and organization of the page, the screen reader user is lacking critical information for identifying and understanding the page they have landed on.  
  • NVDA focus lands in the combo box and reads “combo box collapsed”  
  • JAWS focus lands on the navigation bar and makes a “pop” noise so the user knows there is a forms field on the page. (When the forms indicator is sounded, users typically jump straight to the forms field.) By landing directly in the combo box, the screen reader skips over the “Select a channel…” instructions (defined as a Level 1 Heading). Because the combo box itself does not have a label telling the screen reader user that the combo box is to be used to select the channel for the video, the user does not know what is required in this field. 

Information for Content Consumers

Using Screen Readers

Here are some tips for using various screen readers in Office 365 Video 

  • JAWS: Press Insert+Z to turn off Virtual PC cursor mode.

Keyboard shortcuts and other Accessibility guidelines

Links to vendor webpages, VPATs, etc. 

Get Help or Provide Feedback

OIT has partnered with Disability Services to provide assistance for accessibility issues related to OIT supported services and we want to hear from you about this service. If you need assistance using this service or you have more information about the accessibility of this service that we should share with others, please contact the IT Service Center at help@colorado.edu or at 303-735-4357 (5-HELP from an on-campus phone)