SharePoint Accessibility and Usability Information

This document summarizes the accessibility and usability barriers identified in Microsoft SharePoint during testing, and how to get help.

SharePoint is a Microsoft file storage application available to UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff. 

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Accessibility & usability barriers 

The following information is provided to help people with disabilities know what potential barriers may exist within SharePoint.

Some keyboard navigation barriers may be difficult for people with vision or motor disabilities

Some functionality is not reachable via keyboard navigation, for example when selecting items within the Recycle Bin page. 

Magnification and interface barriers may be difficult for people with low vision

Some pages do not reflow when the page is magnified 200-400%, making it difficult for users with low vision who need to increase magnification for readability. When magnified, users are forced to horizontally scroll (scroll left and right) to see all page content instead of reflowing appropriately to the screen view.

Some screen reader barriers may be difficult for people with vision disabilities

Content has skipped heading levels, which makes it difficult for users with visual disabilities to navigate via a screen reader or other assistive technologies. For instance, the heading on the Documents page is listed as an h2, and the subhead is listed as an h1.

The number of items in a section of the Documents page is not announced correctly, which can confuse users who are blind or have low vision and navigate via screen reader or other assistive technology. Similarly, content is not included in all of the table cells in the Pages section, which is confusing for some users.

Additionally, screen reader users cannot access images while adding a news item from the Home page.

Color contrast barriers may be difficult for people with color blindness

Some focus indicators and buttons on the Documents page have low color contrast and may be difficult for some users to navigate and read if they have low vision or color blindness. 

KeywordsSharePoint, collaboration software, instructional technology, cloud file storage, accessibility, usability, Microsoft, 365   Doc ID107386
OwnerLeah B.GroupIT Accessibility and Usability
Created2020-11-24 15:53:36Updated2024-05-08 10:24:58
SitesDoIT Help Desk, IT Accessibility and Usability, Microsoft 365
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