Screen Reader Support

NAB Connect currently supports the following combinations of JAWS and Internet Explorer:

  • JAWS 14when used with Internet Explorer 9/10.
  • JAWS 15 when used with Internet Explorer9/10.

NOTE: Other screenreader and browser combinations may also work.

Drop-down lists

NAB Connect uses special drop-down lists throughout the site. We have tried to ensure that the user experience is the best possible for all users of the site. We do however recognise that the drop-downs used within NAB Connect differ to the standard drop-down used on other pages. If a screen reader is used, these drop-downs will read like regular text fields with the selected value as the value of the text field. If you wait for a little while the screen reader will also describe how to use the drop-down. Below is a list of instructions on how to use these special drop down-lists or comboboxes:

  • To modify the value and open up a section list you can either start typing in the value you want or press the ENTER key. 
  • If you start typing in your choice you will be reducing the list based on the characters you have typed in. 
  • You can now make a selection of the matching results by using the UP and DOWN arrow keys. 
  • If no text is entered then the full list is displayed. 
  • At the point of wanting to make a selection of the current highlighted element and press the ENTER key. 
  • In some cases you will need to enter in at least a certain amount of characters before any list appears. 

Menus & Button Groups

NAB Connect uses drop-down menus for navigation and for grouping common action buttons.

Menus and buttons which can be expanded will read ‘-expand’. The items can be expanded by pressing ENTER on your keyboard.

Pop Ups & Overlay Windows

NAB Connect popup windows for conveying further information. In order to make these more accessible, screen reader users will hear the following messages:

When... Reads out...
A new popup window is opened Popup opened
An existing popup window is closed Popup closed
You try to navigate past the top of the popup window Beginning of popup
You try to navigate past the bottom of the popup window End of popup

More Options / Less Options Buttons

NAB Connect uses a 'More options' / 'Less options' button to show and hide more granular options within certain pages.

When you click on ‘More options’ the hidden options will appear above. In this instance screen reader users will need to navigate backwards through the page to use the newly visible fields.

Clicking on ‘Less options’ will hide the extra fields. Focus will remain on the button.

Information Tool Tips

NAB Connect uses tooltips throughout the site for showing more detailed information about some options. To display this information, navigate to the tooltip and then press ENTER to expand. These will generally be links that contain the statement “More Information” in them.

Error Messages

The error messages are usually located under the main heading of the page. All error messages will be read out by screen readers with the following text prepended to the error message: “Error Message:”. When an error is presented, focus will be set to just above the error message.

Warning & Confirmation Messages

As with the error messages, if there are any warning messages or confirmation messages these messages will automatically be read out by the screen reader and focus will be set to above the message. All warning messages will be read out by screen readers with the following text prepended to the error message: “Warning Message” and “Confirmation Message:” for confirmation messages.


In NAB Connect there are two types of tables; standard style tables which are self explanatory and more complex style tables. 

The more complex style tables will have instructions as you enter them if they are required. To sort the complex table the instructions are: "Sorting function - click headers in this table to sort table below".

Some complex tables contain columns with either radio buttons or check boxes which allow you to select the entire row. They will describe the column data in the format: "Column heading X: column data, Column Heading X: column data" using as many column heading/data combinations required to uniquely describe the row contents.