Timer with Assistive Technology


Timer

After a moderator starts the timer, an alert occurs to provide screen reader users information on how much time they have. As the timer counts down it explicitly states when there is one minute, then 30 seconds left.

After the timer is finished, an alert visually appears in the top right corner of the page with the text “Time is up”. The timer button changes to the text “Done”, and screen reader users hear “Time is up”.

Timer Details

  1. To hear the timer count in real-time, go to the Timer: Active pop-up button.
  2. Spacebar or select Timer: Active pop-up button to open the Timer region.
    • Timer details open with the current time remaining in a big bold white number in MM:SS format. The total time appears in a smaller white font below, also in MM:SS format. 
    • Screen reader users hear “MM:SS remaining of MM:SS”.

After the timer region is open, it can't be closed until the time is up. At that point, go to the Done button. Spacebar or select Done button to remove the timer from the page, if the moderator doesn't.


Set a timer

  1. From the Share Content panel, go to the Timer button.
  2. Spacebar or select Timer button to open the Start Timer panel.
  3. Navigate the Start Timer panel to change the following features as needed:
    • Minutes required stepper/incremental text field
      • Field is auto-populated with 5. Use Delete or Backspace to clear the value then enter a new numeric value. Tab or select Seconds to exit the Minutes field
    • Seconds required stepper/incremental text field
      • Field is auto-populated with 0. Use Delete or Backspace to clear the value then enter a new numeric value. Tab or select the Timer description field that follows the Seconds field. Timer description edit field can have a maximum of 120 characters.
    • Timer counts select field with values down and up
    • Timer viewable by select field with values of Everyone and Moderators only.
  4. Go to Start button.
  5. Spacebar or select Start button to open the timer.
  6. Timer appears above the Share Audio and Share Video buttons in the main section. Screen reader users hear “Timer started, # minutes remaining”.

Pause timer

  1. Go to the Timer: Active pop-up button, visually displayed above the Share Audio and Share Video buttons as a counter with numbers either increasing or decreasing.
  2. Spacebar or select Timer: Active pop-up button to open the timer region.
    • Focus is placed on the Pause button and screen reader users hear “Pause button, Timer region”.
  3. Spacebar or select Pause button to pause the timer.
    • Timer pauses and screen reader users hear “Timer paused; Time remaining [MM:SS]”.
    • Timer region stays open and focus stays on the Resume button.

Resume timer

  1. When the timer is paused the timer region remains open. If focus isn't on the Resume button, go to the button.
  2. Spacebar or select Resume button
    • The timer resumes and screen reader users hear “Timer restarted; Time remaining [MM:SS]”.
    • Timer region remains open and focus stays on the Pause button.

Reset timer

You can only reset the timer after you pause the timer.

  1. Pause the timer to enable the Reset Timer button.
  2. Go to the Reset Timer button.
  3. Spacebar or select Reset Timer button.
    • Time is reset and focus is placed on the Pause button.
    • Screen reader users hear “Pause button”.

Timer settings

  1. Pause the timer to enable the Timer Settings button.
  2. Go to the Timer Settings button.
  3. Spacebar or select Timer Settings button.
    • Start Timer panel opens, and focus goes to the Start Timer heading.
  4. Follow the steps in Timer to modify the timer settings.
    • There are 2 slight differences to the Start Timer panel when Timer Settings button is activated.
      • Active Timer text, Paused text and Dismiss Timer button appear just below the Start Timer heading and screen reader users navigating the panel hear it as “Active Timer; Paused; Dismiss Timer button”
      • The notification “This overwrites the current timer” is added to bottom of the panel just above the Cancel button.

Dismiss timer

You can dismiss the timer from the timer region, timer settings, and Share content panel.

Timer region

  1. Pause the timer to enable the Dismiss Timer button.
  2. Go to the Dismiss Timer button.
  3. Spacebar or select Dismiss Timer button.
    • Timer region closes, and screen reader users hear “Timer cleared”.
    • Focus goes to the My Status and Settings pop-up button.

Timer settings

  1. Go to Timer Settings to open the Start Timer panel.
  2. Go to the Dismiss Timer button.
  3. Spacebar or select Dismiss Timer button.
    • Timer region closes, and screen reader users hear “Timer cleared”.
    • To reset focus, Tab to the Minutes stepper/increment field.

Share content

  1. Go to the Share Content panel.
  2. Go to the Dismiss Timer button.
  3. Spacebar or select Dismiss Timer button.
    • Timer region closes, and screen reader users hear “Timer cleared”.
    • To reset focus, Tab to the Breakout Groups button.

Hide/Show Timer

  1. In the main section of Collaborate, go to the Hide Timer Counter button, visually displayed as an eye.
  2. Spacebar or select Hide Timer Counter button.
    • Button icon changes, timer values are no longer visible, and screen reader users hear “Start Timer Counter button”.
  3. To show the timer, Spacebar or select the Show Timer Counter button, visually displayed as an eye with a line through it.
    • Button icon changes, timer values are visible, and screen reader users hear “Hide Timer Counter button”.