Access chat

  1. From the Collaborate panel, navigate to the Chat tab panel.
  2. Spacebar or click Chat tab to open.

    Chat tab panel opens by default the first time you open the Collaborate panel.

  3. Locate the Chat heading with heading keyboard shortcuts, the Tab key, or visually.
  4. Continue to navigate the panel to find the following features:
    • Find someone to chat with autocomplete edit field
    • Everyone button

Collaborate Chat With Everyone With Assistive Technology


Chat with everyone

  1. Navigate to the Everyone button. If there are messages, there is a number before the button and the text is rendered as “# of messages, Latest message from [name] [message text].
  2. Spacebar or click Everyone button.
  3. A section with the heading Everyone opens. Focus is placed in the “Type a message and press Enter or Return to chat.” edit field with the placeholder text Say something.

Send a Chat Message With Assistive Technology


Send a chat message

  1. If focus is not automatically placed in the “Type a message and press Enter or Return to chat.” edit field with the placeholder text Say something, navigate to the edit field.
  2. Enter a chat message. You may add emoji symbols using emoji keyboard shortcuts.
  3. Press Enter to send the message.

Send an emoji

Navigate to the Select emoticon button and press Spacebar or click the button to open the emoji picker.

The emoji picker opens with focus in the Search for emojis edit field.

Navigate the picker to find the following features:

  • Categories: Use the Right and Left arrow buttons to move between categories.
    • Frequently Used
    • Smileys & People
    • Animals & Nature
    • Food & Drink
    • Activities
    • Travel & Places
    • Objects
    • Symbols
    • Flags
  • Search for emojis edit field
  • Select Skin tone button: Use the Down and Up arrow keys to move between skin tones.

  • Emojis: Use the arrow keys to move between emojis. Spacebar or click to use an emoji.

After you select an emoji, your focus returns to theType a message and press Enter or Return to chat.” edit field with the placeholder text Say something. Press Enter to send the emoji.

Collaborate Chat Emoji Keyboard Shortcuts


Emoji keyboard shortcuts

Collaborate uses common emoji keyboard shortcuts. This table lists the most often used. If you can't find the emoji you are looking for, use the Search for emoji edit field to find what you want.

Keyboard shortcuts for most frequently used emojis
Emoji Keyboard shortcuts
Smile with mouth closed

:)

:-)

:slight_smile:

Smile with mouth open

:D

:-D

:smiley:

Stuck out tongue

:p

:-)

:stuck_out_tongue:

Slight frown

:(

:-(

:disappointed:

Wink

;)

:-)

:wink:

Open mouth in surprise

:O

:-O

:open_mouth:

Confused

:/

:-/

:confused:

Cry

:'(

:'-(

:cry:

Angry

:@

:[email protected]

:angry:

Face with sunglasses

B)

B-)

:sunglasses:

Blush

:$

:-$

:blush:

Heart

<3

:heart:

Thumbs up

:y:

:+1:

:thumbsup:

Thumbs down

:n:

:-1:

:thumbsdown:

Clap
:clap:
Wave
:wave:

Chat history keyboard controls in Collaborate

Chat history

Use the keyboard controls at the top of the Chat panel to move between messages. The keyboard controls are only available after messages have been posted in Chat and are only available with keyboard navigation.

Chat history in Chrome, Firefox, JAWS, and NVDA

  1. From the “Type a message and press Enter or Return to chat.” edit field with the placeholder text Say something, Shift+Tab to open the chat navigation. Focus is placed on the Last chat message button.
  2. Shift+Tab to navigate to navigate to: 
    • Next chat message button
    • Previous chat message button
    • First chat message button
  3. Tab to navigate from First chat message button back to the Last chat message button.
  4. Spacebar on a chat message button to navigate to the related message. Keyboard focus remains on the Next and Previous buttons until the first chat message or last chat message in the thread is reached. Keyboard focus then moves to Previous chat message button if the last chat message was rendered or Next chat message if the first chat message was rendered.
  5. Tab to leave the chat message buttons and return to the “Type a message and press Enter or Return to chat.” edit field with the placeholder text Say something.

Chat history in Safari on a Mac

VoiceOver screen reader must be enabled to navigate the chat messages as the Tab key doesn't typically work in the Safari browser.

  1. From the “Type a message and press Enter or Return to chat.” edit field with the placeholder text Say something, Shift+Tab to open the chat navigation. Focus is placed on the Last chat message button.
  2. Use the VO key + Right Arrow navigate to navigate to: 
    • Next chat message button
    • Previous chat message button
    • First chat message button
  3. Use the VO key + Left Arrow to navigate from First chat message button back to the Last chat message button.
  4. Spacebar on a chat message button to navigate to the related message. Keyboard focus remains on the Next and Previous buttons until the first chat message or last chat message in the thread is reached. Keyboard focus then moves to Previous chat message button if the last chat message was rendered or Next chat message if the first chat message was rendered.
  5. Tab to leave the Chat message buttons and return to the “Type a message and press Enter or Return to chat.” edit field with the placeholder text Say something.

Navigate the Chat panel with voice commands

Dragon Naturally Speaking users can use the voice commands for standard navigation. For example, use “Scroll Down” and “Scroll Up” to see all the messages in the Chat panel.