Accessibility toolbar screenshot
Thursday, February 13, 2020 Charleston County Library

LANDOVER, Md. - For patrons who use rbDigital to download ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, or watch movies and TV shows for free with their Charleston County Public Library card, the service has been enhanced to support the latest WCAG 2.1 web accessibility standards. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 defines how to make Web content more accessible to people with disabilities. Accessibility involves a wide range of disabilities, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, language, learning, and neurological disabilities.

Now users with visual or cognitive challenges can make use of a new visual toolkit that replaced the "reader" in the built-in toolbar.

The accessibility enhancement includes: 

  • Big Cursor enlarges the cursor display for ease of tracking and improves usability for low-vision users. 
  • Reading Guide enhances focus and improves reading comprehension by creating a horizontal line controlled by the cursor position—similar to using your bookmark to underline sentences as you read.
  • Emphasize enhances focus and improves reading comprehension by blurring out the majority of the page view as controlled by the cursor position. Users can focus on just one line of text at a time.
  • Contrast improves readability—especially for users with color blindness. Users can choose the contrast between the background and text colors.
  • Keyboard Focus/Highlights draws a colorful box around and/or highlights buttons and links, making them easier to find and select for visual keyboard users.
  • Text Size enlarges web copy for improved readability and usability for low-vision users.
  • Text Spacing changes the distance between words and lines of text to improve readability for low-vision users and individuals with cognitive and/or learning disabilities.
  • Change Font can change the font of the text on the page in order to make reading easier. This option includes a font intended to assist individuals with dyslexia.

Each of these features can be used individually or in combination so patrons can pick and choose the functions they want to utilize. 

The new Visual Toolkit joins the existing set of capabilities, which provide a wide range of accessibility support, including integration with a range of third-party accessibility tools, including JAWS, VoiceOver, and Talkback; an Accessibility Help Desk that enables patrons to report accessibility issues to, and get assistance from, a staff of experts in the field; and Reader/Player users can listen to web content read aloud via a built-in player and text-to-speech functionality, which is not dependent on third-party accessibility tools.

To enable the accessibility menu click on the image of the man in the blue circle at the bottom right side of the page. To turn on the Visual Toolkit, click on the four boxes in a circle icon. The Visual Toolkit icon will display along the bottom of the screen. 

To visit CCPL's selection of materials on rbDigital, click here.