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    Accessibility

    Browsers

    What browsers, and what versions of browsers are certified for Alma?

    As a true cloud solution, Alma requires only a browser for the end user. Alma is certified for all the leading browsers: Chrome, Firefox and Edge (Internet Explorer is not supported as of March 2021). There is an ongoing process of monitoring new browser versions and checking their compatibility with Alma.
    For full details please see Browser and OS Requirements in the Alma Online Help.

    Does Alma support responsive web design?

    Ex Libris’ browser certification policy is based on industry usage statistics (W3C). When selecting the new technology we verified to use the best solution to ensure the design is accessible. We chose to use Angular and HTML5 technology for responsive design, to provide with perfect adjusted design to fit all devices resolution and provide the best “on the go” experience.

    As Alma is a fully browser based system it is possible to use the product on devices (Smartphones and Tablet) for flexible working practices. In addition staff user have access to the Alma Mobile App, which allows users to operate daily library activities. Librarians can perform fulfillment activities on the go, even scanning item barcodes to register in-house use from anywhere in the library. Built on a flexible advanced mobile‑application framework, Alma Mobile will grow to include more features, such as work-order processing, item returns, the creation and processing of sets, inventory management, and even mobile analytics.

    Does Alma rely on icons for navigation and information?

    Alma uses a limited set of icons to convey information but all icons have alternative texts or titles.

    Can Alma be used on mobile devices?

    Alma supports a mobile app. Librarians can perform fulfillment activities on the go, even scanning item barcodes to register in-house use from anywhere in the library. Built on a flexible advanced mobile‑application framework, Alma Mobile will grow to include more features, such as work-order processing, item returns, the creation and processing of sets, inventory management, and even mobile analytics.

    The app is compatible with Android mobile devices, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch:

    How does staff interact with Alma - are there any browser or device dependencies?

    Because Alma is fully web-based, staff interact with the system via a standard browser, unlike other web solutions that may require third party components (such as .NET framework). Alma is a truly web-based (based on Java) SaaS solution that does not require local desktop installation or components. For secured TLS communication with Alma, Ex Libris uses a certificate from ‘Go-Daddy’ which is fully compatible with Microsoft Windows-based clients.
    Alma supports all of the leading web browsers: Chrome, Firefox and Edge (Internet Explorer is not supported as of March 2021). Current supported versions are Firefox 3+, Chrome 6+. As we enhance the system, and as browsers are updated, we release recommendations for new versions of each supported browser. Ex Libris provides advance notice of any change in the minimum browser requirements.
    We maintain an ongoing process of monitoring new browser versions and checking their compatibility with Alma. Alma’s browser support policy is based on industry usage statistics from W3C

    Compliance

    Is Alma ADA Compliant?

    Alma is developed in accordance with the requirements of the DDA including Part III, as well as those of the American Disabilities Act 1990 (ADA).
    Alma was developed in line with the WAI guidelines. The application is compliant by applying a high-contrast level of the display, by adjusting the luminosity level of the display, and by applying alternatives to non-accessible methods, such as JavaScript or AJAX components. The application is also compatible with screen readers for the visually impaired.
    The accessibility of the Alma interface for users (inc. HTML and CSS) follows leading international accessibility and industry standards: The W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, level "Double-A" Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d). We adhere to the following accessibility guidelines:
    1. HTML Standards and Accessibility
    2. XHTML 1.0 Transitional
    3. WCAG 2.0 Guidelines Priority 2 (with exceptions)
    4. Section 508 (with exceptions)
    5. CSS 3

    Does Alma comply with the UK Disability Discrimination Act?

    The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C’s) published standards and accessibility guidelines (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)) are generally regarded as the main guidelines used during interpretation of the UK Disability Discrimination Act 1995, and subsequent amendments.
    All Ex Libris’ products and services comply with the requirements of the DDA including Part III, as well as those of the American Disabilities Act 1990 (ADA).
    Ex Libris is committed to ensuring that its existing software and planned releases comply with accessibility standards. Alma was developed in line with the WAI guidelines. The application is compliant by applying a high-contrast level of the display, by adjusting the luminosity level of the display, and by applying alternatives to non-accessible methods, such as JavaScript or AJAX components. The application is also compatible with screen readers for the visually impaired. As far as possible, hot keys (keyboard shortcuts) have been defined for functions in the system; this is especially true for circulation functions.

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