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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 Internet Explorer. There is an ongoing process of monitoring new browser versions and checking their compatibility with Alma.
    Ex Libris’ browser certification policy is based on industry usage statistics (W3C) as published on the following site: http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp. The following table describes the certified browsers:
    Browser Version
    Microsoft® Internet Explorer®
    Certified versions: 11
    Ex Libris will make every effort to test and support new browser versions for Microsoft® Internet Explorer® when its industry usage is over 20% of all versions of this browser
    Mozilla® Firefox®
    Ex Libris makes every effort to test and certify the most recent stable version of Firefox on an on-going basis.
    In addition, Mozilla offers an Extended Support Release (ESR) based on the official release of Firefox for desktops for use by organizations, including schools, universities, businesses, and others who need extended support for mass deployments.
    Ex Libris will make every effort to test and certify the latest ESR version, after the overlap period between the older and newer ESR version is over.
    Google Chrome™
    As with Firefox, Ex Libris makes every effort to test and certify the most recent stable version.
    Google Chrome applies updates automatically.
    Discontinued Browser Version support
    Ex Libris may discontinue supporting a certain browser version based on its industry usage in general usage in Alma. Issues reported that are specific to a browser that has been discontinued will not be actively investigated or corrected.
    Ex Libris will give prior notice when support of a browser version is discontinued.

    Edge

    Alma supports its two most recent browser versions.

    Other Browsers
    In practice Alma works also with other browsers such as Safari, Skyfire, etc.

    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 SSL 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: Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome. Current supported versions are Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 3+ and 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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