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Building by/for the visually impaired

Qlik is committed to the visually impaired in all of our products:
Qlik Sense's mobile responsive design provides the advantage of a screen that changes what is presented on screen based on what works 'best' on a screen's resolution. If you are designing apps as a visually impaired business analyst this presents certain disadvantages. As someone who trains and demos to those with visual impairment, I couldn't locate a comprehensive resource so I'm putting this post out with some tips I've collected please add your own. 
Qlik Sense Tip use keyboard shortcuts: 
When looking at a chart you can use a keyboard shortcut to toggle between table and chart. - See the note below on a natural language simulator to interpret the chart for you. Other keyboard shortcuts can be found here: https://help.qlik.com/en-US/sense/November2018/Subsystems/Hub/Content/Sense_Hub/UserInterface/keyboa...
Chrome accessability Tip: 
Qlik Sense Desktop Tip: 
Most designers are using Qlik Sense Server Hub to design their apps. On the server, you are using your own browser to zoom in / out using ‘Cnt +’ or ‘Cnt -’. If you using the free Qlik Sense Desktop for either for training or development however, the desktop app cannot zoom in and zoom out as easily. There is a trick however to use a web browser to see the functionality of the Qlik Desktop. To take advantage of this approach:
  1. Open Qlik Sense Desktop and log in – the browser will not work if QSD is not open on your computer
  2. Go to the default URL for the hub in your favorite browser (I prefer Chrome or Firefox): http://localhost:4848/hub Enjoy. If that address doesn’t work continue to step 3.
  3. From within QSD click the Three Dots in the upper right -> DevHub
  4. From the browser window that opens note the URL eg: http://localhost:48/dev-hub/
  5. Delete the “dev-“ from the URL eg: http://localhost:48/hub/ and hit enter.
Windows & Browser zoom: 
Windows 10 provides a feature to 'zoom' into a section of a screen. Use Windows logo key‌  + Plus sign (+) on the keyboard to turn Magnifier on. Press Windows logo key  + Esc to turn it off. More information about that feature is here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/11542/windows-use-magnifier
To Zoom in/out using the browser’s functionality use ‘Cntrl+’ or ‘Cntrl-’ Note because of qlik’s mobile responsive design if you zoom in too much,  the interface will change dramatically and functionality highlighted in the documentation won’t appear as expected for example that happened to my laptop running at 1920x1080 when I zoom in to 200%. You own experience will vary based on your screen resolution and the menu and the version of Qlik Sense. if you want to zoom in more than 150% use the windows zoom tip in the beginning of this section - Windows logo key‌  + Plus sign (+). 
Windows specific tips: 
Make sure you make your cursor big and make sure users to make their own cursor big and black - so they can be tracked easily – go to control panel -> mouse settings -> pointers -> scheme -> Windows Black (extra large) :
The following other windows tips may help:
Microsoft accessibility overview https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility/features?activetab=pivot_1:primaryr2  – a ton of possible useful tips
Consumers/users of Qlik Sense apps: 
If you are designing app for users that are visually impaired or completely sightless keep a couple of pointers in mind:
Screen readers: 
Users of existing apps can use JAWS self proclaimed as world's most popular screen reader. You can use the screen reader in the hub, and in a sheet in analysis view.
Narratives for Qlik extension 
There is a natural language simulator that provides commentary on qlik applications.
Keys: vision loss and sightless or blind 
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Contributor III
Contributor III

Thanks for your efforts compiling this resource. 

With respect to Screen reader tags, is there a way to influence this when developing an app ? I couldn't find any details on this.




Hi there,
That is a very interesting post but I am urgently looking for a blind person using qlik sense with jaws since I am currently encountering major issues with jaws in qlik sense and so far I was not able to find anyone who would be proficient enough to assist me with my problems. Thus if anyone knows anyone blind who is using qlik sense with jaws please get back to me via e-mail: ginger.claassen (at) gmx (dot) de

Thanks very much in advance for your efforts!