Zoom Accessibility Enhancements

  • Authors: Mohamad Suliman, Eilana Benish
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  • NVDA compatibility: 2018.4 to 2022.1

This add-on improves the experience of using Zoom for NVDA users by providing keyboard shortcuts to Handle alerts for Different events While In a meeting, make the process of remote control much more accessible and smoother, and more.

keyboard shortcuts for controlling alerts In meetings

  • NVDA + Shift + A: cycles between different modes of reporting alerts. The following modes are available:

    • Report all alerts mode, where all alerts are reported as usual
    • Beep for alerts, where NVDA will play a short beep for every alert displayed in Zoom
    • Silence all alerts, where NVDA will ignore all alerts
    • Custom mode, Where the user can customize which alerts they want to have and which not. This can be done using the settings dialog of the add-on, or by using the dedicated keyboard shortcuts for that

The following shortcuts can be used to toggle on / off the announcements of each type of alert (note that this will be effective when custom mode is selected):

  • NVDA + Ctrl + 1: Participant Has Joined/Left Meeting (Host Only)
  • NVDA + Ctrl + 2: Participant Has Joined/Left Waiting Room (Host Only)
  • NVDA + Ctrl + 3: Audio Muted by Host
  • NVDA + Ctrl + 4: Video Stopped by Host
  • NVDA + Ctrl + 5: Screen Sharing Started/Stopped by a Participant
  • NVDA + Ctrl + 6: Recording Permission Granted/Revoked
  • NVDA + Ctrl + 7: Public In-meeting Chat Received
  • NVDA + Ctrl + 8: Private In-meeting Chat Received
  • NVDA + Ctrl + 9: In-meeting File Upload Completed
  • NVDA + Ctrl + 0: Host Privilege Granted/Revoked
  • NVDA + Shift + Ctrl + 1: Participant Has Raised/Lowered Hand (Host Only)
  • NVDA + Shift + Ctrl + 2: Remote Control Permission Granted/Revoked
  • NVDA + Shift + Ctrl + 3: IM chat message received

Note that you need to leave reporting all alert types selected (in Zoom accessibility settings) to have the add-on function as expected.

Keyboard shortcut for Opening add on Dialogue

NVDA + Z Opens the add-on dialog !

Using this dialog you can :

  • See which alerts are announced and which aren't
  • Select the types of the alerts you want to be announced
  • Choose alerts reporting mode
  • Save custom changes

Remote control

after a remote control permission is granted, NVDA + O will move the focus in /Out of the remote controlled screen

Note that the focus should be on one of the meeting controls to be able to remote control the other screen

An Important note

Currently the feature of custom alerts mode where the user can choose which alerts they want to have and which not works with Zoom only when the user interface language is set to english.