Universal access is very important to us. We follow web standards and check to make everything usable also with keyboard and assistive software such as screen readers. We aim to be compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 on AA level, with the high contrast theme even on AAA level. We also follow the German BITV 2.0 guidelines.
Zoom and responsiveness #
The Nextcloud interface is fully responsive and usable on any size of screen. You can zoom in and out to fit the text and element size to your liking. The navigation and sidebar can be expanded or collapsed.
Navigating via keyboard #
You can navigate the web interface with keyboard only just like you can with the mouse:
Shift + Tabto move between elements
Spaceto activate or open the element (depending on the type of element)
Escapeto be used to close modals, popover menus, and file viewers
Right arrowto navigate between photos in the viewer
Ctrl + Fto focus the search field
Ctrl + Sto save changes in editors like Nextcloud Text
For quicker navigation, we offer 2 “skip links” at the beginning of the document which allow you to:
- Skip to main content
- Skip to navigation of app
Nextcloud Talk has shortcuts which are also documented inside the settings of the app itself:
Cto focus the message input field
Escapeto unfocus the message input field to be able to use shortcuts
Fto fullscreen the chat or call
- While in a call:
Mto toggle the microphone on and off
Vto toggle video on and off
Spacefor push to talk or push to mute
Rto raise or lower hand
Nextcloud Mail has shortcuts as well, also documented inside the settings of the app itself:
Cto compose a new message
Left arrowto switch to a newer message
Right arrowto switch to an older message
Sto toggle a message as favorite
Uto toggle a message unread
Delto delete a message
Ctrl + Enterto send
Rto refresh and load new mails
Included themes #
We offer several themes you can activate to aid accessibility:
- High contrast theme: A high contrast mode to ease your navigation. Visual quality will be reduced but clarity will be increased.
- Dark theme: A dark theme to ease your eyes by reducing the overall luminosity and brightness. It is still under development, so please report any issues you may find.
- Dyslexia font: OpenDyslexic is a free typeface/font designed to mitigate some of the common reading errors caused by dyslexia.
To reach the accessibility settings:
- Open the settings menu at the end of the header
- Pick Settings
- In the navigation, pick Accessibility
Contrast of elements can vary based on custom theming. For example, the primary theming color is used as background color by the header, log in page, and primary buttons. If this causes contrast issues, please contact your administrator for help.