In order to use the accessibility features in Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing version 12.6, you must meet the following system requirements.
Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing
The full set of accessibility features is available only in the English version of Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing 12.6.
Only Windows operating systems with the following specifications support all of the accessibility features:
- Windows Vista (32 & 64 bit), Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit) or Windows 8 (64 bit)
- Pentium III GHz Processor
- 256 MB RAM
Linux (Ubuntu 11.10 or higher) and Mac (Mac OS X 10.7 or higher) users can use only some of the Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing accessibility features (e.g., keyboard navigation). There is no screen reader capability on these systems.
Note: Accessibility features are not officially supported on Linux and Mac systems.
Supported Versions Of Java
Java 7 Update 6 and later
- Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing 12.6 has been fully tested with JAWS 14 and JAWS 13. Older versions of JAWS may work but have not been tested.
Java Access Bridge
The Java Access Bridge is a technology that allows assistive technologies (such as screen readers, magnifiers, etc.) to access Java applications and applets, including Blackboard Collaborate products. Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing 12.6 supports the Java Access Bridge 2.0.3.
Note 1: When you install the Java Runtime Environment 7u6 and later, the Access Bridge is not enabled by default. On Windows Vista and later, you can enable the Access Bridge using the “Ease of Access Center” in the Control Panel. You can also enable the Access Bridge from the command line in all versions of Windows. For complete instructions on how to enable the Java Access Bridge 2.0.3 in Java 7 please reference our How to enable the Java Access Bridge 2.0.3 in Java 7 knowledge base article.
Note 2: If you are using the 64-bit version of JAWS with the 32-bit Java Runtime Environment (JRE), JAWS may not read values correctly. If this is the case, install the 64-bit JRE and restart JAWS.