Accessibility Features of SAS Theme Designer 3.5 for Flex


SAS Theme Designer 3.5 for Flex has been tested with assistive technology tools. It includes accessibility and compatibility features that improve the usability of the product for users with disabilities, with exceptions noted below. These features are related to accessibility standards for electronic information technology that were adopted by the U.S. Government under Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (2008 draft proposal initiative update). Applications are also tested against Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, part of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C). For detailed information about the accessibility of this product, send e-mail to or call SAS Technical Support.

User Interface Layout

The SAS Theme Designer 3.5 for Flex application window contains these main sections:
  • The top of the window contains the application name and an application bar that includes a menu bar and a Log Off button.
  • The left side of the window contains a navigation pane. The pane contains a User Interface Components list at the top. When a component is selected, a properties pane at the bottom is populated with controls that are relevant to the selected component. When changes are made to controls in the property pane, the view on the right side of the application is updated.


An application’s theme is the collection of colors, graphics, and fonts that appear in the application. The following themes are provided with this application: SAS Corporate, SAS Blue Steel, SAS Light, SAS Dark, and SAS High Contrast.
You can also use keyboard shortcuts to magnify the contents of the browser window or to invert the application colors. For more information seeKeyboard Shortcuts.
Note: If you have special requirements for your themes, then contact your system administrator or visual designer about using the SAS Theme Designer for Flex application to build custom themes.

Keyboard Shortcuts

The following table contains the keyboard shortcuts for the application. In the user interface, the shortcuts are displayed within parentheses in tooltips and menu labels.
Note: Some application-level keyboard shortcuts do not work when you first open an application. When that happens, press Tab to place the focus on the application and then try the keyboard shortcut again.
Note: When you use a keyboard shortcut to activate a button, first give the focus to the field or section that the button is associated with before you use the keyboard shortcut. For example, if a table has an associated Help button, you must first move the focus to the table near that button before you press Ctrl+?.
Keyboard Shortcut
Zoom in
Zoom out
Reset zoom state
Temporarily invert or revert application colors (for the current session only)
Navigate to the column headings in a table
For a two-dimensional table, first ensure that the table is in focus. Press Ctrl+F8 to move the focus to the column headings and then use the arrow keys to navigate from heading to heading.
For a multidimensional table, first ensure that the table is in focus. Press Tab to move the focus to the column headings and then use the arrow keys to navigate from heading to heading.
Sort columns in a table
To sort a single column, navigate to the column heading of the column that you want to sort. Press the spacebar to sort the column.
To sort additional columns, navigate to the column heading of each additional column that you want to sort. Press Ctrl+spacebar.

Exceptions to Accessibility Standards

These exceptions are known to occur when using the application with Internet Explorer.
Accessibility Issue
Using JAWS with this application can sometimes cause Internet Explorer to stop responding.
Using JAWS 13 or later might resolve the issue.
JAWS cannot read some of the controls in the application, such as images, icons, and buttons.
JAWS cannot read the tooltips of items in trees and lists.
JAWS refers to table controls as list boxes.
When JAWS reports that a control is a list box, keep in mind that it might actually be a table.
JAWS does not correctly read the information in a table:
  • JAWS cannot read the column headings of a table.
  • When table cells are not editable and the focus is in the body of the table, JAWS reads an entire row at a time instead of cell by cell.
  • When the table cells are editable, and focus is in the body of the table, JAWS reads only the first row of the table. If you use the arrow keys to select a cell or row, then JAWS does not read anything. If you press Enter to edit a cell, then JAWS reads the row that contains the edited cell.
When you are in a table cell, if you press Home, End, Page Up, or Page Down, a cell in the first column of the currently displayed columns for the table is selected.
Use the arrow keys to navigate through the cells of the table.
If you can tab to the bottom of a table to add a row, then you cannot use the Tab key by itself to exit the table.
Press Shift+Tab to navigate to the top of the table and to then exit the table.
This application does not contain how-to topics and Help pop-up windows.
Use the Help menu to access the linked documents.
You cannot use Shift+F10 to open a pop-up menu.
Use Shift+F9 to open pop-up menus that are created for the SAS application. The generic menu that is provided by the Flash player cannot be opened by Shift+F9.
You cannot use the keyboard to change a tab label.