508 Support within the Kaltura Player Toolkit

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All Kaltura players that use the Kaltura Player Toolkit are now 508 compliant by default and are based on on W3C Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA). The screen reader includes friendly markup and testing controls. The player uses HTML controls even when using Flash for video on older browsers. 

Kaltura Player v2  delivers a great keyboard input experience for users unable to use a mouse and a seamless browser-managed experience for better integration with web accessibility tools. The player also includes keyboard shortcuts for all main player functions and player plug-ins.  


The Kaltura Player v2 features include: 

  • Screen reader support ( fully tested against JAWS limited testing with others)
  • HTML5; all UI components are in accessible HTML
  • Multi-audio track support (see How to add an audio description track to the Kaltura V2 Player for details)
  • Captions 
  • Tab index for all user interactive components
  • Tab into and tab out of player HTML role markups and area-labels for all controls, including sliders used for playhead scrubber and volume control
  • Keyboard short cut controls matching internet video player pseudo standard ( youtube ), with enhancements around rate control and support for custom mapping arbitrary notifications ( easily making plugins accessible )

Default Keyboard Mappings

The following table lists the default keyboard mappings:

Keyboard Shortcut

Action (the seekbar should be selected)

Left / Right arrow 

Jump back / ahead 5 seconds in the current video

Home / End

Seek to the beginning / last seconds of the video


Play / Pause

Numbers 1 to 9

Number 0 [] +-     

Code Sample

A sample of the code used for the player is:


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