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    Keyboard navigation

    All Flexmonster’s functionality can be accessed from the keyboard with the use of keyboard shortcuts.

    This guide describes:

    How to enable the keyboard navigation mode

    For comfortable keyboard navigation, UI elements that are in focus should be highlighted. By default, the keyboard focus is not visible in Flexmonster.

    To show the keyboard focus, set the accessibility.keyboardMode property to true in the new Flexmonster() API call:

    var pivot = new Flexmonster({
      container: "pivot-container",
      accessibility: {
        keyboardMode: true,
      },

      report: {
        ...
      }
    });

    Another way to make the keyboard focus visible is to click on the grid and press Shift three times.

    How to perform drag-and-drop using the keyboard

    With the drag-and-drop feature, which is available on the grid and in the Field List, it is possible to change the slice on the fly. You can:

    • Move the field to rows. 
    • Move the field to columns.
    • Move the field to report filters.
    • Move the field to measures (in the Field List).
    • Remove the field from the slice.

    This feature is also accessible from the keyboard. Follow the steps below to drag a field on the grid or in the Field List:

    1. Using the Tab key, select the needed field on the grid or in the Field List.
    2. Press the Space or Enter key to open the field’s context menu.
    3. Select the needed option from the menu using arrow keys.
    4. Press Space or Enter to apply the option.

    Here is an example of accessible drag-and-drop on the grid:

    See how a field can be dragged in the Field List:

    How to perform sorting using the keyboard

    To sort a row or column on the grid from the keyboard, follow these instructions:

    1. Using the Tab key, move the keyboard focus to the grid.
    2. Press Space or Enter to move the keyboard focus inside the grid.
    3. Select the needed field member with arrow keys.
    4. Open the member’s context menu by pressing the Space or Enter key.
    5. Select the needed sorting option using arrow keys.
    6. Press the Space or Enter key to apply the sorting.

    Here is a live demonstration:

    If the slice contains several measures, you should set sorting for a specific measure:

    How to perform filtering using the keyboard

    This mini-guide will help you filter a field with the keyboard:

    1. Using the Tab key, select the field you would like to filter on the grid.
    2. Press Space or Enter to open the field’s context menu.
    3. Select Open filter with arrow keys (by default, this item is already selected).
    4. Press Space or Enter to open the pop-up filter window.
    5. Use Tab and Shift + Tab to navigate between the filtering options. Use arrow keys to navigate between field members and filtering conditions. To apply the selected option, press Space or Enter.
    6. When you have configured the filters, select the Apply button with Shift + Tab.
    7. Press Space or Enter to apply the filters to the field.

    See how to filter a field using the keyboard:

    Specifics of using keyboard navigation in Safari

    By default, the Option + Tab shortcut is used to move the focus between page controls in Safari. To use the Tab key instead, follow the steps below:

    1. Open the browser, then go to Safari > Preferences. 
    2. Navigate to the Advanced tab.
    3. Check this option: Press Tab to highlight each item on a webpage.

    Your accessibility configurations should look similar to the following:

    Now you can use the Tab key to navigate Flexmonster in Safari.

    Keyboard shortcuts available in Flexmonster

    The Toolbar

    Keyboard shortcuts Description
    Tab Moves the focus to the next active tab in the Toolbar.
    Shift + Tab Moves the focus to the previous active tab in the Toolbar.
    Space | Enter Opens the tab’s submenu or selects the tab itself.
    UpArrow Navigates between items of a tab’s submenu. Moves the focus upward.
    DownArrow Navigates between items of a tab’s submenu. Moves the focus downward.
    Esc Closes the tab’s submenu.

    The grid

    Keyboard shortcuts Description
    Tab Moves the focus from the grid to the next active element (e.g., to a row or column header cell). 
    Shift + Tab Moves the focus from the grid to the previous active element (e.g., to a Toolbar tab). 
    Space | Enter If the focus is on the grid, this shortcut moves the focus into the grid.
    If the focus is on a cell, this shortcut opens the cell’s context menu.
    If the focus is on a context menu item with a submenu (e.g., Aggregations), this shortcut opens the submenu.
    UpArrow Navigates between cells or items of a cell’s context menu. Moves the focus upward.
    DownArrow Navigates between cells or items of a cell’s context menu. Moves the focus downward.
    LeftArrow Navigates between cells. Moves the focus leftward.
    RightArrow Navigates between cells. Moves the focus rightward.
    Shift + UpArrow Extends cell selection upward.
    Shift + DownArrow Extends cell selection downward.
    Shift + LeftArrow Extends cell selection leftward.
    Shift + RightArrow Extends cell selection rightward.
    Ctrl + A Selects all cells.
    Ctrl + C Copies selected cells to the clipboard.
    Ctrl + Alt + H Switches between the default and high-contrast CSS themes.
    Shift (three times) Shows/hides the keyboard focus on UI elements.
    Ctrl + Alt + i (Option + Control + i on macOS) Opens a pop-up window displaying the component’s version and license information.
    Esc Closes the cell’s context menu or the drill-through view.

    Charts

    Keyboard shortcuts Description
    Tab Moves the focus to the next active element.
    Shift + Tab Moves the focus to the previous active element.
    Space | Enter Selects the current element.
    UpArrow Navigates between items of a drop-down menu (e.g., when selecting a chart’s active measure). Moves the focus upward.
    DownArrow Navigates between items of a drop-down menu (e.g., when selecting a chart’s active measure). Moves the focus downward.
    Ctrl + Alt + H Switches between the default and high-contrast CSS themes.
    Shift (three times) Shows/hides the keyboard focus on UI elements.
    Ctrl + Alt + i (Option + Control + i on macOS) Opens a pop-up window displaying the component’s version and license information.
    Esc Closes a drop-down menu.

    The Field List

    Keyboard shortcuts Description
    Tab Moves the focus to the next active element.
    Shift + Tab Moves the focus to the previous active element.
    Space | Enter Selects the current element. If the element is a field, the shortcut opens the field’s context menu.
    UpArrow Navigates between items of a list or menu. Moves the focus upward.
    DownArrow Navigates between items of a list or menu. Moves the focus backward.
    Esc Closes the Field List, a context menu, or a drop-down menu.

    Calculated value editor

    Keyboard shortcuts Description
    Tab Moves the focus to the next active element.
    Shift + Tab Moves the focus to the previous active element.
    Space | Enter Selects the current element. If the element is a field, the shortcut opens the field’s context menu.
    UpArrow Navigates between items of a list or menu. Moves the focus upward.
    DownArrow Navigates between items of a list or menu. Moves the focus backward.
    Esc Closes the calculated value editor, a context menu, or a drop-down menu.

    Number formatting dialog

    Keyboard shortcuts Description
    Tab Moves the focus to the next active element.
    Shift + Tab Moves the focus to the previous active element.
    Space | Enter Selects the current element. 
    UpArrow Navigates between items of a drop-down menu. Moves the focus upward.
    DownArrow Navigates between items of a drop-down menu. Moves the focus downward.
    Esc Closes the number formatting dialog.

    Conditional formatting dialog

    Keyboard shortcuts Description
    Tab Moves the focus to the next active element.
    Shift + Tab Moves the focus to the previous active element.
    Space | Enter Selects the current element.
    UpArrow Navigates between items of a drop-down menu. Moves the focus upward.
    DownArrow Navigates between items of a drop-down menu. Moves the focus downward.
    Esc Closes the conditional formatting dialog.

    Layout options dialog

    Keyboard shortcuts Description
    Tab Moves the focus to the next active element.
    Shift + Tab Moves the focus to the previous active element.
    Space | Enter Selects the current element.
    Esc Closes the layout options dialog.

    Filter dialog

    Keyboard shortcuts Description
    Tab Moves the focus to the next active element.
    Shift + Tab Moves the focus to the previous active element.
    Space | Enter Selects the current element.
    UpArrow Navigates between items of a list or drop-down menu. Moves the focus upward.
    DownArrow Navigates between items of a list or drop-down menu. Moves the focus downward.
    Esc Closes the filter dialog.