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  1. API reference
  2. Welcome
    1. Getting started
    2. Get Flexmonster
    3. Quick start
    4. System requirements
    5. Troubleshooting
    6. Managing license keys
    7. Migrating from WebDataRocks to Flexmonster
  3. Integration with frameworks
    1. Available tutorials
    2. Integration with Angular
    3. Integration with React
    4. Integration with Vue
    5. Other integrations
      1. Integration with Python
        1. Integration with Django
        2. Integration with Jupyter Notebook
      2. Integration with React Native
      3. Integration with AngularJS (v1.x)
      4. Integration with TypeScript
      5. Integration with R Shiny
      6. Integration with jQuery
      7. Integration with Ionic
      8. Integration with Electron.js
      9. Integration with Webpack
      10. Integration with RequireJS
  4. Connecting to Data Source
    1. Supported data sources
    2. JSON
      1. Connecting to JSON
      2. Connecting to JSON using Flexmonster Data Server
      3. Data types in JSON
    3. CSV
      1. Connecting to CSV
      2. Connecting to CSV using Flexmonster Data Server
      3. Data types in CSV
    4. Database
      1. Connecting to SQL databases
      2. Connecting to a MySQL database
      3. Connecting to a Microsoft SQL Server database
      4. Connecting to a PostgreSQL database
      5. Connecting to an Oracle database
    5. Flexmonster Data Server
      1. Introduction to Flexmonster Data Server
      2. Getting started with Flexmonster Data Server
      3. Flexmonster Admin Panel Guide
      4. Data sources guide
      5. Security and authorization guide
      6. The Data Server as a DLL
        1. Getting started with the Data Server as a DLL
        2. Referencing the Data Server as a DLL
        3. Implementing the API controller
        4. Implementing the server filter
        5. Implementing the custom parser
        6. DLL configurations reference
        7. The controller's methods for request handling
      7. The Data Server as a console application
        1. Installing the Data Server as a console application
        2. Configurations reference
        3. Data sources guide
        4. Security and authorization guide
      8. Troubleshooting the Data Server
    6. MongoDB
      1. Introduction to Flexmonster MongoDB Connector
      2. Getting started with the MongoDB Connector
      3. Embedding the MongoDB Connector into the server
      4. Configuring the MongoDB Connector
    7. Microsoft Analysis Services
      1. Connecting to Microsoft Analysis Services
      2. Getting started with Flexmonster Accelerator
      3. Referencing the Accelerator as a DLL
      4. Configuring the authentication process
      5. Configuring a secure HTTPS connection
      6. Troubleshooting
    8. Custom data source API
      1. Introduction to the custom data source API
      2. A quick overview of a sample Node.js server
      3. A quick overview of a sample .NET Core server
      4. Implement your own server
        1. Implementing the custom data source API server
        2. Implementing filters
        3. Supporting more aggregation functions
        4. Supporting multilevel hierarchies
        5. Returning data for the drill-through view
        6. Testing your custom data source API server
    9. Elasticsearch
      1. Connecting to Elasticsearch
      2. Configuring the mapping
    10. Pentaho Mondrian
      1. Connecting to Pentaho Mondrian
      2. Getting started with the Accelerator
      3. Configuring Mondrian roles
      4. Configuring username/password protection
      5. Configuring a secure HTTPS connection
      6. Troubleshooting
    11. Connecting to other data sources
  5. Accessibility
    1. Accessibility overview
    2. Keyboard navigation
  6. Configuring report
    1. What is a report
    2. Data source
    3. Slice
    4. Options
    5. Mapping
    6. Number formatting
    7. Conditional formatting
    8. Set the report for the component
    9. Get the report from the component
    10. Share the report
    11. Date and time formatting
    12. Configuring global options
    13. Export and print
    14. Calculated values
    15. Custom sorting
  7. Charts
    1. Available tutorials
    2. Flexmonster Pivot Charts
    3. Integration with Highcharts
    4. Integration with amCharts
    5. Integration with Google Charts
    6. Integration with FusionCharts
    7. Integration with any charting library
  8. Customizing
    1. Available tutorials
    2. Customizing the Toolbar
    3. Customizing appearance
    4. Customizing the context menu
    5. Customizing the grid
    6. Customizing the pivot charts
    7. Localizing the component
  9. Security
    1. Security in Flexmonster
    2. Security aspects of connecting to an OLAP cube
      1. Ways of connecting to an OLAP cube
      2. The data transfer process
      3. Data security
      4. Data access management
  10. Updating to the latest version
    1. Updating to the latest version
    2. Release notes
    3. Migration guide from 2.8 to 2.9
    4. Migration guide from 2.7 to 2.8
    5. Migration guide from 2.6 to 2.7
    6. Migration guide from 2.5 to 2.6
    7. Migration guide from 2.4 to 2.5
    8. Migration guide from 2.3 to 2.4
    9. Migration guide from 2.2 to 2.3
  11. Flexmonster CLI Reference
    1. Overview
    2. Troubleshooting the CLI
    3. flexmonster create
    4. flexmonster add
    5. flexmonster update
    6. flexmonster version
    7. flexmonster help
  12. Documentation for older versions
Table of contents

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, you can change the slice on the fly, namely:

  • 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:

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 web page.

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 with details on the component’s version and licensing 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 with the information about the component’s version and licensing 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.