[BCAB] AUDIBLE BOOKS (THIS MESSAGE MAY CONTAIN TECHNICAL TERMSTHATMAY CAUSE OFFENCE)

Iain Lackie ilackie at perth44.freeserve.co.uk
Sun May 5 13:03:06 BST 2013


Frankly the Audible site is not as complicated to use as you are being led 
to believe. Don't be put off for reasons of alleged complexity.

Iain

-----Original Message----- 
From: Alan Philpott
Sent: Sunday, May 05, 2013 10:31 AM
To: BCAB Discussion List
Subject: Re: [BCAB] AUDIBLE BOOKS (THIS MESSAGE MAY CONTAIN TECHNICAL 
TERMSTHATMAY CAUSE OFFENCE)

Steve,
this is very disturbing as hardly a night goes past without there being many
ads for this organisation on the television.  To hear their publicity you
would think it was God's gift to audio book readers.  I have not tried it
and will not do so now as I probably do not have the skills to deal with the
site's complexity, so they've lost my business for the time being at least.

With kind regards,
Alan
(Home Tel: 01733 551852;
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-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk]On Behalf Of Steven
Bingham
Sent: 03 May 2013 22:39
To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
Subject: [BCAB] AUDIBLE BOOKS (THIS MESSAGE MAY CONTAIN TECHNICAL TERMS
THATMAY CAUSE OFFENCE)


Hello



Audible have been buggering about with their site and have effectively made
it very unfriendly to screen reader users.



The problems start with the Library and Shop Audible links near the top of
the home (and every other page).



These two links, when hovered over with a mouse, display menus. Using JAWS
and possibly NVDA, these menu do not appear. The Library menu is not too
important as the options on it appear as normal links on the library page
which you get to through the link in the ordinary way. The menu on the Shop
Audible link is much more important as it contains a number of links jto
book categories and so on that do not appear to be accessible in any other
way.



Other links like the My Account link do not appear to be accessible. At
least using JAWS14 and IE10 I cannot find them.



Also the Help and advice facilities do not appear to be readable by JAWS.
Follow the link Something Looks Different and you can read a brief
introduction but the meat of the page is not read. Even switching to JAWS
cursor mode does not make it readable.



I have written to Audible pointing out these difficulties but as yet have
not received an email response. I know that some others have also contacted
Audible but as far as I know the best response so far is "We are looking at
the problems." This is particularly worrying as they have obviously
considered screen reader users - the links I mentioned above have an
attached legend saying "Press pass through key and space bar to activate."
But they have not made sure that it works. If it works with any screen
reader I would be interested to know.



Most of the rest of the site appears to be as it always has been - that is
just about accessible but needs patients. Although a quick look at my
library suggests that the new ratings system might be very painful indeed to
ignore.



I would be interested in others' comments on the new Audible site.



Steve

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