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

Léonie Watson tink at tink.co.uk
Sun May 5 13:04:52 BST 2013


With V/O on Safari, I don't think you need to pass the keystroke back through to the browser do you? If that's the case, the helpful hint for Windows screen readers is likely to be confusing. Would be good to have this confirmed by a V/O user though.

Léonie.
 




-----Original Message-----
From: M Lakhani [mailto:muzz.lakhani at googlemail.com] 
Sent: 04 May 2013 22:05
To: tink at tink.co.uk; BCAB Discussion List
Subject: Re: [BCAB] AUDIBLE BOOKS (THIS MESSAGE MAY CONTAIN TECHNICAL TERMS THAT MAY CAUSE OFFENCE)

So far the VoiceOver interaction is the most comfortable! I've tried out the site with Jaws, NVDA on my PC & emac speak on Linux but VO is the winner on my mac! 
I've not tried the audible app lately but wonder if titles could be searched & purchased there now!

Thanks for the feedback email Yousuf ! 
Muzz 

Sent from my iPhone

On 4 May 2013, at 15:19, Léonie Watson <tink at tink.co.uk> wrote:

> There's no need to apologise for using technical terms Steve. This 
> list is for discussions about technology and all matters technical. 
> Some topics will be more technical than others, and some people will 
> be more technical than others, but all are welcome.
> 
> You're right that Audible hasn't done a great job of its new website. 
> The first thing I noticed was that the "Sign into Audible" link is 
> always displayed, even when I'm signed into my account. The 
> requirement to pass a keystroke through to the browser in the menu is 
> ridiculous, and the page that describes the new website doesn't have 
> any content on it (with Jaws at least).
> 
> 
> 
> For a website that surely knows it has a strong blind and partially 
> sighted audience, they really haven't considered a sizeable chunk of 
> the marketplace. I'll be writing to them too.
> 
> Léonie.
> 
> 
> -----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 THAT MAY 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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