Dolphin EasyReader v 1.7 (iOS 11.2) / Read-Aloud and VoiceOver

Testsuite: Accessibility

  • Name
    Dolphin EasyReader
  • Version
  • Operating System
  • Operating System Version
  • Assistive technology
    Read-Aloud and VoiceOver
  • Assistive technology features
  • Last Updated
    May 8, 2018, 1:59 p.m.
  • Notes
    tested accessibility for low vision


Short summary

For low vision this system is exceptional. The controls do not enlarge so VoiceOver was necessary to read controls, but VoiceOver and the Read-Aloud feature of Easy Reader do not collide. The font size only goes to 600%.
IOS 11.3.1, ER 1.7

Long summary

Easy Reader is a remarkable tool for reading with low vision. It provides a decent color range, contrast and brightness control, line and letter spacing. The read aloud provides tracking with highlights. Color can be changes for foreground, background, sentence highlights and word highlights.

The controls are too small to see - less than 10pt. Voice over is necessary to operate the controls. However, Voice over and the Easy Reader read-aloud do not conflict. I think this is a good compromise.

The print enlarges to 600% with perfect word wrapping on reflowable epub documents. It can be fun to read with this reader, and you can do real work too.

Support Results

Basic Functionality

Feature Test Result Notes
Cumulative Score 92.3%

Basic Functionality

Operating system accessibility Supported Hardware Button Top Right Edge.
Reading system activation Supported Touch Easy Reader Icon.
Open content Supported Touch "Side Menu" button Upper left. Touch "My Books" Scroll the "My Books" list to find the Test File Touch the Test File icon
Listing documents Supported Touch "Side Menu" icon upper left Pick from "My Bookshelf" or external repositories. There are many.


Supported Touch the "Book Navigation" button (outline icon) lower leftmost button. Select the "Headings" Tab Access sections and subsections from list. Text is small. Use magnifying glass or VoiceOver. Ordered by HTML headers.
Supported Touch "Book Navigation" button Pick the Pages tab Pick the page number
Not Supported The app has scrolling view instead of paginated view. Easy Reader has a different reflow traversal. You jump from highlight unit to highlight uint. If a sentence is highlighted you touch the start of the next sentence to advance. You can scroll.
Supported To find position: Look in the TOC for the section. Then the progress bar (and percentage) at the bottom tells you the progress within the chapter.
Supported Hit "Search"icon (a mag glass). Touch text box. Type in using on-screen keyboard provided.

Highlights, Notes, and Bookmarks

Add a Bookmark or Highlight Supported Select a spot and hit a bookmark. The "tracking highlight" of the sentence for "read-aloud" is the selection that is bookmarked.
Review and navigate Bookmarks or Highlights Supported Touch "Book Navigation" button (bottom leftmost) Touch "Bookmark" tab Touch the desired bookmark to follow the link. To return, press the "back" button (bottom left second from bottom). It is a hooking back arrow.
Add a note Supported Enter a bookmark. You are given a choice to add a note in writing or an audio note. When you can retrieve them in the book navigation, bookmarks process.
Review and navigate Notes Supported Touch the "Book Navigation" button Select "Bookmarks" You will be displayed written notes and audio notes. Select what you want and touch the button.

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Non-Visual Reading

Feature Test Result Notes
Cumulative Score Not Tested

Non-Visual Reading

Initiate "read from here" Not Tested Visual Reader. I only use a screen reader to read the application controls.
Stop and resume reading Not Tested
Proper reading order Not Tested
Image alternate text reading Not Tested
Change reading speed Not Tested
Pauses in TTS reading Not Tested
Navigation in table Not Tested
Navigation between internal hyperlinks Not Tested
Move to the next block item Not Tested
Navigate by characters Not Tested
Navigate by words Not Tested
Navigate by lines Not Tested
Navigate the content by headings Not Tested

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Visual Adjustment Tests

Feature Test Result Notes
Cumulative Score 75%

Visual Adjustment

Change font size Supported up to 600%. Marked in 25% increments. To activate: Touch "Text Settings" button (top second from right" (the letter A) to get the "Text Settings" dialog. Use the "text size" slider to select sized. I found the slider hard to see and used VoiceOver to control it.
Change background and foreground color Supported From the "Text Settings" dialog: You may select foreground, background, sentence highlight and word highlight. For each Touch the color box for the field to change. You have a choice of 28 colors. I found one really great pattern for me.
Change brightness Supported System level for controls. Color choice gives a wide range of brightness.
Apply high contrast system configuration Supported
Magnify the User Interface(UI) Supported iOS Zoom can be used to magnify the user interface
Change Font Supported
Support for SVG Not Supported The SVG is not displayed
Enlarge SVG image Not Supported Since the SVG is not displayed, this test cannot be performed.

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Read Aloud

Feature Test Result Notes
Cumulative Score 100%

Read Aloud

The content can be read aloud Supported
Stop and resume reading Supported Touch place to start reading. Touch the "Play" button. When you close the book app it starts reading on the sentence you were at.
The Read Aloud feature should continue until interrupted by the user Supported
All text should be read in the proper order Supported
Change Read Aloud reading speed Supported
Text to Speech handles punctuations and document structure appropriately Supported From "Voice Settings" Use the "Pause" slider to select the length of pause between paragraphs.
Text is emphasised as it is spoken by read aloud Supported Sentences are highlighted in one color. Words are highlighted in a color. The use can choose both colors. I make senetence color = word color because all the word movement bothers me.
The emphasis or highlight colour can be changed Supported Same as foreground / background.

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Media Overlays

Feature Test Result Notes
Cumulative Score 76.9%

Basic Tests

Media Overlays Playback Supported
Pause and resume from the same position, without closing the book Supported
Resume playback from last position on opening a book Supported

Navigation Tests

Section Navigation - Previous/Next Phrase Not Supported Phrase navigation mode not available in the app. Navigation by book default does not allow navigation to previous items.
Navigate to previous section Supported
Navigate to next section Supported
Navigate with pagelist Supported
Move to next page Not Supported Scrolling view instead of paginated view.
Move to previous page Not Supported
Text and media overlay synchronization Supported
Set and navigate to bookmarks Supported
Section Navigation - TOC Supported
Continuous playback across page turns Supported

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