Kindle for PC v 1.23 (Windows 10) / JAWS 2018 & MAGic 13

Testsuite: Accessibility

  • Name
    Kindle for PC
  • Version
  • Operating System
  • Operating System Version
  • Assistive technology
    JAWS 2018 & MAGic 13
  • Assistive technology features
  • Last Updated
    May 14, 2018, 2:23 p.m.
  • Notes


Short summary

Kindle for PC 1.23.1 was evaluated using JAWS 2018 and MAGic 13 with only keyboard input. Media overlays not supported. Evaluation done for low vision.

Long summary

The app was found to be accessible with both self-voicing and screen reader functions working reasonably well. There did seem to be some problems with keystroke conflicts between app and screen reader.

Support Results

Basic Functionality

Feature Test Result Notes
Cumulative Score 84.6%

Basic Functionality

Operating system accessibility Supported Usual start and exit methods for Windows programs + ctrl Q exit method and keyboard shortcut to start.
Reading system activation Supported
Open content Supported Enter or ctrl O opens selection to where prior reading left off.
Listing documents Supported Library view opens by default upon launch. Can navigate by arrows.


Supported TOC must be set from view menu.
Not Supported Print page breaks not supported
Supported Arrow and pgdn appeared to work this way.
Not Supported Current section name and current page information cannot be determined

Highlights, Notes, and Bookmarks

Add a Bookmark or Highlight Supported
Review and navigate Bookmarks or Highlights Supported Bookmarks, highlights, and notes all use notes window.
Add a note Supported use from application menu on highlighted word.
Review and navigate Notes Supported see navigate bookmarks

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Non-Visual Reading

Feature Test Result Notes
Cumulative Score 76.9%

Non-Visual Reading

Initiate "read from here" Supported Only works in full screen mode. Unreliable. Could not always get to start, but after tabbing around a while eventually did.
Stop and resume reading Supported
Proper reading order Supported
Image alternate text reading Supported
Change reading speed Supported Can only be done through startup wizard as far as I can tell in JAWS.
Pauses in TTS reading Supported
Navigation in table Not Supported Table is not read by the screen reader
Navigation between internal hyperlinks Not Supported Links cannot be selected or activated with the keyboard. Links can be clicked with mouse however.
Move to the next block item Supported
Navigate by characters Supported
Navigate by words Supported
Navigate by lines Supported
Navigate the content by headings Not Supported Heading navigation keys of screen reader are not supported.

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Visual Adjustment Tests

Feature Test Result Notes
Cumulative Score 87.5%

Visual Adjustment

Change font size Supported Appears to use MAGIC magnification mechanism rather than actual font change with top row keys.
Change background and foreground color Supported Reading system has 3 values.
Change brightness Supported
Apply high contrast system configuration Not Supported
Magnify the User Interface(UI) Supported Done through MAGic.
Change Font Supported
Support for SVG Supported
Enlarge SVG image Supported Uses MAGic to magnify all items.

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Read Aloud

Feature Test Result Notes
Cumulative Score 75%

Read Aloud

The content can be read aloud Supported
Stop and resume reading Supported
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 Numpad cannot be used with JAWS active.
Text to Speech handles punctuations and document structure appropriately Supported
Text is emphasised as it is spoken by read aloud Not Supported Text is not highlighted while reading
The emphasis or highlight colour can be changed Not Supported

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Media Overlays

Feature Test Result Notes
Cumulative Score Not Tested

Basic Tests

Media Overlays Playback Not Tested
Pause and resume from the same position, without closing the book Not Tested
Resume playback from last position on opening a book Not Tested

Navigation Tests

Section Navigation - Previous/Next Phrase Not Tested
Navigate to previous section Not Tested
Navigate to next section Not Tested
Navigate with pagelist Not Tested
Move to next page Not Tested
Move to previous page Not Tested
Text and media overlay synchronization Not Tested
Set and navigate to bookmarks Not Tested
Section Navigation - TOC Not Tested
Continuous playback across page turns Not Tested

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