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Thorium Reader 1.7

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Tested with Braille: No
  • Tested with Screenreader: No
  • Input type: Keyboard

Results for Visual Adjustments: 75%

Last updated: 18 May 2021

Test book used: Fundamental Accessibility Tests: Visual Adjustments, version 1.0.0

Summary

Visual adjustments: • The app provides for changing the text size, and colors. Larger font sizes and a wider choice of color themes would be appreciated by some users. • In addition to the fonts listed in the settings menu, it is possible to use any of the fonts installed on the computer. • Keyboard shortcuts for changing text size should be provided and discoverable. • There is no obvious way to increase the size of an image. • Outside the scope of the fundamental accessibility tests, there are some notable and high-value features. The display can be selected as paginated or scrolling, the margin can be justified or left-aligned, and the number of columns controlled. These provide control for the user that of often not available to the user. Furthermore, the spacing can be adjusted in flexible ways, with control over margin, word, letter, and line spacing. This level of adjustment over visual presentation will be highly appreciated by some users.

Test results for Visual Adjustments
Test ID Name Description Result Notes
visual-010 Change font size Use the controls available in the application or else in the operating system to change (increase/decrease) the size of the font. The font size change should apply uniformly on all the book content including the Table of Contents, Footnotes, Page List, Notes and Bookmarks. Pass Changing font size is achieved via settings/text/font size, then moving a slider control. The change is visible in the dimmed window behind the panel. Could not discover a keyboard shortcut to change the font size. Pinch/zoom on touch display did nothing. A larger maximum size would be preferable to some users.
visual-110 Change background and foreground color Change background and foreground colour (May be through reading system feature or through OS settings). Pass Changing color is via settings/theme. Three options are provided, neutral, sepia and night. The page content changes but not the upper and lower window areas, or the bookshelf view. Additional themes would be appreciated by some users.
visual-210 Change brightness Use the controls available in the application or else in the operating system to change (increase/decrease) the screen brightness. Pass This is achieved using the hardware or OS adjustment.
visual-310 Apply high contrast system configuration The reading system interface and book content except images should respect the high contrast mode (invert colors) if present in the Operating System. Fail Switching to Windows high contrast mode has no effect in the app.
visual-410 Magnify the User Interface(UI) Use the controls available in the application or else in the operating system to magnify the Reading System screen. All aspects of the User Interface such as Menus, Pop-up Windows, Dialog Boxes and Search Box should get magnified uniformly. Pass This is achieved using the Windows Magnifier or a third-party app. No keyboard conflicts were identified.
visual-510 Change Font Choose from a selection of fonts, including sans-serif and serif options. Pass Changing font is achieved via settings/text, then choosing from the font dropdown box. Eight options are included, including a mix of serif and sans serif fonts, the default font and Readable (dys). It is also possible to choose from any of the fonts installed on the computer.
visual-610 Support for SVG Check if a image is displayed below this paragraph. This image is in SVG format. Pass The gray circle is displayed as expected.
visual-710 Enlarge SVG image Check if the image given in the previous test can be enlarged. Fail The gray circle remains the same size when the font size is changed. There is no obvious method to increase the size of the SVG image within the reader.

Results for Read Aloud: 100%

Last updated: 18 May 2021

Test book used: Fundamental Accessibility Tests: Read Aloud, version 1.0.0

Summary

Read aloud in Thorium works well, with good control of reading position and different options for the visual display of the publication content. Language switching is supported if using the system default voices. Alternatively, the user can choose from the installed voices to be used by read aloud.

Test results for Read Aloud
Test ID Name Description Result Notes
ReadAloud-010 The content can be read aloud Focus on the beginning of a paragraph or a sentence and initiate reading with text-to-speech using a feature of the reading system. Pass Readloud is started using the speaker button in the middle of the toolbar, or using the keyboard shortcut ctrl 2.
ReadAloud-110 Stop and resume reading Initiate reading from any point in the book. Stop Read Aloud and note the last read position. Initiate reading again using the Read Aloud feature and check if reading starts at the last read location. Pass This works as expected. Play and pause can be controlled with the keyboard shortcut ctrl 2.
ReadAloud-210 The Read Aloud feature should continue until interrupted by the user The Read Aloud feature should continue until interrupted by the user, keeping the text being spoken in view. Pass This works as expected. The reading position can be moved with ctrl 1 and ctrl 3 for previous and next respectively.
ReadAloud-310 All text should be read in the proper order Sample text has been provided below to test the reading order. The Paragraph 2 should be read after Paragraph 1 by the Read Aloud feature. Note that visually Paragraph 2 is placed to the left of Paragraph 1 but it is second in the reading order. Pass This works as expected.
ReadAloud-410 Change Read Aloud reading speed It should be possible to adjust (increase/decrease) the speed of reading. Pass A speed control is available when read aloud is selected, with a range from x0.5 to x2
ReadAloud-510 Text to Speech handles punctuations and document structure appropriately When Read Aloud is activated, there should be slight pauses after headings, list items etc., rather than reading as if it is one continuous section of text. Pass This works as expected.
ReadAloud-610 Text is emphasised as it is spoken by read aloud Check if the Text is emphasised as it is spoken by read aloud. Pass The current sentence is highlighted in feint yellow, and each word as it is spoken has a red underline.
ReadAloud-710 The emphasis or highlight colour can be changed Activate Read Aloud feature as described in the previous test. Change the colour of emphasis or visual highlight of the text being read aloud using any feature available in the reading system or the operating system. The users should have a choice of different colours for text highlighting. Pass An alternative (simplified) view of the publication is provided via Settings / Readaloud

Results for Mathematics: 100%

Test book used: Accessibility Tests Mathematics, version 1.1.1

Test results for Mathematics
Test ID Name Description Result Notes
mathml-010 Navigating block MathML with assistive technology and other technologies The test checks if block MathML works with assistive technology and related technologies. Pass The math expression is displayed as expected.
mathml-020 Navigating inline MathML with assistive technology and other technologies The test checks if inline MathML works with assistive technology and related technologies. Pass The math expression is displayed as expected.
math-image-030 Navigating Block Math images followed by Summary/Details with MathML The test checks if block MathML works with assistive technology and related technologies in a HTML Summary/Details as an option to get at the native MathML. Pass The math expression is displayed as expected.
math-image-040 Navigating Inline Math images followed by commented out MathML This test shows an inline math expression as an image with only alt-text describing the math equation. This is not ideal but if a publisher can not use raw mathML directly this is an option for reprocessing in the future. Pass The math expression is displayed as expected.

Results for Extended Descriptions: 100%

Test book used: Accessibility Tests Extended Descriptions, version 1.1.1

Test results for Extended Descriptions
Test ID Name Description Result Notes
extdescription-010 Detection and Utilization of HTML Details and Summary elements Check if you can use HTML details and summary successfully and read the extended description contained in it. Pass The details element is displayed as expected.
extdescription-020 Technique for linking to a single extended description placed in a separate HTML file via text hyperlinks Check if activating the hyperlink placed under the image takes you to a separate HTML file with extended descriptions, and the back link there brings you back to the image. Pass The links are displayed as expected, and Thorium displays the extended description and visually returns to the correct place in the publication as expected.