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Thorium Reader 1.6

  • Assistive Technology: NVDA 20.4
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Tested with Braille: No
  • Tested with Screenreader: Yes
  • Input type: Keyboard

Results for Basic Functionality: 80%

Last updated: 6 April 2021

Test book used: Fundamental Accessibility Tests: Basic Functionality, version 1.0.0

These tests were done by George Kerscher (DAISY Consortium).

Summary

I am testing Thorium 1.6 on Windows 10 using NVDA 20.4. Thorium is highly accessible with a screen reader. I have marked in notes the items that explains how I got the results when it is not obvious.

Test results for Basic Functionality
Test ID Name Description Result Notes
file-010 Operating system/Platform accessibility If you are using a hardware device, it can be started independently and essential accessibility for starting and exiting applications is available. N/A
file-110 The reading system can be activated independently If you are using a reading app that requires you to create an online account then the complete getting started process should be accessible. Pass I obtained the software from the Microsoft Store.
file-210 Open content Open the Fundamental Accessibility Test book in the reading system. Pass I have Thorium set as my default reader in Windows, so I just press enter on an EPUB in Windows Explorer and it opens.
file-310 Listing documents Check if you can navigate inside the bookshelf. Pass You can go to the Bookshelf from an open book, or you can open the bookshelf by launching Thorium. In either case the list of books is accessible. I prefer the list view.
nav-005 The table of contents in the app presents the content hierarchy Check if the table of Contents is accessible and its hierarchy is presented correctly by the reading system Pass Works find Shortcut key is ctrl + N to open navigation and first item is the table of contents.
nav-010 Navigate to chapters through the Table of Contents Check if you can navigate to a section by using the table of contents. Pass Thorium has a feature where if you are deep linking, meaning going to an item well inside a section, you can press tab and then enter to get to the exact location. Screen readers many times will loose focus and this feature enables you to get to where you expect to be. So, if I go to a link from the TOC and end up at the beginning of the chapter, I press tab and enter and then am taken to the exact location.
nav-110 Navigate content by pages Check if you can navigate the content by pages. Pass Very nice function to go to a page. CTRL + shift + P and you are taken to a edit ox with the current page number, and you can type in the page number you want. tab to the button to activate. Again, you may need to tab and enter to go to the exact location.
nav-210 Navigate forward and backward through reflowed content Use any control or command to navigate forward and backwards in the book content. Pass
nav-310 Read navigation information Use the "Where am I?" or any other similar command available in the reading system and check if you can get information about your current position in the book. Pass I use the NVDA list of elements, NVDA + F7, and I tab to get the list of headings. From there, I can tell where I am.
nav-410 Perform a search, review the search results Perform a search, review the search results and navigate to the selected search result in the content. Pass I have been successful performing a search, review the number of items, and navigate to the item. CTRL + f, gets you to the dialogue, and F3 finds next.
nav-510 Move across chapters without using TOC Check if you can move across chapters without having to use the Table of Contents. Pass Ctrl + page down takes you to the next chapter/ file in the title.
anno-010 Add a Bookmark or Highlight Some reading systems may have a Highlight feature in place of Bookmarks. The tests for Bookmarks may then be performed with Highlights. Pass Using CTRL + b allows me to place a bookmark. This marks the chaper/file you are on. Once in another part of the book, I can get back to this chapter. Tip: I will copy some text to the clipboard and edit the bookmark and put that theext in the bookmark, instead of bookmark 01 or 02. I present enter to save it. It is then possible to search for that text to get to the exact location.
anno-110 Review and navigate Bookmarks or Highlights Check if you can review and navigate Bookmarks or Highlights. Pass I use CTRL + n to go to the navigation and then down to the bookmarks and can navigate the bookmarks.
anno-210 Add a note Add a Note at this location in the book. Provide a few lines of text in the Note. Fail I have not yet figured out how to use the annotation feature.
anno-310 Review and navigate Notes Check if you can review and navigate Notes. Fail

Results for Non-visual Reading: 100%

Last updated: 6 April 2021

Test book used: Fundamental Accessibility Tests: Non-Visual Reading, version 1.0.0

These tests were done by George Kerscher (DAISY Consortium).

Test results for Non-visual Reading
Test ID Name Description Result Notes
reading-010 Initiate "read from here" Focus on the beginning of a paragraph or a sentence and initiate reading. Reading should continue until interrupted by the user or at the end of the current document, e.g. current chapter. The text being read should preferably remain in view, but this is not a requirement to pass the test. Pass This works as expected using NVDA commands.
reading-110 Stop and resume reading Initiate reading from any point in the book. Stop reading and note the last read position. Initiate reading again and check if reading starts at the last read location. Pass
reading-210 All text should be read in the proper order Sample text has been provided to test the reading order. The Paragraph 2 should be read after Paragraph 1. Note that visually Paragraph 2 is placed to the left of Paragraph 1 but it is second in the reading order. Pass
reading-310 Image alternate text reading Ensure that the alternate text for the image is available. Pass
reading-410 Change reading speed It should be possible to adjust (increase/decrease) the speed of reading. This test should be performed using the Assistive Technology being used for accessibility evaluation. Pass
reading-510 TTS allows pause for headings, paragraphs, list items, etc The user should be able to identify the difference between content items such as headings, paragraphs or list items by sufficient pauses in the TTS reading or appropriate formatting in the Braille device. Pass
reading-610 Navigate between the cells, rows and columns in the table Check if you can navigate between the rows and columns of the table Pass
reading-710 Navigate between internal hyperlinks Check if you can navigate between internal hyperlinks. Pass The internal hyperlinks work properly. Sometimes you are not taken to the correct location, and pressing tab and enter will get you there.
reading-810 Move to the next block item Check if you can move to the next available page element e.g. paragraph, image or table by using a common key/gesture like swipe right, down arrow etc. Pass
reading-910 Navigate by characters Check if it is possible to navigate to next and previous character in the book text by way of any command or gesture. Pass
reading-1010 Navigate by words Check if it is possible to navigate to next and previous word in the book text by way of any command or gesture. Pass
reading-1110 Navigate by lines Check if it is possible to navigate to next and previous line in the book text by way of any command or gesture. Pass
reading-1210 Navigate the content by headings Check if you can move to the next and previous headings in this book without using the Table of Contents. Pass
reading-1310 Select and copy text Reading systems should provide the ability to copy pieces of text that could be used for notes, in quotations, or to facilitate searching terms contained in the book. In some cases, this could be achieved using an AT such as a screen reader, for instance with a dedicated cursor or other procedures. Pass

Results for Mathematics: 100%

Last updated: 6 April 2021

Test book used: Accessibility Tests Mathematics, version 1.1.1

These tests were done by George Kerscher (DAISY Consortium).

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 I have the Access8Math add-in for NVDA installed. When I come to the math equation, I make sure I am in MathML reading mode. ctrl + alt + m toggles between MathML and Math player. I press enter on the math expression and can use the Access8Math to read. It works great.
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
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
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

Results for Extended Descriptions: 100%

Last updated: 6 April 2021

Test book used: Accessibility Tests Extended Descriptions, version 1.1.1

These tests were done by George Kerscher (DAISY Consortium).

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 This works fine. The details expand and you can read using normal HTML reading modes. If you want to go back to the button, shift + b will take you to the button to expand and collapse.
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 This passes, you are taken to the top of the file that contains the description and the link back takes you to the exact location.