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Thorium Reader  

  • Reading System Thorium Reader  
  • Assistive Technology: NVDA 
  • OS: Windows 
  • Tested with Braille: No
  • Tested with Screenreader: Yes
  • Input type: Keyboard

Results for Basic Functionality: 86.67%

Last updated: 12 January 2022

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

These tests were done by kerscher@montana.com.

Summary

Thorium Reader 1.8, available in the Microsoft Store. Tested with NVDA 2021.3.1 on Windows 11. This version of Thorium is highly accessible, and issues from previous versions have been resolved.

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. Pass
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
file-210 Open content Open the Fundamental Accessibility Test book in the reading system. Pass I have set Thorium Reader as my Windows default reader. When I click on an EPUB in File Explorer, Thorium is launched and the book opened. I also have Thorium automatically opening Thorium after an EPUB is downloaded. Both of these behaviors are Windows settings.
file-310 Listing documents Check if you can navigate inside the bookshelf. Pass There is a sophisticated bookshelf system that allows you to manage the titles you have on the system.
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 The table of contents is presented with headings, so you can use heading navigation in the TOC.
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 The navigation from the table of contents to a heading in a chapter works as expected. You are placed at the correct location.
nav-110 Navigate content by pages Check if you can navigate the content by pages. Pass There is a navigation option to go to page. This is populated with the current page. There is also a hot key for this function.
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 Using NVDA, press NVDA key + F7, and tab until you get to heading view. This shows you where you are in the heading structure. Alternatively, you can use the Where am I function ctrl + shift +i to open a modal that shows the heading structure and the page number. Escape out of this and to get back to the exact location, use the next link key (k) to take you to the ___ link at the beginning of the reading pane and press enter. This ___ link stores the last known position for use in a variety of situations.
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 You can use the CTRL + F to go to the search field. Make sure you are in edit mode and type or past in your search term. Tab to the search button and a previous button, next button, and list results button are shown. Activate this link to take you to the location in the book where the search was found.
nav-510 Move across chapters without using TOC Check if you can move across chapters without having to use the Table of Contents. Pass There are several hot keys for this.
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 Remember that screen readers on Windows use a virtual buffer for reading. To set a bookmark at your current reading location, press NVDA Key + enter, and NVDA will say activate. This synchronizes the virtual buffer with the current real location.Then use CTRL + b to set a bookmark. Tip: Try copy the line you are on to the clipboard then Go to the navigation options with CTRL+N and then move down to the bookmarks heading, where the book marks are listed. Press the b key to move to the edit button to rename the bookmark. Paste the line from the clipboard and press enter. This renames the bookmark with the line of text you copied. When you have multiple bookmarks, this renaming of bookmarks makes them easy to use.
anno-110 Review and navigate Bookmarks or Highlights Check if you can review and navigate Bookmarks or Highlights. Pass Go to the list of bookmarks in the navigation area. Select the bookmark you want to go to and press enter. If you renamed the bookmark, it will be easy to go to several places in the book.
anno-210 Add a note Add a Note at this location in the book. Provide a few lines of text in the Note. N/A
anno-310 Review and navigate Notes Check if you can review and navigate Notes. N/A

Results for Non-visual Reading: 100%

Last updated: 12 January 2022

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

These tests were done by kerscher@montana.com.

Summary

Tested on Windows 11 with NVDA 2021.3.1 and Thorium 1.8, available from the Microsoft store. The reading experience is excellent.

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 Works as expected.
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 Works as expected.
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 Works correctly.
reading-310 Image alternate text reading Ensure that the alternate text for the image is available. Pass The alt text is read, and you can read by word or character.
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 Table navigation with NVDA is fully supported.
reading-710 Navigate between internal hyperlinks Check if you can navigate between internal hyperlinks. Pass The internal links are working properly.
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 Navigation by heading and other elements supported by NVDA works as expected.
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 This works as expected

Results for Mathematics: 100%

Last updated: 7 December 2021

Test book used: Accessibility Tests Mathematics, version 1.1.1

These tests were done by kerscher@montana.com.

Summary

Tested on Windows 11 with Thorium Reader 1.7.3, available from the Microsoft Store. I was using NVDA 2021.2 with speech.

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 You are place in the MathML and you can read this using the various NVDA approaches, e.gd using the Access8Math add-in.
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 Works just like Block math.
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: 12 January 2022

Test book used: Accessibility Tests Extended Descriptions, version 1.1.1

These tests were done by kerscher@montana.com.

Summary

reading Tested on Windows 11 with NVDA 2021.3.1 and Thorium 1.8, available from the Microsoft store. The reading experience is excellent. Internal linking is working properly

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 HTML details element expands and collapses as expected. All content can be read using reading functions, e.g. the table reading reading mode is available.
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 to the correct locations are working correctly.