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Thorium Reader  

  • Reading System Thorium Reader  
  • Assistive Technology: Jaws 
  • 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

Tested on Windows 11 using Jaws 2022, and Thorium Reader 1.8 available from the Microsoft Store. This is a great reading experience.

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 No problem starting.
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 Thorium Reader set as my default reading system in Windows. From Windows Explorer, I simply press enter on an EPUB and it opens in Thorium Reader.
file-310 Listing documents Check if you can navigate inside the bookshelf. Pass There is a sophisticated bookshelf function available. When a title is read, it is automatically added to the Bookshelf
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 There is a navigation area and one of the items is table of contents. Pressing enter expands this and the TOC is presented with headings and sub-headings. It is very easy to navigate.
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 to the heading in the chapter is working properly.
nav-110 Navigate content by pages Check if you can navigate the content by pages. Pass The go to page will take you to the beginning of the page
nav-210 Navigate forward and backward through reflowed content Use any control or command to navigate forward and backwards in the book content. Pass No problem moving around in the content.
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 There is a hot key, CTRL + Shift +i which opens a "where am I" box. Escape closes this model. You can use the ___ link at the beginning of the chapter to take you back to the exact location.
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 Use the hot key to open the search from the chapter. Enter your search term. The list of results will take you to the exact location.
nav-510 Move across chapters without using TOC Check if you can move across chapters without having to use the Table of Contents. Pass Thorium provides hot keys for moving to the next chapter.
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 Screen readers have a virtual buffer for reading. While in virtual reading mode, I perform a left mouse click Jaws key blus 8 to coordinate the virtual buffer with the reading system. I then perform the CTRL + B to set the bookmark. I will copy text from that line and go to the navigation area and down to bookmarks and edit the name and paste the content of the clipboard and press enter. Pressing the bookmark takes you to the exact location.
anno-110 Review and navigate Bookmarks or Highlights Check if you can review and navigate Bookmarks or Highlights. Pass You can go to the list of bookmarks and press enter to go to that location.
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 This feature has not been implemented.
anno-310 Review and navigate Notes Check if you can review and navigate Notes. N/A This feature has not been implemented.

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 using Jaws 2022, and Thorium Reader 1.8 available from the Microsoft Store. This is a great reading experience.

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 using normal Jaws reading command.
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 Reading order is correct.
reading-310 Image alternate text reading Ensure that the alternate text for the image is available. Pass Alt text was properly read, and you can read by character and word.
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 I used the Jaws reading speed controls.
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 The reading was correct as in other content and applications, such as a web page.
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 reading commands worked as expected.
reading-710 Navigate between internal hyperlinks Check if you can navigate between internal hyperlinks. Pass The internal links worked as expected.
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 Simply use normal Jaws reading commands.
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 Use the arrow keys to move through characters.
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 Normal Jaws reading commands work fine.
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 Use normal Jaws commands for navigation to headings.
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 Use normal copy and paste commands.

Results for Mathematics: 100%

Last updated: 12 January 2022

Test book used: Accessibility Tests Mathematics, version 1.1.1

These tests were done by kerscher@montana.com.

Summary

Tested on Windows 11 using Jaws 2022, and Thorium Reader 1.8 available from the Microsoft Store. This is a great reading experience.

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 Reading MathML in Thorium with a screen reader requires that you turn off MathJax. In the book reading settings open the display properties and uncheck MathJax. Save the configuration in the configuration section. Jaws internal MathML reading modes can then be used.
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 properly.
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 details are expanded and the MathML is read properly.
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 This is simply reading the alt text of the image.

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

Tested on Windows 11 using Jaws 2022, and Thorium Reader 1.8 available from the Microsoft Store. This is a great reading experience.

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 expands and collapses as expected. other reading features 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 take you to the exact location.