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Play Books 5.1.2

  • Assistive Technology: Voiceover 
  • OS: iOS 12.1.3
  • Tested with Braille: No
  • Tested with Screenreader: Yes
  • Input type: Touch

Results for Basic Functionality: 53.33%

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

These tests were done by Prashant Ranjan Verma.

Summary

The app is not suitable for reading with Voiceover. Navigation options are limited. The features not supported are: identifying hierarchy in TOC items, Navigation from TOC to sections, Navigation by Print page breaks, Checking current location information, Text Search, Adding notes, Navigation in tables, Block navigation with Voiceover, Navigation between internal hyperlinks, Navigation by lines and Headings and Text selection/copy.

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 The test book was uploaded to Play Books from email attachment.
file-310 Listing documents Check if you can navigate inside the bookshelf. Pass
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 Fail The TOC hierarchy is not reported by Voiceover. All the sections and sub-sections are read similarly.
nav-010 Navigate to chapters through the Table of Contents Check if you can navigate to a section by using the table of contents. Fail After selecting a TOC item, Voiceover focus does not move to the desired location. Voiceover reading cannot be started from anywhere near the selected section.
nav-110 Navigate content by pages Check if you can navigate the content by pages. Fail
nav-210 Navigate forward and backward through reflowed content Use any control or command to navigate forward and backwards in the book content. Pass Horizontal swiping with three fingers can be used to navigate by reflowed pages.
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. Fail Current section name and page number cannot be determined.
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. Fail The search results are not read completely by Voiceover and after selecting the search result, the destination text cannot be read by Voiceover. In fact, Voiceover tends to read parts of passages not visible or relevant.
nav-510 Move across chapters without using TOC Check if you can move across chapters without having to use the Table of Contents. Pass
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
anno-110 Review and navigate Bookmarks or Highlights Check if you can review and navigate Bookmarks or Highlights. Pass
anno-210 Add a note Add a Note at this location in the book. Provide a few lines of text in the Note. Fail Feature not supported with Voiceover
anno-310 Review and navigate Notes Check if you can review and navigate Notes. Fail Notes could not be added and hence could not be reviewed.

Results for Non-visual Reading: 57.14%

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

These tests were done by Prashant Ranjan Verma.

Summary

The app is not suitable for reading with Voiceover. Navigation options are limited. The features not supported are: identifying hierarchy in TOC items, Navigation from TOC to sections, Navigation by Print page breaks, Checking current location information, Text Search, Adding notes, Navigation in tables, Block navigation with Voiceover, Navigation between internal hyperlinks, Navigation by lines and Headings and Text selection/copy.

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 The text is not highlighted while reading but it remains in view
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 can be stopped and started using the two finger single tap gesture.
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 Fail Table is read like plain text, no navigation is available with Voiceover.
reading-710 Navigate between internal hyperlinks Check if you can navigate between internal hyperlinks. Fail Navigation to hyperlinks is not supported by Voiceover, hence selection of the link for activation is not possible. Using explore by touch method the links can be activated.
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. Fail Only Word and Character navigation mode is supported.
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. Fail On using line navigation, the Voiceover reads by paragraphs.
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. Fail Headings not identified.
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. Fail Text cannot be selected.