Example of going to a link in Tweetings

I wrote this as a post to the Eyes-Free Google Group and thought I’d share the info on my blog for those who might be interested and are not on the Eyes-Free email list.

There was a discussion about the accessibility of Android Twitter apps and the ability to click on a link that is in a tweet.
The info below is what I sent to the list, so those who don’t use Tweetings, the app I use can get a look into how accessible clicking on a link is with Tweetings.

I thought I’d try to share the experience I have with Tweetings.

The contents of the tweet below was copied using the copy last utterance in TalkBack.

I’m not going to promise someone, it is this way in each and every tweet every single time, just an example of a tweet I opened.

I Opened Tweetings, opened the menu in the upper right corner and selected Jump To Top.
That is where that option is based on the layout I’m using.
I moved my finger down the list of tweets and heard this:

BlindBeader, New blog post: Your Fear is Not my Reality
blindbeader.wordpress.com/2017/10/21/you… #Disability #Employment #ND… less than a minute ago

I double tapped on that to open the tweet.
Talkback read the title and I started moving my finger down the screen.

New blog post: Your Fear is Not my Reality
blindbeader.wordpress.com/2017/10/21/you… #Disability #Employment #NDEAM

After reading that, TalkBack said Double Tap To Activate, Double Tap & Hold To Long Press.
Double Tapping on the text of the tweet opened the blog post in Chrome.

If I move further down the screen with my finger I hear the number of likes for this tweet.
Talkback reads:

3, Likes, Out of list
Then says Double Tap to Activate.
If I double tap on that, Tweetings opens a screen showing the 3 people who have liked it and info from their profile next to their name.

I used the back gesture to go back to the previous screen.

Moving down to the next item, TalkBack reads:
View on blindbeader.wordpress.com
and I hear Talkback say Double Tap To Activate.
Double tapping on the above info also took me to the blog post in Chrome.

I tried this with four other tweets that had a link to a web page and had the same experience.
Oh, forgot to mention, all of the details of the tweets were in a list.

Just sharing my experience,
Steve

Here is a link to Tweetings For Twitter on the Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dwdesign.tweetings&hl=en

Here is a email address you can send a new message to & join the Eyes-Free Google Group. Its a list of people using Android phones, tablets & sometimes other devices. Its a great group of people with a wide range of devices and also a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. “eyes-free+subscribe@googlegroups.com”

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List Of Accessible Android Apps October 2017

This is a list of accessible apps I’m currently using on my LG G6. I use a Logitech K380 keyboard along with touch with these apps. I am able to do what I need to do in these apps, so I consider them accessible, your mileage may vary.

Allo
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.fireball

Amazon Alexa
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.dee.app

AquaMail
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.kman.AquaMail

Be My Eyes
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bemyeyes.bemyeyes

Calendar
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.calendar

Clipper Sync Plugin
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.clippersync.android.plugin

Clipper+
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fi.rojekti.clipper

Freemotion change
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.visionandroid.apps.motionsensor

Google Opinion Rewards
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.paidtasks

iHeartRadio
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.clearchannel.iheartradio.controller

KNFB Reader
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sensotec.knfbreader

LastPass
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lastpass.lpandroid

Lyft
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.lyft.android

MacroDroid
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arlosoft.macrodroid

Music Folder Player Full
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.zorillasoft.musicfolderplayer.donate

My App List
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.projectsexception.myapplist

Netflix
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.netflix.mediaclient

NFC Labeler
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.gersoft.nfclabeler

Nova Launcher
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher

Nova Launcher Prime
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher.prime

OneDrive
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.skydrive

ParcelTrack
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.uberblic.parceltrack

Pocket Casts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.shiftyjelly.pocketcasts

RideKCFreedom
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mtdata.ridekcfreedom

Shouter
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bhkapps.proshouter

TapTapSee
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.msearcher.taptapsee.android

Trusted Contacts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.emergencyassist

Tweetings
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dwdesign.tweetings

Uber
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab

UberEATS
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab.eats

VLC
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.videolan.vlc

Vocalizer Voices
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=es.codefactory.vocalizertts

Weather Timeline
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.samruston.weather

Shared by ‘My App List’
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.projectsexception.myapplist

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A Brief Trial Of Hulu

A Brief Trial Of Hulu

Yesterday I did a brief trial of Hulu. I’m calling it brief because I encountered enough to know it isn’t a service for me.

I knew going in that Hulu doesn’t have television shows or movies that are described like Netflix and Amazon Video offers, so my disappointment isn’t related to that.

I created my trial account on the hulu web site then added the app to my Fire TV.

One thing that I noticed with the Hulu app on Fire TV is they offered an easy way to sign in, that I wish other apps would offer. Other than signing in the normal way with an email address and password, the Hulu App has an option to let you sign in on a computer and it gives you a code to enter on the web site.
The instant that I pressed enter from the web site, I could tell the app on Fire TV was activated.

Navigating the Hulu app worked the same as the Netflix app and the Fire TV. The exception with the Hulu app is only so many shows or movies were able to be in a list at a time. After that there is a more button. When you press select and down arrow, using the Fire TV remote, you hear nothing. There are items there, if I press select, something is selected but I have no idea what.
In the Netflix app and in Fire TV everything is available for you to scroll or arrow through, everything is spoken by Voice View.

The other big show stopper for me is trying to play previous seasons of a tv show. I can play the current season of The Simpsons or South Park just fine, but I couldn’t find a way in the Hulu app on Fire TV to do this.
I know its possible because its available in the Netflix app and also shows that are on Fire TV.

I felt like I was more restricted in what I could do using the Hulu app compared to what I can do with the Netflix app or content available on Fire TV.

Lastly, I tried to cancel my trial subscription on the Hulu web site. The option was there on the screen to cancel a subscription but there was no way I could activate it using screen reading software. I had to get my Wife to cancel the subscription for me. She told me it wasn’t an easy process as Hulu tries hard to not let you cancel even a trial membership. After several questions and surveys and are you really really really sure, she was finally able to cancel.

Hulu has got some work to do if they want my business. I’m willing to pay for a subscription, even a higher priced one for no ads. First they need to make their Fire TV app fully accessible. Anyone from Hulu only needs to use the Netflix app with Voice View to see how its done right.

Hulu should at least pass along the audio description for shows & movies that already have it. The Simpsons has been described for many years and to hold it back is just a slap in the face to their customers who are blind or visually impaired. It is their choice to not include description on shows or movies they produce, but at least allow that content to get to your customers if its already part of the program.

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New Phones & Accessible Apps

In addition to the accessible apps that I’m using, I thought I’d include info on the new phone I got and accessories.

My Wife and I got rid of our Note 5’s and now have the LG G6.
It was time for a new phone and there wasn’t anything in the Note 8 that interested me.
I considered the Essential phone but am a bit hesitant to buy from a company who has never sold a phone before. I’m sure it’ll work fine, I just don’t want to spend my money to be the one to find out.
There were other phones that I looked at but one of the things I require is NFC. I use it with NFC tags for labeling items all through our house. Some companies like Lenovo decided to disable NFC in the United States, because they think we don’t use wireless payments enough. They don’t know that NFC can be used for more than payments.

The best phone out there that meets my needs is the LG G6. It was after a 5 month follow up review from Android Police saying its still working fine and no issues that I decided it was time to upgrade.

The one item that I didn’t buy for my new phone was a Micro SD card. I had a 128GB card and the 256GB cards are just too expensive right now, at least for my wallet.

USB C Cable RAMPOW Type C to USB 3.0 Braided Charging Cable
https://goo.gl/B5FTWi

I got these cables to use with the charger I got with my phone. I keep that charger plugged-in behind the couch and these longer cables make it easier for me.

LG G6 Case, (Savant – Black) (Wallet Card Storage) Premium PU Leather Wallet (Slim Portfolio https://goo.gl/mngGTc

I prefer a case that covers the screen. Its just one more layer of protection. It has a magnetic clip that keeps the case closed. You can fold the cover of this case towards the back and the magnetic clip will hold the cover there, in the open position.
There aren’t any problems with connecting a cable for charging or data transfer, using the fingerprint sensor / power key or the camera. This is a nice feeling case that enhances the phone.

Wireless Charger, CHOETECH Qi Wireless Charging Pad
https://goo.gl/UuMvF2

The LG G6 doesn’t do fast wireless charging, but that is okay for me. I keep this charging pad on my night stand. It is a non-slip charging pad and its easy to put the phone on the pad and I’ll hear within a few seconds if the phone is charging, or if I need to reposition the phone on the charging pad. Since I do this overnight, it doesn’t matter that it isn’t fast charging. This charging pad does work through the case on my phone.
When I wake up in the morning, the phone is a little warm from the overnight charging, but it isn’t hot.

HARDKING LG G6 Screen Protector, [2 Pack]
https://goo.gl/LsiG1w

This screen protector has a nice feel, no issues with responsiveness, and keeps the screen from getting scratched or damaged. We keep an extra set of these around, just in case we’d ever need to replace the one on the phone.

Accessible Apps
This is a list of the apps that I’m using on my LG G6. I use a bluetooth keyboard, touch, or sometimes a combination of both in an app. I can do what I need to do in these apps, so I consider them to be accessible. Your mileage may vary.
I’m using the Vocalizer Nathan voice with TalkBack and I use a Logitech K380 multi-device bluetooth keyboard.

Allo
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.fireball

Amazon Alexa
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.dee.app

AquaMail
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.kman.AquaMail

AquaMail Pro Unlocker
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.kman.AquaMail.UnlockerMarket

Calendar
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.calendar

Clipper Sync Plugin
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.clippersync.android.plugin

Clipper+
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fi.rojekti.clipper

Google Opinion Rewards
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.paidtasks

iHeartRadio
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.clearchannel.iheartradio.controller

KNFB Reader
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sensotec.knfbreader

LastPass
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lastpass.lpandroid

MacroDroid
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arlosoft.macrodroid

Music Folder Player Full
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.zorillasoft.musicfolderplayer.donate

My App List
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.projectsexception.myapplist

Netflix
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.netflix.mediaclient

NextRadio
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nextradioapp.nextradio

NFC Labeler
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.gersoft.nfclabeler

Nova Launcher
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher

Nova Launcher Prime
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher.prime

ParcelTrack
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.uberblic.parceltrack

Pocket Casts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.shiftyjelly.pocketcasts

RideKCFreedom
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mtdata.ridekcfreedom

Shouter
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bhkapps.proshouter

TapTapSee
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.msearcher.taptapsee.android

Trusted Contacts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.emergencyassist

TuneIn Radio Pro
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=radiotime.player

Tweetings
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dwdesign.tweetings

Uber
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab

VLC
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.videolan.vlc

Vocalizer Voices
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=es.codefactory.vocalizertts

Weather Timeline
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.samruston.weather

Shared by ‘My App List’
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.projectsexception.myapplist

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Accessible Android Apps August 2017

This is a list of apps that I’m currently using on my phone.
I consider these apps to be accessible for me as I can use them by touch, external keyboard or a combination of both.
I publish this list to offer apps that are accessible but also as a suggestion in case you are looking for a different app that might be easier to use.
I use a Logitech K380 keyboard with my phone, again because its accessible for me. It easily slips into my backpack, has a power switch on the left edge, and you switch devices by pressing the F1, F2, or F3 keys.

Acapela TTS Voices
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.acapelagroup.android.tts

AccuWeather
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.accuweather.paid.android

Allo
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.fireball

Amazon
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.mShop.android

Amazon Alexa
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.dee.app

AquaMail
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.kman.AquaMail

AquaMail Pro Unlocker
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.kman.AquaMail.UnlockerMarket

Calendar
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.calendar

Clipper Sync Plugin
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.clippersync.android.plugin

Clipper+
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fi.rojekti.clipper

File Manager
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fm.clean

Freemotion change
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.visionandroid.apps.motionsensor

Google Opinion Rewards
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.paidtasks

IDEAL Currency Identifier
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.ideal.currencyid

KNFB Reader
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sensotec.knfbreader

LastPass
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lastpass.lpandroid

MacroDroid
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arlosoft.macrodroid

Messages
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.messaging

My App List
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.projectsexception.myapplist

Netflix
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.netflix.mediaclient

NextRadio
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nextradioapp.nextradio

NFC Labeler
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.gersoft.nfclabeler

Nova Launcher
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher

Nova Launcher Prime
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher.prime

ParcelTrack
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.uberblic.parceltrack

Pocket Casts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.shiftyjelly.pocketcasts

Prime Video
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.avod.thirdpartyclient

RideKCFreedom
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mtdata.ridekcfreedom

Shouter
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bhkapps.proshouter

SwiftKey Keyboard
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.touchtype.swiftkey

TalkBack
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.marvin.talkback

TapTapSee
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.msearcher.taptapsee.android

Trusted Contacts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.emergencyassist

Tweetings
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dwdesign.tweetings

Uber
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab

VLC
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.videolan.vlc

If you would like a copy of my collection of .m3u files that I use with VLC, here is a DropBox link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/7cz8kk107yy7rzf/Streaming.zip?dl=0

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Collection Of Audio Streaming Files

Below is a Drop Box link to a zipped copy of the 25 streaming media files that I have on my phone.
I use VLC on my Samsung Note 5 to listen but since they are just .m3u files you can listen to them on your computer or any device / player that will stream these files.

Its a collection of channels from BananaVision, Blindy TV, News, Old Time Radio streams, The Listen Factor, & Twit.TV.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7cz8kk107yy7rzf/Streaming.zip?dl=0

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Making Thunderbird Accessible

Thunderbird is the e-mail client that I use. It has all of the settings for G mail and many other popular e-mail services.

One way to download and install ThunderBird is to go to ninite and download their installer which will make it very easy. You can go to their accessible programs page at: https://ninite.com/accessible

Thunderbird can be very accessible but there are a few changes that need to be made. Below you’ll find how I have the settings in ThunderBird for my use. I use it with NVDA and this setup works very well for me.

One of the first things you’ll find after setting up your email account is ThunderBird’s Calendar.
I find it a pain and its easy to disable, Press tab or shift tab until you get to:
alert Thunderbird now contains calendaring functionality by integrating the Lightning extension. Disable button Alt+D
After pressing space bar on disable you’ll hear the following message:
alert Lightning will be removed the next time you restart Thunderbird. You can add it again at any time using the Add-ons Manager.
You should restart ThunderBird at this point either by using alt F4 to exit or pressing space bar on the restart button.

In the main screen of Thunderbird
Press alt followed by V for the View Menu.
Today Pane subMenu T 1 of 3
Show Today Pane F11 checked o 1 of 1 level 1
Press enter on that item to uncheck it.
You’ll hear this message after unchecking that item:
alert Lightning will be removed the next time you restart Thunderbird. You can add it again at any time using the Add-ons Manager.
You should restart ThunderBird at this point either by using alt F4 to exit or pressing space bar on the restart button.
After you restart you’ll find that the Today and Calendar options that were in the View menu have gone away.

In the main screen of Thunderbird
Press alt followed by v for the View Menu.
Toolbars subMenu T 1 of 3
I have all of the ToolBars in this section unchecked.

Layout subMenu L 2 of 3
Classic View radio menu item checked 1 of 3 level 1
Message Pane F8 not checked 3 of 3 level 1
The message pane is not something I use, you can toggle it on or off by pressing F8 from within Thunderbird if you want to use it.

To get to Thunderbird’s Options from the main screen press alt, followed by t for tools then o for options.

General 1 of 8
When Thunderbird launches, show the Start Page in the message area check box not checked

When new messages arrive: grouping
Show an alert check box not checked
Show a tray icon check box not checked
Play a sound check box checked

Display 2 of 8
Advanced tab selected 3 of 3
Open messages in: grouping
A new message window radio button checked 2 of 3

Composition 3 of 8
General tab 1 of 3
Confirm when using keyboard shortcut to send message check box not checked

Composition 3 of 8
Spelling tab 3 of 3
Check spelling before sending check box checked
Enable spell check as you type check box not checked

Those few changes should make a big difference in the accessibility of Thunderbird.
If you would like to disable the ability to click on a link in email, you can find directions in another blog post at: https://blindbites.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/how-to-disable-links-in-thunderbird/

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