I'm posting a quick technology test to see if a new display method is working for our visually challenged users. The following test is a simple base menu with a basic set of graphical buttons that are navigable via keyboard. I'm looking for feedback on whether these 'show up' properly for users using screen readers before implementing this new method in the platform proper.
Download Screen Reader Test 4 (450KB)
Just download and run it. It has no external dependencies or anything else. Only the close button will do anything functionally. Please report back if this worked properly with your screen reader as well as which screen reader you use. If you don't use one but know someone who does, please recruit them to try it out!
Additionally, I am looking for confirmation that this works on different DPI settings in terms of display. If, after browsing the existing comments, you could post about any success or failure you have with non-standard DPI settings (not 96 DPI) on different versions of Windows as well as Wine, preferably with screenshots, that would be helpful as well. Please read through the comments first to ensure what you are posting about isn't already reported.
Thanks for your help in making the platform accessible.
- Pink corners will appear in the upper right and upper left when run on Windows 2000/XP. This will be fixed in final the same way we fix it in the current menu.
- The font size of the app list and folders does not increase as you alter the DPI settings in Windows. We'll either address this with the manual 'Large Fonts' setting in the platform or detect DPI settings in Windows and adjust the fonts proportionally.
- The app icons and folder icons do not scale as the menu scales up. We don't yet have a fix for this issue.
- Windows 2000 shows black backgrounds around the app icons, folder icons and close button. This is a limitation of Windows 2000's handling of images (doesn't support 32-bit alpha transparency) and will likely remain an issue.
UPDATE TEST 2: Added "Close" caption to the X button in the lower right that is compatible with screen readers.
UPDATE TEST 3: Added proportional resizing to the background image and a proper form caption of 'PortableApps.com Platform'.
UPDATE TEST 4: Added additional spacing to the close button to ensure Close doesn't show when in Large Fonts mode.