Enabling Access: Setting to turn off picture description

We use Bloom to create an online version of our accessible book library. Our members include children with a range of print disabilities. As we prepare to share our resources, we wonder
a. if there is a way the page turn can be linked to the arrow keys ? Many of our members have motor impairment or low vision.
Many of the users will have to navigate with the equivalent of the left click of a mouse. Others find the small arrow for “turn page” hard to locate and press.

b. We audio describe the images where relevant to users with visual impairment. However, this is hard for children who have attention deficit, and certain visual processing disorders where they are unable to attend to visual and auditory features at the same time.
Is there a way they can choose to turn on/ off the function?

thank you!

With regard to using the arrow keys, there is, apparently, a bug preventing this from happening when the book is first loaded. But after the user clicks the red circle to go to the second page, the arrow keys start working.
I’ve created a card in our bug tracker to fix it for the first load.

Thank you Andrew.
That would be great. It’s not hard to adapt the arrow key on the keyboard but the on screen one is tough!

Any idea for the picture description?

Namita

Unfortunately, I think the turning off of image description audio will have to wait for a new feature.

We’ll aim to add a way to toggle image descriptions on/off in Bloom Reader for November: https://issues.bloomlibrary.org/youtrack/issue/BL-8993

We’ll take up the problem of arrow keys not working initially in the next few weeks: https://issues.bloomlibrary.org/youtrack/issue/BL-8980

Thank you! that would be great. hopefully a small glitch that can easily be fixed

The arrow key bug has been fixed.
Please try it out and let us know if you have any more issues.

Hello Andrew,

I have checked and yes, the page turning using arrow keys does work now! Thank you!

When viewed on the website, I find the audio readout doesn’t start automatically and it requires us to click a play/pause button - was that intentional?

I have checked and yes, the page turning using arrow keys does work now! Thank you!

Great!

When viewed on the website, I find the audio readout doesn’t start automatically and it requires us to click a play/pause button - was that intentional?

Unfortunately, as part of their security, browsers will not allow media to play without something they interpret as interaction from the user. So even though we try to start the audio right away, sometimes it doesn’t work. We are aware of the issue and are looking into anything we can do to improve it (https://issues.bloomlibrary.org/youtrack/issue/BL-8864).

In case this is helpful, it doesn’t seem to show up as a first option on a screen reader, so our users with vision impairment seem to miss it on opening a book.

Users who access the book using adaptive device such as a single click mouse and activating a “scan mode” on screen, will benefit from having clear buttons available for “Read aloud” and “Open book” at start (with ALT labels for vi users) and once the book is open, then buttons for “Next” and “Back” (with ALT labels for vi users)

Namita thank you for helping us get the accessibility of Bloom Player right. I’ve created this google doc for you to give feedback on the steps we will take.

Very glad to help. Please know I am no expert, but can certainly give feedback and also access my experiential experts who are my old students and now volunteers who usually test anything I create, to give us guidance.