WebAIM: Using VoiceOver to Evaluate Web Accessibility

Using VoiceOver to Evaluate Web Accessibility

Article Contents

  • Introduction
  • Getting Started
  • Reading
  • Navigation
  • Other useful shortcut keys
  • Images
  • Data Tables
  • Forms
  • Practice
  • VoiceOver on Mobile
  • Introduction

    VoiceOver is a screen reader program that comes on new Mac computers, iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. This article is designed to help users who are new to VoiceOver learn the basic controls for testing web content, and to serve as a reference for the occasional VoiceOver user.

    While reading this article, keep a few things in mind:

    • This article does not contain a comprehensive list of VoiceOver shortcuts. It does provide a list of the essential commands that new or novice VoiceOver users should know. For a more comprehensive list of VoiceOver keyboard shortcuts, see the VoiceOver Commands Chart. The VoiceOver Getting Started Guide is also available.
    • If you are new to screen readers, plan on spending some time (perhaps several hours) becoming comfortable using VoiceOver. Don’t get discouraged if things still seem confusing after only a few minutes. Slow down the reading speed and take your time.
    • While VoiceOver is available on most Apple platforms, this guide will primarily focus on using the OS X version of VoiceOver.

    Getting Started

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