Opened 4 years ago

Last modified 4 years ago

#18135 new enhancement

Make TorButton more accessible for users depending on screen readers

Reported by: blindmouse Owned by: tbb-team
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Applications/Tor Browser Version:
Severity: Normal Keywords: accessibility tor-usability, tbb-usability
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Description

I know that this is a weird tickit but I am not able to find the green onion I use a screen reader to help me navigate the internet I am able to use most features of tor because all its menus and the address bar are tagged in clear text so my screen reader is able to read it however when tabbing between the address bar and the search bar i do not hear the green onion anywhere I am not sure on what would fix this i think if the onion could be labeledclearly and tagged my screen reader may understand it if you guys need more information please post back on this tickit and i will reply when i can Thank you for your help ps i ahve also tabed passed the search box and i just see a list of search engines.

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comment:1 Changed 4 years ago by cypherpunks

Component: - Select a componentTor Browser
Keywords: accessibility added
Owner: set to tbb-team
Summary: trouble to find the greem onionMake TorButton more accessible for users depending on screen readers

comment:2 in reply to:  1 Changed 4 years ago by blindmouse

thanks for changing the ticket to soit made more sense I did not know about the tor button i just herd people referring to it as the green onion and thanks for adding the correct keywords as well not sure on if i should have added accessibility in

comment:3 Changed 4 years ago by cypherpunks

Hi blindmouse.

Yes, the Torbutton is a button with a green onion as icon. More precisely, Torbutton is an addon which is a very important part of the Tor Browser distribution. This addon places the green onion button in the browsers toolbar. By default it's positioned to the left of the URL address bar.

I was going to link you to a document (the README file in Torbutton's code repository) with a bit more information on what Torbutton does and how to use it but it looks like that documentation is extremely outdated. I think another ticket for fixing that is in order.

But, briefly, Torbutton provides a menu through which one can:

  • control certain aspects of the browsing session ("new identity", "new Tor circuit");
  • select privacy and security preferences;
  • configure a few networking settings;
  • and learn about the Tor circuit being used currently.

Can you provide some information about your software stack? Things like operating system, Tor Browser variant, screen reader software, etc. Knowing this might help reproduce and diagnose the problem. Thanks.

comment:4 Changed 4 years ago by blindmouse

hear is the info i can provide that you have asked for my screen reader is called nvda it can be downloaded at www.nvaccess.org/ i am using the windows 7 operating system my browser variant is tor browser if that is what you meant by browser variant Maybe i am wrong maybe its not the way that tor button is set up maybe my screen reader is limited i could be wrong about the tag but a suggestion that I would like to make if it appears to be my screen reader not reading the toolbars right is could we have the tor button on the menus as well like on tools with the HTTPS menu in tools or when you right click from anywhere in the page you get a sub menu of tor buttons functions just like in no script

comment:5 Changed 4 years ago by gk

Keywords: tor-usability added

comment:6 Changed 4 years ago by bugzilla

Keywords: tbb-usability added
Type: defectenhancement

comment:7 Changed 4 years ago by arma

This user returned to IRC today. One concrete suggestion that seems reasonable would be to add Torbutton to the menu you get when you right-click. Noscript is already there, so the Noscript person has clearly thought this usability part through more. Torbutton could go there too. Then at least this user would have a way to get to Torbutton's menu.

(You can go to addons -> torbutton -> preferences, but that leads you to a different part of Torbutton, which is not the part you can see when you click on the green onion.)

comment:8 Changed 4 years ago by arma

Another option for improved usability is to add a keyboard shortcut for opening the green onion menu.

(Did we intentionally choose not to do this step, for example because we don't want to make it so easy to script a bazillion clicks to 'new identity'? I could see this one going either way. But let's give our sight-impaired users some good consideration first.)

comment:9 in reply to:  7 Changed 4 years ago by cypherpunks

Replying to arma:

One concrete suggestion that seems reasonable would be to add Torbutton to the menu you get when you right-click.

As blindmouse mentions, another option is to put an entry in the 'Tools' menu; HTTPS-E, for example, is already there.

comment:10 in reply to:  8 Changed 4 years ago by cypherpunks

Replying to arma:

Another option for improved usability is to add a keyboard shortcut for opening the green onion menu.

This is related to #17599.

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