Reading System Evaluations

Information About Test Categories

Essential and Advanced results are presented in this table. The Essential category has several subcategories presented. Reading systems should aim to achieve a full score in these essential tests.

The Advanced subcategories are quite unique and Reading Systems are not expected to achieve a full score in each and every subcategory. The objectives of the advanced subcategories are:

  • They show us which features are supported in the Reading Systems. Based on these results, we may provide recommendations to application developers.
  • We learn which Assistive Technologies support various features being tested. We may provide guidance to AT developers based on these results.
  • We can make “best practice” recommendations to authors and publishers based on these results. We will evaluate the results so that we can attain the best reading experience and avoid recommending the lowest common supported implementations.
  • Advanced subcategories will prepare Reading Systems for future accessibility advancements. As we make progress and raise the bar for accessibility, advanced tests will become fundamental tests.

The following reading systems have been evaluated:

Table view: Basic | Fixed Header | Scrolled (The basic view is best for screen readers.)

Reading System Essential Advanced
Name AT Basic Functionality Non-Visual Reading Visual Adjustment Tests Read Aloud Media Overlays Math Extended Descriptions
VitalSource Bookshelf Online v 2017 (Windows 10) JAWS for Windows (18) Internet Explorer 11. 92.3% 100% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Adobe Digital Editions v 4.5.1.0 (Windows 8.1) JAWS 18 76.9% 100% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Cloudshelf v 1.0.1 (iOS 11.2) iOS Not Tested Not Tested 87.5% 0% 61.5% Not Tested Not Tested
Cloudshelf v 1.0.1 (iOS 11.2) Voiceover 76.9% 100% Not Tested Not Tested 61.5% Not Tested Not Tested
Microsoft Edge v 40.15031.0.0 (Windows 10) Not Tested Not Tested 100% 87.5% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Microsoft Edge v 40.15031.0.0 (Windows 10) NVDA 2018.2.1 92.3% 100% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Dolphin EasyReader v 1.7 (iOS 11.2) Voiceover 100% 92.3% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Dolphin EasyReader v 1.7 (iOS 11.2) Read-Aloud and VoiceOver 92.3% Not Tested 75% 100% 76.9% Not Tested Not Tested
Dolphin EasyReader v 7.0.6 (Windows Windows 10) NVDA 2017.2 92.3% 92.3% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Dolphin EasyReader v 7.0.6 (Windows Windows 10) 92.3% Not Tested 75% 100% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Simply Reading by DAISY Consortium v 3.0.6 (Android 7.0) Talkback 100% 84.6% Not Tested Not Tested 84.6% Not Tested Not Tested
Simply Reading by DAISY Consortium v 3.0.6 (Android 7.0) Not Tested Not Tested 100% 0% 84.6% Not Tested Not Tested
Voice Dream Reader v 4.3.0 (iOS ) Voiceover 92.3% 69.2% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Voice Dream Reader v 4.3.0 (iOS ) Not Tested Not Tested 75% 100% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Capti Voice Narrator v 2.8.1 (iOS 11.2) Voiceover 76.9% 69.2% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Capti Voice Narrator v 2.8.1 (iOS 11.2) Not Tested Not Tested 100% 100% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
VoiceDream Reader v 1.3.4 (Android see notes) Talkback v5.2.1 84.6% 38.5% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Kindle for PC v 1.20.1 (Windows 10) Not Tested Not Tested 100% 75% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Kindle for PC v 1.20.1 (Windows 10) NVDA 2018.1.1 84.6% 84.6% Not Tested 75% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Microsoft Edge v 40.15031.0.0 (Windows 10) Jaws 2018 build 1710.1 76.9% 100% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
VitalSource Bookshelf Online v 2017 (Windows 10) NVDA 2017.3 Firefox V56 92.3% 100% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
VitalSource Bookshelf Online v 2017 (Windows 10) NVDA 2017.3, Baum Varioultra 20 Braille Display 92.3% 100% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
VitalSource Bookshelf Online v 2017 (Windows 10) NVDA 2017.3 92.3% 100% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
VitalSource Bookshelf Online v 2017 (Windows 10) NVDA 2017.3, Baum Varioultra 20 Braille display 92.3% 100% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
VitalSource Bookshelf Online v 2017 (Windows 10) NVDA 2017.3, Baum Varioultra 20 Braille Display 92.3% 100% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
VitalSource Bookshelf Online v 2017 (Windows 10) JAWS 18 and Baum Varioultra Braille display 92.3% 100% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
VitalSource Bookshelf Online v 2017 (Windows 10) JAWS 18 92.3% 100% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
VitalSource Bookshelf Online v 2017 (Windows 10) JAWS and Varioultra Braille display. 92.3% 100% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
VitalSource Bookshelf Online v 2017 (Windows 10) JAWS 18 92.3% 100% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
VitalSource Bookshelf Online v 2017 (Windows 10) JAWS 18 and Baum Varioultra Braille display 92.3% 100% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
VitalSource Bookshelf Online v 2017 (Windows 10) NVDA 2017.3, Baum Varioultra Braille display 92.3% 100% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
VitalSource Bookshelf Online v 2017 (Windows 10) Voiceover 92.3% 100% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
VitalSource Bookshelf Online v 2017 (Windows 10) Voiceover, Baum Varioultra Braille display 92.3% 100% Not Tested 0% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Dolphin EasyReader v 7.06 (Windows Windows 10) None Not Tested Not Tested 75% 100% 0% Not Tested Not Tested
Adobe Digital Editions v 4.5.6.177.148 (Windows Windows 10) 0% Not Tested 75% 0% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Adobe Digital Editions v 4.5.6.177.148 (Windows Windows 10) EcoBraille Plus with NVDA 2018.1.1 84.6% 92.3% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Dolphin EasyReader v 1.1.311 (Android 8.1.0) Not Tested Not Tested 75% 100% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Dolphin EasyReader v 1.1.311 (Android 8.1.0) Talkback 100% 84.6% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Kindle v 8.0.0.73 (Android 8.0.1) Not Tested Not Tested 100% 0% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Kindle v 8.0.0.73 (Android 8.0.1) Talkback 84.6% 61.5% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Play Books v 3.15.5 (Android 8.1.0) Not Tested Not Tested 75% 75% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Play Books v 3.15.5 (Android 8.1.0) Talkback 92.3% 69.2% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Voicedream Reader v 1.3.4 (Android 8.1.0) Not Tested Not Tested 75% 100% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Dolphin EasyReader v 1.4.149 (iOS 10.3.3) Not Tested Not Tested 75% 100% Not Tested 33.3% Not Tested
Play Books v 3.1.2 (iOS 10.3.3) Not Tested Not Tested 75% 0% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Play Books v 3.1.2 (iOS 10.3.3) Voiceover 76.9% 69.2% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
iBooks v 4.13 (iOS 10.3.3) Not Tested Not Tested 100% 0% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
iBooks v 4.13 (iOS 10.3.3) Voiceover 76.9% 76.9% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
iBooks v 4.13 (iOS 10.3.3) VoiceOver 69.2% 76.9% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Kindle v 6.0.3 (iOS 10.3.3) Not Tested Not Tested 100% 0% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Kindle v 6.0.3 (iOS 10.3.3) Voiceover 84.6% 61.5% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Kobo v 9.0.4 (iOS 10.3.3) Not Tested Not Tested 100% 0% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Readium Chrome extension v 2.29.0 (Windows 7) NVDA v2017.4 30.8% 92.3% Not Tested Not Tested 53.8% Not Tested Not Tested
Readium Chrome extension v 2.29.0 (Windows 7) Not Tested Not Tested 87.5% 0% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Calibre v 3.15 (Windows 7) Not Tested Not Tested 87.5% 0% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Azardi v 43.1 (Windows 10) EcoBraille-80 with NVDA 2018.1.1 53.8% 92.3% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Texthelp PDF and ePub Reader (Chrome Extension) v 2.0.78 (Chrome OS 63.0.239.140) Not Tested Not Tested 75% 62.5% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Readium Cloud Reader v 2.31.0 (Chrome OS 65.0.3325.184) Read & Write for Google Chrome version 1.8.0.133 69.2% 84.6% Not Tested Not Tested 61.5% Not Tested Not Tested
IBOOKS v 4.16 (3828.26) (IOS 11.3 (15E216)) VoiceOver 76.9% 76.9% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
IBOOKS v 1.14 (1458.15) (OSX 10.13.4) VoiceOver 76.9% 69.2% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Azardi v 43.1 (Windows 10 Pro, 1709) Windows 10 Magnifier (500%), Colors & High Contrast 76.9% Not Tested 62.5% 0% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Marvin 3 v 3.1.2 (iOS 11.3) VoiceOver 53.8% 92.3% Not Tested 75% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Marvin 3 v 3.1.2 (iOS 11.3) Not Tested Not Tested 87.5% 75% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
Kurzweil 3000 v 15.22 build 6661 (Windows 10) None 76.9% Not Tested 75% 100% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
RedShelf v 6.0.0 (Windows 10) Jaws 2018 with Internet Explorer 92.3% 100% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
RedShelf v 6.0.0 (Windows 10) Visual adjustments on Chrome browser Not Tested Not Tested 75% 62.5% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested
RedShelf v 6.0.0 (Windows 10) NVDA 2018.2 with Firefox 61.0.1 84.6% 100% Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested

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