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Voiceover does not announce alfred search results


Lex
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Steps to reproduce:

1. Turn on voiceover (command+f5)

2. Bring up alfred search window by pressing your alfred hotkey

3. type in your query

4. try to navigate search results with keyboard

 

Current results:

I tried to navigate with up/down arrows, tabbing, moving voiceover cursor (with control+option+arrows) but by no mean I was able to hear alfred search results.

 

Expected results:

Voiceover should read results list when user performs standart keyboard navigation with cursor arrows.

 

environment: OS X 10.8.3, the latest alfred 2.

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Glad to hear!

Feel free to ask me for testing, since I am voiceover user myself.

 

Apple has good enough dev documentation about accessibility and quite a few pannels recorded on WWDCs, so I hope it will not take your time too much.

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  • 2 months later...

dear Andrew,

I am Another blind Mac user, and Was really excited to try out Alfred. Unfortunately, it is not yet really usable with voice-over.

Not only the above-mentioned search resultsdisplay, but most of the functions like for example assigning a hotkey needs sighted assistance.

I really hope you can do something, as keyboard-based applications are really something blind people need.

Kind regards,

JPR

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  • 7 months later...

As of January 2014, there is still no VoiceOver support in alfred2.

I may announce that i bought the Powerpack and am using alfred on a business Macbook for productivity purposes.

As a paying customer i would expect support for visually impaired users. Apple offers a great accessibility-api and is known for it's universal design and accessibility approach, that sets Apple Products apart from it's competitors.

Since the first request in the thread was postet nealry a year ago, it seems embarrassing that nothing happened in the area during that time.

Don't take me wrong, i love alfred and would not want to live without it anymore. But switching VoiceOver off and on, each time I want to use alfred is no solution. Other colleagues can't use the software at all, even if it would be the perfect tool for blind users.

Best regards,

Andreas.

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As of January 2014, there is still no VoiceOver support in alfred2.

I may announce that i bought the Powerpack and am using alfred on a business Macbook for productivity purposes.

As a paying customer i would expect support for visually impaired users. Apple offers a great accessibility-api and is known for it's universal design and accessibility approach, that sets Apple Products apart from it's competitors.

Since the first request in the thread was postet nealry a year ago, it seems embarrassing that nothing happened in the area during that time.

Don't take me wrong, i love alfred and would not want to live without it anymore. But switching VoiceOver off and on, each time I want to use alfred is no solution. Other colleagues can't use the software at all, even if it would be the perfect tool for blind users.

Best regards,

Andreas.

 

I have had a number of interactions with Apple (official and unofficial) regarding its accessibility API's in relation to Alfred (specifically the nature of the results presentation below a text field), and wanting the results to be read as per Spotlight, but have had the door shut a number of times. Apple have kept the Spotlight accessibility API private and continue to do so.

 

I know that I will be able to get Alfred accessible, but as Alfred doesn't contain standard OS X controls in the main UI, I will have to do a significant amount of lower level bespoke work. The honest truth is, as a single developer, I simply haven't had the time to do this while continuing to develop Alfred and support our users.

 

This is still on the plan for the future.

 

Cheers,

Andrew

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