I am having a few issues with braille on the latest version of the Mac operating system. I want to see if others are experiencing these issues before I send them to Apple Accessibility.
The first issue concerns navigating websites and reading chunks of plain text. When I move between elements from headings, I find that braille support doesn't follow speech. For example, moving to the heading for a message in a forum topic and moving to the text works up until I reach the first chunk of plain text where the message starts. When I move to the text, the braille display either shows a random chunk of the text or displays random parts of the site. Usually, this seems to be the top of the page with the skip navigation link and content under that. Meanwhile, the speech and focus remain within the text. The focus seems to be synced if I move to the second chunk of text or something else like links or controls that are located next to the text in the navigation order. Can anyone confirm this? It is extremely annoying! I have to resort to either pan the display all the way down or just use speech. I wonder if these are linked to the deeper accessibility issues with Safari and text fields?
The second issue concerns Skype. When I move between chat messages in the scroll area with the left and right commands, the braille display doesn't follow the command. I am forced to manually pan the display and go through all the messages. I suspect this is either a bug with Skype, or a bug with content areas that contain text. I'm thinking it's a Skype issue, since Messages works just fine when I use VO navigation commands to move around. If someone can confirm this, that would be great as well. If it's an issue with Skype, we should report this to the Skype team.
I have been experiencing these bugs for a few years now, so I think they are actually part of the OS. I have done clean installs when new versions come out and these persist. Any feedback is appreciated.