custom labels in Voice Over, is it possible?

iOS and iPadOS

First, a brief back story.

Last February when I heard that TiVo now had a screen reader in their DVRs, I bought one. At first it was great, I now had the abilities of TiVo and it was accessible. But since then, with each new software update they'd push out to their DVRs, there'd be yet another accessibility feature that would be broken. Notifying TiVo of these broken features never got any response from them and the broken features stayed broken. Finally this last update that was sent out last week broke the screen reader. Every once in a while it might read something, but most of the time it was silent, as if it had been turned off.

While looking for a temporary way to work around this problem, I discovered that TiVo has an iOS and Android app that allows you to control the DVR from your mobile device, it seems to work, but it isn't perfect because it has a number of unlabeled buttons.

So here is my question. Does Voice Over have a way for me to assign my own labels to these unlabeled buttons? I'm thinking that if I can get sighted help, I can find out what the button does, and provide my own labels.




Submitted by Dave Matters on Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Once on a button you wish to label, 2 finger double-tap and hold until the dialog box pops up asking for the new label.

Good luck

Submitted by Orko on Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Yeah, I guess I might need it, depending on how hard it is for a sighted person to see which control, , or button in this case, has the focus.

I guess I will find out the next time my brother visits. Fun, fun, fun!

Either way, thanks for the help, it's much appreciated.

Submitted by gregg on Tuesday, November 14, 2017

the element which has focus is the one that is labeled. If the changes, VO loses the ability to recognize the labeled element. Example: highlighted when selected and nhilighted when unselected. Labeling elements for changing states will let VO recognize all items labeled

Submitted by Orko on Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Windows puts a dotted line around the control, including its text label, that currently has the focus. My brother says that it can sometimes be very hard to locate if you don't have an idea where the control is, or if the screen reader has moved to a control that is off screen.

I believe the early Macs based on the Motorola 68000 series processors did the same thing. I have no experience with the newer Macs based on modified PCs, so I don't know what they do.

But if Voice Over, or iOS, do a good job of highlighting the control with the focus, it shouldn't be that hard to label those unlabeled buttons.

It will be an interesting experiment either way.