1. Introduction

Activity 2: Set Up and Use ChromeVox

Set Up and Use ChromeVox

Key Point:

  • If you are blind and use a screen reader other than ChromeVox, complete the activity using your preferred screen reader. Be sure to state the name of the screen reader you are using.
  • If you are not blind, regardless of whether you use another screen reader to test accessibility for instance, please use ChromeVox. What’s important is how ChromeVox interacts with the activity files you will be updating in the activities.

In this activity, you will navigate through a website using only a keyboard. Describe how the screen reader behaves. For a challenge, navigate with your monitor turned off (or darkened so you can’t see what you are doing). The aim of this exercise is to discover how WAI-ARIA is making elements on the page understandable by listening alone, and to introduce screen reader review into your website testing regimen.

Refer back to ChromeVox Screen Reader Install and Setup and set up ChromeVox, if you have not already.


Open the Web Accessibility Auditing Showcase website.

Navigate the homepage only with your monitor darkened and without using your mouse. Describe what the screen reader announces as you pass through the following elements:

  • Left side menu
  • Carousel at the top of the content area of the page
  • Accordion on the right
  • Tab panel in the centre of the page
  • Landmarks present on the page (list them)

Also, answer the following questions:

  • Are you able to navigate effectively?
  • What difficulties did you experience, if any?
  • What could be improved, if anything, to make navigation more effective?

Grading Rubric

Criteria Points
Good descriptions provided for each element listed 5.0 pts
Three questions answered effectively 5.0 pts
Total Points: 10.0


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