It seems that the vast majority of participants
interact with these forums in good, old-fashioned e-mail. I,
however, use the web interface and am in the process of trying
to teach myself how to efficiently navigate any given Groups.io
page, particularly the main Messages page. Things are not
behaving as I'd expect they should/might when I'm using NVDA.
Some of that is almost certainly ignorance regarding NVDA
features, as I'm much newer to NVDA than I am to JAWS, but some
of it is also the fact that I don't use a screen reader for my
primary access and I think the actual pages are structured in a
way that I wouldn't expect or don't understand.
Here's one example, when I try brute force TABbing to
try to navigate to the link column on the upper left of the page
containing the "control block" of links for Home, Messages,
Post, Calendar, Hangout, and Subscription, I do not land in
these directly after the dropdown that announces my name and
would give me the option of editing my Profile or Logging out.
I would have expected these to be the "logical nexts" in page
traversal, but they're not (or I'm doing something wrong).
When I begin reading messages I also have not yet
figured out how to jump forward to the next message in the forum
with ease, and given that bottom quoting can be quite extensive
that's something that anyone reading a forum such as this one
would need to be able to do.
There are features of the web interface that simply
are not available in the e-mail formats, but I can see how the
web interface might not be something that would be easily
adopted if it is as complicated for full-time screen reader
users as it's proving to be for me.
This conversation could be useful to others who might
like to try using the Groups.io web interface to interact with
their subscribed groups. Since I know that there are a number
of folks using Gmail's web interface I have to believe that this
one is less complicated, just because of how it appears, but I
could be entirely wrong.