Re: Browsing hierarchical tree of comments

Tony Malykh

I've been playing with NVDA and just discovered a simple solution: press Insert + Numpad Delete twice (Report review cursor location) and it will tell you the distance from the left edge of the screen. The greater the distance - the deeper the level of the comment.

I think in theory something can be done on the client side to make the comments more readable for screenreader users.. You can write a browser plugin that would modify a page to include the level of the comment explicitly for example. But this is only in theory: my knowledge of javascript/HTML/CSS is too poor to write it myself.


On 12/6/2017 11:29 AM, Bill Dengler wrote:
I’m interested in this as well, but suspect it requires changes on the site’s end.


On Dec 6, 2017, at 7:00 PM, Tony Malykh <anton.malykh@...> wrote:

Hi everyone,

Many websites have tree-like structure of comments. For
example, reddit, hacker news, and probably a lot more websites are
like this. Sometimes I would like to read some comments, but for
example I would like to read only the top-level comments, and not the
deeper levels, because that would be the replies to the top-level
comments, and they are typically not as interesting. Is there any way
to achieve this with NVDA?

So, for example, I would like to have a key combination to jump to the
next same level comment. Right now I can only jump to the next comment
of any level by searching a keyword ("up vote" or something, that
appears next to every comment), and then I'd have to deduce in my mind
what level comment is this. It is very tedious to browse comments this way.

Another way that might help me would be to figure out the level of the
current comment. At least I'd be able to move down through the
comments without reading them and without trying to deduce its level
from the contents.

I can use Firefox, Google Chrome and IE, so I'd be happy to find a solution that works in any of these browsers.

Any advice would be appreciated!

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