The following is a question that only the NVDA developers who
handle this can answer, but this is as good a place as any to
make the inquiry.
Even as a sighted user I find it confusing when I land on
something that gets announced as "Clickable, clickable,
clickable" when it either is clickable, but all one would have
to do is click once, or when it's not clickable at all. I am
also wondering why the phrase "clickable link" gets used for
some links while other links don't get the "clickable"
designation, and I'm not talking about something that's stippled
out. There seems to be little rhyme or reason to how/when the
designation "clickable" gets used and how many times.
As to the multi-clickable announcement, I'll give an example
for an object that is not clickable at all for a sighted user.
When I go to the Gmail Settings, General Tab, I eventually can
tab myself to the first part of the settings, which is Language.
I will sometimes (and I just now could not replicate even
landing there) land on what looks like the label for this group
of settings. It will generally announce "clickable" three
times, but there's nothing there that a sighted mouse user can
click, and there's no hint as to what might be clickable there.
There are too many buttons and links to mention as I navigate
through this page some of which say "clickable" when you land on
them and others that do not. There's got to be a rhyme and
reason here, but I cannot easily fathom what it is. I also
think that saying "clickable link" is redundant and, if you have
that rare instance where a given link is blocked, it would make
more sense to announce that state of oddity than to ever
announce that a link that can be clicked is "clickable."
I worry a lot. . . I worry that no matter how
cynical you become it's never enough
to keep up.
~ Trudy, in Jane Wagner's "Search for
Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe"