I think the different Google pages are really strange with a
screenreader, so NVDA repeating clickable as it does has never really been all
that surprising for me. I can't see well enough though to play with the mouse to
actually tell if there were multiple items there to click, so your observation
kind of explains things. I've often wondered on other pages, if it was
announcing clickable at the beginning and end of the item, reason it would say
it more than once, but I end up getting annoyed by it so end up turning off that
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."
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