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This may be such an isolated instance that it isn't worth
worrying about. The spellchecker has shortcut letters, the
options page, which mimics a dialog in many places, has shortcut
letters in a lot of places that mimic dialog fields. I don't know
if it does in all.
Those more familiar with the details of the program may know if
this is a very rare instance or if there are more places where
On 9/19/2020 12:03 PM, Brian Vogel
It is my general understanding that the letter
underlines, be they in a menu, set of buttons, or similar are what
the program exposes to the screen reader. If the program itself
isn't set up to pass this information to the screen reader,
there's nothing the screen reader can announce (and, no, I won't
even consider the very old "screen scraping" method of getting
things as I don't know that any modern screen reader employs this
But I get the same result with NVDA that you do, in
that the S for Save and the D for Discard are shown on those
buttons with underlines yet there is no, "Save button, ALT+S" or
"Discard changes button, ALT+D" announcements when you're on them,
just the button names.
This could be an NVDA issue, or it could be that
Thunderbird is doing something peculiar with what it exposes, or
doesn't expose, to NVDA. But that would be for the respective
developers to work out between themselves. All an end user can
know is that this is a problem, but you can't be 100% certain
where the root cause lies.
I have no idea how common or uncommon this might be.
Brian - Windows
10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 2004, Build 19041
A gentleman is one who
never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally.