Re: Strategies for navigating YouTube comments using NVDA?

Tony Malykh

Try my BrowserNav add-on!
First, you can press backslash to scroll to all elements of the page. Youtube page seems to load dynamically as the user scrolls down, which works well for sighted users, but not so well for screenreader users. Backslash gesture allows to scroll to all the elemnts forward, thus autoexpanding them. Then Press 2 and it'll take you right to comments section.
Second, in order to navigate from one comment to another, you can press NVDA+Alt+Up/Down keys. It will take much less keystrokes to get from one comment to another. This will only take you to comments of the same level.
Another option is to adjust BrowserNav rotor by pressing NVDA+O to navigate by font size plus same style.. This way you can jump from one comment to another with a single key stroke (same one, NVDA+Alt+Up/Down), but it will ignore the level of comment, e.g. it will jump to all levels.
Same strategy works well to navigate on reddit pages.


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From: "Sarah k Alawami" <marrie12@...>
Sent: 12/31/2020 2:59:51 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Strategies for navigating YouTube comments using NVDA?

I don't use youtube anymore, but perhaps suggest regions for each marker. The aria implementation would get a bit annoying if you arrowed, but I personally would like it this way.


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On 31 Dec 2020, at 11:46, Luke Robinett wrote:

Hi Chris,


Yeah, that works too. There’s still the issue of having to wade through numerous UI elements for each post, though. As you hit down arrow you’ll notice it doesn’t take you from post to post but rather through all those many elements of the post. The more I think about this, the more I think the only solution is probably on Google’s end. They could do something similar to what Reddit has done – press K for the next post, J for the previous, etc. Perhaps I’ll submit YouTube feedback to that end. Still figured it wouldn’t hurt to see what the bright folks of this list might have to say, though. J






From: <> On Behalf Of Chris Smart
Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2020 11:32 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Strategies for navigating YouTube comments using NVDA?


I tend to hit E to jump to the edit field where you would contribute your own comment, and then Down Arrow quickly from there.


On 2020-12-31 2:30 p.m., Luke Robinett wrote:

Hi folks,


I find navigating the YouTube comments section on the desktop site using my Windows machine to be cumbersome. First, getting to the comments section itself can be a chore. It sits under a level 2 heading but pressing “2” in browse mode sometimes reports no heading at level 2 and other times it takes you there as expected. Sometimes it helps to go to the end of the page and then press shift “2,” but even this seems hit-or-miss.

Once you’ve made your way into the comments section, there doesn’t seem to be any easy way to quickly move from one comment/reply to the next. Just pressing control and down arrow to move through elements takes a long time because each comment has numerous elements – screen name, timestamp, comment itself, any links or hashtags they may have included, like button, dislike button, reply button and so on. On the iOS YouTube app using VoiceOver, each comment is treated as a single object and you can use the rotar to interact with it, but there doesn’t seem to be anything resembling that behavior with NVDA.

I pressed question mark to get Google’s list of keyboard shortcuts for YouTube but they’re all mostly related to controlling video playback. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions?





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