Overall, yes! At Scroll we’re working to provide a better internet for everyone - and that includes folks who use screen readers and other assistive technology to access the web. Building a product that doesn’t work with screen readers just isn’t going to fly for us. We recognize that building an accessible web is a process, not a destination, and we are constantly working to improve the experience of using Scroll with a screen reader and other assistive tech.
As part of that process, we want to acknowledge that there are a few caveats in regards to our testing methodology and a few known bugs we have planned fixes for that may impact your experience of using Scroll with a screen reader. All of these are detailed below. If you have further questions or feedback about your experience using Scroll, please reach out to let us know at [email protected].
The core functionality of Scroll removes ads and trackers from within the pages of partner websites, so your experience of reading any site you visit will be the same as it was before - just without all those pesky ads.
Additionally, Scroll adds an iframe to our partner pages with a small set of features to our partner pages, and all of these should work well with a screen reader.
The user site should also function well if you are using a screen reader. As of January 2020 there are two key exceptions to this, which we are working on fixing:
Our heading level structure needs some love, so navigating via headings does not work so great right now.
Our modals and dialog boxes do not trap focus, so while you can access all content within modals, it is possible to accidentally leave one which can be confusing and difficult to get back to the content you were trying to read or work with.
Our mobile apps have not been thoroughly tested for screen reader compatibility. However, while it is required to download the Scroll app on iOS in order for Scroll to work in Safari, it is otherwise not required that you use Scroll through the app - you can continue to use your browser of choice.
We test primarily with VoiceOver on Safari, in addition to a tool that is intended to catch cross-platform issues. However, it is possible that there are issues in NVDA or JAWS that we have not caught - if you experience any, we would greatly appreciate hearing from you.
If you use a screen reader, we would love to hear from you about your experience using Scroll. Please send us a note to [email protected] with any feedback.