Recently I gave a course on Audacity for screen reader users. When
explaining the metadata editor, some users were at first uncertain regarding
the use of labels and edit fields. As you tab through the dialogue, each tag
has what I presume to be a label, saying for instance "Tag Artist Name".
However, JAWS as well as NVDA say "Edit Field not available". One more Tab
focusses the actual edit field, where the screen reader will say "Value
Empty" without naming the associated label. So, that field's purpose is only
implied by the fact that it's next in line in the Tab cycle.
Up to now I sort of took it in stride and didn't give much thought to it.
But in my course, there was some confusion over this. Why would some edit
fields be not available and others have no apparent role assigned.
Once explained, the use of the editor doesn't present a difficulty, but it
does seem untidy come to think of it. Really, there should only be one
element for each tag, giving the field label and allowing text to be
entered. This would also halve the number of Tabs required to go through the
Can this be done?