Changeling’s Guide to Discord for Screen Reader Users
After a break, I have decided to begin maintaining this guide again. Before I start providing regular updates, I need to revise the guide to reflect the changes Discord has made since I started this project in 2019, and to allow for a form factor that will allow me to more easily make edits as updates to discord are released. This second edition will take some time and effort to put together, so please continue to use the existing version in the meantime.
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What is This?
This is a page that contains all the links to posts in the “Changeling’s Guide to Discord for Screen Reader Users” series, as well as some answers to some frequently asked questions. if these questions aren’t being asked on a frequent basis, this is me telling you that they should be.
How Do I navigate the Guide?
Each link is set to open in a new tab. You can click the link, read the post, close the tab, and find the link to the next post.
Who Are you? Why Did you Write This?
I am a blind computer user who was first given free run of the Internet after graduating high school in 2006. I quickly discovered the ability of the internet to let one person connect with others, and I embraced anything that gave people more choices for accomplishing this. I was particularly intrigued with Discord’s combination of building community, as well as its knack for creating topic specific forums within that community (channels), and it worked easily across all platforms. When I first drafted the guide, no other screen reader specific documentation existed, and I decided it should. A few days later, it did.
Can I link to This on my Website or Social media?
Of course. I put the information up so it could be freely available. You can use the short link http://changeling.mx/DiscordGuide for an easier fit within social media character limits.
Do Versions of this Guide for Other Platforms Exist?
I am happy to announce that the version of this guide specific to VoiceOver on iOS is now available. The developers continue to make changes and squash bugs, but the experience is finally stable enough to allow me to endorse the experience. Additionally, the user experiences between iOS and android are similar enough that someone could read the iOS-centric guide and be able to use the Android version.
The following is a list of changes to the guide to account for changes in functionality, new features, etc.
For the Front Page
- Added a section to document recent changes.
- Removed the “How Can I Get Help?” section.
- Provided a short link in the section permitting the sharing of this guide on other websites.
- Changed the section names to “Desktop” and “Mobile” to acknowledge multiple platforms.
- Added a link to JAWS scripts for Discord in information about navigating the UI.
- Changed the chatting information to include directions for reading messages using HTML navigation and the Discord navigation features.
- Added information about choosing roles to the section on servers and channels to account for the trend of only showing channels to users who assign themselves certain roles within a server.
- Added a section to the post about servers and channels explaining how to rearrange servers into the user’s desired order.
Changed the post permalinks by adding “/discord” to all of them for organizational reasons. Additionally, they are tagged with “/desktop” or “mobile” depending on which guide they belogn to.
Posts in the Series
Specific to Desktop
- Navigating the User Interface and User Settings
- Servers and Channels.
- Chatting: Text, voice and video
Specific to Mobile
- Navigating the User Interface and User Settings
- Servers and Channels
- Chatting: Text, voice and Video
Hey, thanks for all of this! I’ve only just started using discord today, so this will be useful! Can I share the link in a few whatsapp groups?
of course. You can copy the link to the guide, to the tweet, or both. All depends on your preference.
Thanks! This will really come in helpful! A few people are wondering whether you would be able to do one for the Mac?
I don’t have a Mac, so I’ll probably have to get someone to write it. My understanding is Mac is a problem because VO doesn’t get along with the version of Electron Discord uses.
Ah, that makes sense. A lot of friends are saying they can navigate it with links and voiceover’s search function as well.
yeah. I don’t think it’s completely unuseable, but there are significant problems, and the devs are a small team focusing on PC and the mobile platforms, so I’m kind of going with what they’re doing. I usually suggest Mac users use the web app, and that seems to help things.
The Mac doesn’t get along with a lot of stuff. Just try the code editor in Free Code Camp. Windows is just, where it’s at in my oppinion.
Yeah… Lots of problems there. It’s unfortunate if someone has invested in one of those machines.
Yeah. I’m glad I have this Windows PC still.
Thanks for producing this. I mostly navigate Discord easily on the laptop, but it’s a bit more tricky on the iPhone, so this will help. I mainly use it with one of my DFS sites to keep up with lineup changes so I can win money on Draftkings/Fanduel. 🙂
No problem. i’m a favor of programs that are cross-platform and give people choices. Discord is the closest thing there is right now, so this is a labor of love for me.