Accessibility: Label input elements to assist with screen readers

This was an accessibility feature request submitted by email. Adding to the forum for multi-user feedback.

Use case or problem

I have encountered significant accessibility issues as a blind user, particularly with the Android version of the app.

I use TalkBack for navigation, and I’ve noticed that text entered in input fields often disappears immediately and is only represented as unlabeled elements. This makes it challenging, if not impossible, to interact with the app effectively. For an app to be accessible to blind users, it’s crucial that all elements, especially input fields, are properly labeled and navigable using screen reading software.

I am reaching out to express my keen interest in using Obsidian and to inquire if there are any plans to improve accessibility for blind users. Enhancing the app’s compatibility with screen readers like TalkBack would not only benefit users like myself but also align with inclusive design principles.

I truly believe in the value of Obsidian and would be delighted to use it if these accessibility barriers could be addressed. Making the app more accessible would undoubtedly expand its user base and demonstrate a commitment to inclusivity.

Thank you for considering this feedback. I am looking forward to any updates or improvements that could make Obsidian a more inclusive tool for everyone.

Proposed solution

Ensure all elements have proper tagging so screen readers can consistently use the application whether on desktop or on mobile.


I want to post a response in support of @LittleMaelstrom’s request.

I know that some of you reading might dismiss this as benefiting a fraction of all Obsidian users. I get it; I was once in your position! It can be hard to understand how accessibility improvements might be a broad need when people typically sidestep discussing disabilities.

However, accessibility improvements tend to help people with a number of needs. You’ve surely benefited from how sidewalks are designed to slope down at road intersections; thanks to disability advocates, those curb cuts are now the norm and make moving through public spaces easier for lots of people, not just those who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices

Currently, I’m not accustomed to using screen readers, but that could change at some point. It’s completely possible my visual vertigo could flare up enough that I’m forced to do so. But I—or any of us—could also suddenly need visual accessibility tools for any number of reasons.

In the end, I might not need to convince anyone. But just in case, I wanted to speak up about making sure this happens.