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What are the odds?

From: Maurice Carey <maurice@thymeonline.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 17:38:41 -0400
To: HTML Working Group <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <C30B31A1.3F9B%maurice@thymeonline.com>

" What might make my experiences with JAWS even more worrying is that I'm
told JAWS is amongst the best of the available screen reader software. It
certainly isn't worth its ridiculous $895 price tag (let alone the $1095
price tag for the "professional" version I got). There is a big market
opportunity here for someone to make a usable and affordable native speech
Web browser or screen reader. Accessibility advocates could do more for
accessibility by writing test suites for screen readers to check their basic
HTML support (like supporting the p element) than they ever will by trying
to educate Web authors."

How much money do you think it would take to pay some open source coders
(preferably people who are already hacking on firefox, konqueror) to come up
with a better <strike>Screen</strike> Web Page Reader.

What are the odds someone in the large and dedicated community of people who
fight for the rights of the disabled could get a good fund raiser going to
pay these programmers to build a reader?

I say web page reader because 90% of the people I know only read the Web
Page part of the screen.
Received on Monday, 10 September 2007 21:38:38 UTC

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