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RE: What would a screen reader make of this?

From: Mark Magennis <mark@frontend.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2001 15:58:00 +0100
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
This raises a sticky issue for designers. What screen reader do you design
for, and is there a lowest reasonable level of screen reader functionality
you can expect you user to have?

It seems that most designers now accept that it is reasonable to expect
sighted users to have at least version 4 of Internet Explorer or Netscape
and at least 800 by 600 screen resolution. Is there some lowest level of
screen reader capability that is reasonable to expect and, if so, is there
an actual make and version of screen reader that encapsulates this level?

Also, are there any statistics available, or even best guesses, about the
proportion of users who have each make and version of screen reader?


Mark Magennis
Head of Usability, Frontend

> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
> Behalf Of David Poehlman
> Sent: 14 June 2001 14:16
> To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org; Marjolein Katsma
> Subject: Re: What would a screen reader make of this?
> and the screen readers are constantly changing.  There are reviews of
> screen readers out there from afb and acb radio and others.  Perhaps it
> might help to gather those resources together in a web page and keep it
> up to date if it has not been done already.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Marjolein Katsma" <access@javawoman.com>
> To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
> Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2001 3:15 AM
> Subject: RE: What would a screen reader make of this?
> Yes, I agree. While most screen reader programs have (free, session-time
> limited) versions you can use for testing, it's a steep learning curve.
> (And the reboot time to contuinue doesn't help if you can't afford the
> expense of the full package.)
> A determined developer can maybe learn one - but testing with all (even
> the most-used) is just not feasible, unless you're a large company with
> a testlab and a dedicated person (wo)manning the lab.
> Of course that makes a list such as this valuable - but then the
> question becomes: how many developers know about already, and how many
> would come here to ask questions?
> At 20:39 2001-06-13 -0400, Jim Tobias wrote:
> >Hi All,
> >
> >Marjolein's queston reminds me of a good idea a corporate
> >type once asked me.  Why isn't there a real-time screen reader
> >emulator site?  That is, a site like Bobby wherein one could
> >enter a URI and hear how it would sound through one or more screen
> >readers with typical settings.  The learning curve of screen
> >readers is holding back accessible web design.
> >
> >Jim Tobias
> Marjolein Katsma
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