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Re: screen reader testing

From: Aaron Smith <aaron@gwmicro.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2003 16:18:13 -0500
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To: "Alexander, Dan" <Dan.Alexander@mdx.com>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Dan,

In order for your testing to be complete, you will want to take into 
account all screen readers available who claim support for web 
accessibility, regardless of the resources that may consume. Otherwise, you 
will not be providing a fair and accurate representation of the available 
market to your clients.

In addition to that, software vendors are always updating their products, 
enhancing and updating where necessary. Take Window-Eyes for example. The 
latest version, Widow-Eyes 4.211, does not support many of the UA 
guidelines, whereas Window-Eyes 4.5 (coming soon) will support the majority 
of the UA guidelines (check out the Window-Eyes 4.5 link at 
www.gwmicro.com/csun2003 for a detailed list).

As you can hopefully see, limiting your testing to one application will 
probably end up creating more work for you, if you want to be fair and 
accurate.

Aaron

At 04:13 PM 4/15/2003, Alexander, Dan wrote:


>I've noticed a lot of differences between screen readers in the way they
>read the content. This makes for a particularly troublesome problem in
>testing because, not only are we testing for browser compatability but also
>screen reader compatability. I was wondering if there has been any market
>research done as to which screen reader is the most commonly used? Which is
>the best to test on?
>
>I would appreciate any help you can provide.
>
>Dan Alexander

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