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Re: Screenreaders

From: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2003 08:24:02 -0500 (EST)
To: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Cc: Erika Noll Webb <ewebb@quintusdesign.com>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org, sec508@trace.wisc.edu
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0312300819040.30522-100000@smart.net>

On Tue, 30 Dec 2003, Charles McCathieNevile wrote:

> On Tuesday, Dec 30, 2003, at 04:04 Europe/Rome, Access Systems wrote:
> > don't forget emacspeak, the open source solution
> 
> At least, the one that predates screader, speakup, yasr, gnopernicus, 
> and blindux, some other open source screen readers... Or fonix 
> speakthis. or OutSpoken. Or HAL.

but of course and others I'm sure we've missed not to mention those used
in other countries that have not made it here
> 
> For that matter, does anyone know what proportion of people with 
> disabilities use a screenreader? my wild guess always comes in at 
> single figure percentage - i.e. less than 10% - but that's in part 

I have more or less given up trying, everytime I think I have a number I
can prove myself wrong in a few minutes....not worth the effort, but I
suspect (with no evidence) that the total is quite low, but what
percentage of visually impaired, dyslexic etc is hard to say,

> because so few dyslexic people get offerend one.

and I have been suggesting and folks have been trying with mixed result
folks with ADHD.....

the key is to make the software useable and not to worry about how many
are using it,  I know some folks who would love to use it but don't for
other reasons.   cost, lack of computer skills, etc

good luck

Bob


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