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Re: Screen readers - usage stats?

From: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2004 20:06:22 -0400 (EDT)
To: Ian Anderson <lists@zstudio.co.uk>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.58.0404142002420.7334@smart.net>

On Wed, 14 Apr 2004, Ian Anderson wrote:

>
> > What compelling reason could there be to have stats of this type?  I can
> > think of some that have nothing to do with the web but none that do.
>
> I'd be interested to see information on screen reader market share. I'm
> consulting with a UK Internet bank presently, and we are testing in
> Window-Eyes 4.5, JAWS 5.0, JAWS 4.5 and IBM HomePage Reader 3.0. You get
> problems with the default settings in each configuration, and slightly

don't forget the non proprietary open source screen readers such as
emacspeak

> Perhaps in a few years the manufacturers of screen readers will get their
> act together, but in the meantime the reality is that someone will always
> get a poorer experience, and web designers are back to juggling the numbers
> again to decide which way to jump for each design choice.

and proprietary readers will each be trying to lockout each other and all
ignore the open source movment

> Anyone else wrestled with screen reader rendering differences, and have any
> tips?

have at least one ALL text fall back version (CSS) that will run on LYNX
thus at least all screen readers will get full content

Bob

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