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Re: How closely does Windows narrator simulate JAWS

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2001 08:06:13 -0500 (EST)
To: Anthony Quinn <anthony@frontend.com>
cc: WAI Mailing list <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0101050805140.11374-100000@tux.w3.org>
Hi. Narrator is somewhat less powerful than current vrsions of JAWS I
believe. Which probably makes it a good test application - it simulates a
wider range of user problems (including all those that people will have with
Narrator <grin/>)


Charles McCN

On Fri, 5 Jan 2001, Anthony Quinn wrote:

  Hi All,

  I understand that JAWS is the most commonly used screen reader at the
  moment. I don't have figures for this, so you can call it an assumption
  based on the fact that JAWS is the name that I encounter most frequently
  when people discuss screen readers.

  It occurs to me that the Narrator facility which is included in Windows 2000
  could be a particularly useful tool for web designers who might want to very
  quickly test a HTML layout, or even just to gain some insight into the user
  experience of someone who might be using a screen reader.

  Does anyone know how closely the Windows 2000 Narrator resembles JAWS in
  terms of it's capabilities, etc? Ideally, you want to test in as many
  different platforms, browsers and access devices as possible but for those
  who don't have access to a JAWS screen reader, could narrator be a useful
  alternative, given that some testing is better than none at all?




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