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RE: Screen Readers | Rate = Words Per Minute

From: Sean Murphy (seanmmur) <seanmmur@cisco.com>
Date: Tue, 9 May 2017 22:59:17 +0000
To: "Wright, Isaiah" <Isaiah.Wright@ally.com>, WAI Interest Group List list <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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All screen readers that I have used either use a percentage or a ranking from 1 to x. I have not seen any that gives you a word per minute.

Sean Murphy
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From: Wright, Isaiah [mailto:Isaiah.Wright@ally.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 10 May 2017 12:52 AM
To: WAI Interest Group List list <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Subject: Screen Readers | Rate = Words Per Minute

I’m looking for examples of screen readers being used at different rates.

I’ve read that experienced users often like to speed up the reading rate to 300 words per minute or more and that when many people hear a screen reader for the first time, at the normal rate of about 180 words per minute, they complain that it reads too quickly.

I have access to NVDA but the rate is by percentage instead of words per minute. Is there a chart out there that translates rate percentage into words per minute?

Cheers,
Isaiah M. Wright
Usability Research  | Integrated Channels & Experience
440 S. Church St., Charlotte NC 28202
T + 704 444 4694  |  isaiah.wright@ally.com
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