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RE: Screen Readers | Rate = Words Per Minute

From: Wright, Isaiah <Isaiah.Wright@ally.com>
Date: Wed, 10 May 2017 13:25:24 +0000
To: Chaals is Charles McCathie Nevile <chaals@yandex-team.ru>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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Hi Charles,

Thank you for replying. I will be presenting an accessibility presentation at my company next week and I’d like to show audio/video examples of screen readers being used at different rates. Preferably, examples of low, medium, and high rates.

Currently I’m making my own screen recordings using NVDA but I’m having troubles gauging rates and what falls into low, medium, or high categories, especially since there isn’t a rate percentage to WPM conversion chart.

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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From: Chaals is Charles McCathie Nevile [mailto:chaals@yandex-team.ru]
Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 5:11 AM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: Screen Readers | Rate = Words Per Minute


What do you mean by "examples"?

I know people who use screen readers occasionally, e.g. for testing, at rates under 200 wpm, and others who generally use rates between 400 and 600.

Or do you just want to know roughly what x% means in wpm - if so, the easiest thing might be to get a stopwatch and a piece of text of a known number of words...

If nothing appears, I guess I could publish this information somewhere

cheers
On 09/05/17 16:51, Wright, Isaiah wrote:
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<mailto:isaiah.wright@ally.com>
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