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Re: Screen Readers | Rate = Words Per Minute

From: Chaals is Charles McCathie Nevile <chaals@yandex-team.ru>
Date: Wed, 10 May 2017 16:18:11 +0200
To: "Wright, Isaiah" <Isaiah.Wright@ally.com>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <14c2d5a4-8e34-eacd-1e2c-098b0f6f90aa@yandex-team.ru>
Hi Isiah,

in that case I recommend you just record samples at different rates, 
including "as fast as you can" and "slow enough to annoy you". "Low, 
medium and high" isn't a particularly detailed scientific definition to 
start with, although it is useful because it makes sense to people.

cheers


On 10/05/17 15:25, Wright, Isaiah wrote:
>
> 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>
>
>     image001.gif
>
>
>
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