Screen readers survey!

2009 October 2
by Liz Henry
Screen readers survey!

Reposted from the disability LJ community:

webaim is running their second ever Screen Reader Users Survey. The first survey has been invaluable to web developers who want to write to how PWD actually use extensible technology, instead of writing to how standards designers think we use accessible technology. If you use a screen reader, please take the survey!

The survey mentions :

* Hal
* NVDA (free, open source)
* Supernova
* System Access or System Access To Go
* VoiceOver (Free)
* Window Eyes
* ZoomText

And asks for information on any other screen readers not mentioned. They didn’t list Orca which is free, open source, and scriptable.

Meanwhile, Glenda Watson Hyatt from Do It Myself Blog (Hi Glenda!) asks, So, how do we get programmers going on an open source screen reader for Macs? Let her (and us) know if you hear of any open source screen readers for Mac OS, please!

2 Responses
  1. jadelennox permalink
    October 2, 2009

    Ha! I see a Dragon NaturallySpeaking error in my text (“extensible” for “accessible”). How apropos.

    I have gotten way too lazy about checking those.

    Also, I would love to expand on Glenda Watson Hyatt’s question, and add, how do we get decent speech recognition for Macintosh.

  2. November 6, 2009

    Aloha Liz, I enjoy your blog. I am new to the Center for disability studies at University of Hawaii. I am working on our next intl conference which will feature a video production, editing workshop for folks. It’s also about blogging so I wanted to know if I could pick your brain. We’ve partnered with the film school but I am looking for as much information on products you use to blog and edit so that I can approach these companies to sponsor the workshop. Would you be able to kokua (help)? I look forward to hearing from you.


    Annie Moriyasu
    Center for Disability Studies
    University of Hawaii at Manoa
    1776 University Avenue
    Honolulu, HI 96822

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