The results from the third WebAIM screen reader user survey have been published at http://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey3/ These survey results show interesting trends from the previous January 2009 survey and the October 2009 survey, as well as much new, useful information.
A few items of note:
- JAWS is still the primary screen reader, but usage is decreasing as usage of NVDA and VoiceOver significantly increases.
- The perception of free or low-cost screen readers (such as NVDA and VoiceOver) is improving.
- Respondent outlook for future web accessibility is optimistic.
- Two-thirds of the respondents use a screen reader on a mobile device, up from only 12% two years ago.
- Most respondents find longdesc useful.
- Social media use among screen reader users with disabilities has increased, though still lags behind respondents that do not have disabilities.
- 12.8% use screen magnification with their screen reader.
- Use of headings for page navigation continues to increase while use of “skip” links and access keys has decreased.
We invite you to review the survey results. If you have comments or questions or if there are components of the data you would like us to analyze further, please comment below.