The results from our most recent Screen Reader User Survey are available at http://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey5/. There was much interesting information provided by 1465 respondents this year.
A few notable or surprising items:
- Screen reader usage on laptops (81% of respondents) now outpaces desktop computer usage (78%).
- Windows usage continues to decrease, but it is still used by 82.8% of respondents.
- JAWS usage as a primary screen reader remains stable at around 50%. WindowEyes saw its usage cut almost in half over the previous 19 months, from 12.3% in May 2012 to only 6.7% in January 2014. NVDA and VoiceOver continue their increases in usage.
- Internet Explorer is the primary browser of 58.7% of respondents. Chrome is primary browser for only 2.8% of respondents.
- The positive perception of free or low-cost screen readers continues to increase. 74% of respondents see free or low-cost screen readers (such as NVDA or VoiceOver) as currently being viable alternatives to commercial screen readers.
- An astounding 82% of respondents use a screen reader on a mobile device. iOS devices remain the most popular primary mobile platform with usage four times that of Android or Nokia.
- 79% of respondents are very or somewhat comfortable with allowing web sites to detect whether they are using a screen reader, and 87% are comfortable with screen reader detection if it results in a more accessible experience. In response, Marco Zehe has authored a post about why screen reader detection on the web is a bad thing.
There is much, much more information available in the survey results.