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Monitoring JAWS adoption trends for testing/support


From: cpavradopoulos@checkfree.com
Date: Feb 20, 2007 4:10PM

I am a newbie to this forum and looking for input on JAWS support. My
company has decided to test and support only 1 screen reader, and that is
JAWS. The problem comes when deciding which version to test. For browser
support, we meet monthly to review stats from Web Trends, along with
industry stats to make data-driven decisions. Since this data does not
appear to exist (anywhere that I have looked thus far) for screen readers,
we want to determine if there is an alternate way to track adoption trends
for JAWS users. Freedom-Scientific has not been helpful thus far (their
recommendation is to always use the latest and greatest). So if I know
that last month the stats looked like this:

v8.xx 10%
v7.xx 55%
v6.xx 10%
other 25%

We would only test/support v7.xx. Then next month, if it changes to:

v8.xx 50%
v7.xx 35%
v6.xx 10%
other 5%

We would switch to v8.xx and drop support of v7.xx.

Thanks in advance for any guidance you can provide.

Costa Avradopoulos
Manager, Software Quality
Ecommerce - Product Development

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