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Re: Screen reader survey


From: Christophe Strobbe
Date: Dec 20, 2008 6:50AM

At 21:50 18/12/2008, you wrote:
>WebAIM is conducting a survey of screen reader users -
>Web accessibility experts often say something like, "Screen reader
>users preferÂ…" followed by some accessibility recommendation. However,
>many of these recommendations are based on personal preference or
>conjecture - often from sighted users who only test with screen
>readers. The fact is that there is little data about screen reader
>usage to back up these recommendations.

I noticed that they survey is only available in
English, so I hope that the results will be
published with a clear disclaimer that the data
were provided by English-speaking screen reader
users and that the results are not necessarily
representative of screen reader users who speak
other languages (at least with regard to the
screen readers that people use - JAWS may be the
most common screen reader in some countries, but not everywhere).

I can send a request for translations to French
and German accessibility mailing lists, but the
timing is unfortunate because people are
currently planning translations for WCAG 2 and other supporting materials.

Best regards,

Christophe Strobbe

>This survey will ask screen reader users about their usage and
>preferences. If you are a full-time, part-time, or even occasional
>screen reader user, please take a few minutes to complete the survey
>and provide us with a few details on your screen reader usage and
>preferences. We will be comparing results between those that rely on
>screen readers and those that primarily use them for evaluation and
>testing, so all screen reader users are invited to respond. Your
>feedback will help influence the accessibility techniques that web
>developers implement and that experts recommend. We'll be posting the
>survey results in a few months.
>Please post this announcement and/or the URL to other accessibility,
>disability, and assistive technology lists. More screen reader user
>responses will help solidify the recommendations made.
>Jared Smith

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