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Re: Screen reader survey


From: Karl Groves
Date: Dec 20, 2008 7:15AM

> -----Original Message-----
> From: <EMAIL REMOVED> [mailto:webaim-forum-
> <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Christophe Strobbe
> Sent: Saturday, December 20, 2008 8:46 AM
> To: WebAIM Discussion List
> Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Screen reader survey
> At 21:50 18/12/2008, you wrote:
> >WebAIM is conducting a survey of screen reader users -
> >http://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey/
> >
> >Web accessibility experts often say something like, "Screen reader
> >users prefer." 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.

Excellent point, Christophe. Along those same lines, I can probably get
translations for a number of other major languages. Jared, if you're
interested, let me know.

Karl Groves