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Re: best screen readers for browser testing


From: Lee Davis
Date: Jun 18, 2002 8:16AM


We are going through the same process.
My feeling is that, if you are interested *only* in web page accessibility
(as opposed to other electronic formats), that Home Page Reader is a
really useful tool.

Web designers can see their page as seen in IE, hear it spoken and see
a textual interpretation of the spoken text.

As far as I am aware, you only need to pay the full price for your first copy;
subsequent licences are much less, but you had better check that!

I guess we also need to have a copy of JAWS or similar available on our
too but this is harder for people to learn to use, I think

At 10:37 18/06/2002 -0400, you wrote:
>I am a webmistress and web designer who is investigating different screen
>readers to buy for the purpose of testing accessibility on our websites.
>Price is also a factor of course. I like IBM Home Page Reader but am worried
>that it is not that common. Should my company buy this $200 program just for
>testing websites or should they go for the more expensive Window-Eyes or
>JAWS since they are the most commonly used? Any suggestions would be greatly
>appreciated. Thanks in advance.


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