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Re: Something's amiss with the latest survey


From: Jared Smith
Date: Aug 28, 2015 3:02PM

Jordan Wilson wrote:
> I would suggest using the "Commonly Used" statistic a little lower down on
> the page instead of the "Primacy Screen Reader" statistic.
> That statistic is a bit more in line w/ what we've seen in the past, and
> it better reflects the number of users who use each platform overall. Its
> a better complete measurement of usage.

We report both sets of statistics because they represent different things.

I think focusing on Primary Screen Reader values is important. It
better represents what a screen reader user's initial experience is
most likely to be. If there are support issues, most screen reader
users can then, if they have one, fall back to one of the other screen
readers they commonly use. As noted in the article, Window-Eyes and
ZoomText users tend not to use other screen readers, thus making the
Primary number more relevant... at least to them.