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Re: Something's amiss with the latest survey


From: L Snider
Date: Aug 31, 2015 10:33AM

I read this discussion with interest.

First, I appreciate the survey being done, as it is one of the few surveys
that gives us this important information.

Second, I think that the results do look skewed, but here is where I see
the good part of that happening. For likely the first time, vendors are
starting to understand (in a major way) how important this survey is....now
maybe all the other vendors will promote the survey next year with great
gusto, in order to get users of their products represented. I think this
was a major turning point for the survey. As well, if we can highlight the
range of visual disabilities in a fuller sense than in previous years, then
it is a win-win-win for everyone. It is all good!



On Sat, Aug 29, 2015 at 6:23 AM, Karl Groves < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> I'm super glad I started this conversation. It has been really
> enlightening.
> As Jared's mentioned, we should be cautious of data from self-selected
> samples.
> If this now includes more accurate representation of low-vision screen
> reader users than previous years, that's a good thing.
> On Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 5:02 PM, Jared Smith < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> > 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.
> >
> > Jared
> > > > > > > > >
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> > > > >