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Re: Something's amiss with the latest survey


From: Andrew Kirkpatrick
Date: Aug 31, 2015 6:15PM

I don't recall seeing the "disability type" question in the past, but do note that it is there in survey #6 and think that it would be very interesting to see a breakdown of top primary AT used by end-users who place themselves into the different categories.

I certainly agree with the sentiments of others that the survey is useful and I appreciate WebAIM taking this (and the resulting comments and critiques) on year after year, and also that we shouldn't read too much into the results (e.g. No one wants to hear "now we only test with JAWS and Zoom-Text!").


On 8/28/15, 17:02, "WebAIM-Forum on behalf of Jared Smith" < <EMAIL REMOVED> on behalf of <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.