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Re: screen reader versions for testing


From: Mallory
Date: Oct 28, 2016 3:53PM

Kinda the same here: test with current (sometimes the tester doesn't
have the absolute most-current either), and things that don't work, we
look them up to see if it's some known bug, if it was fixes, which
versions were affected. In general being up to date for some big bugs so
that if things work with a current version, we can be more aware it may
fail in an older version.

One thing I try to keep in mind is wealthy web developers tend to have
the latest and greatest. But the same usually can't be said for our
customers, so it's dangerous for us to assume "passes in latest" =works for everyone.


On Fri, Oct 28, 2016, at 09:42 PM, Moore,Michael (Accessibility) (HHSC)
> Generally we test with the current release of JAWS. This is after we have
> thoroughly analyzed the code. If we run into unexpected problems then we
> will test with current release of NVDA, older versions of JAWS, more
> browsers etc. What we are doing at that point is attempting to determine
> who to file the defect with, what possible work arounds exist, and
> whether we can justify changing code that is technically compliant.
> Mike Moore
> Accessibility Coordinator
> Texas Health and Human Services Commission
> Civil Rights Office
> (512) 438-3431 (Office)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On
> Behalf Of Delisi, Jennie (MNIT)
> Sent: Friday, October 28, 2016 1:22 PM
> Subject: [WebAIM] screen reader versions for testing
> Hello,
> Interested in feedback. For those that test websites and documents for
> accessibility against the standards, but also use screen readers as a
> part of the testing protocols:
> -how many versions do you test with? For example, if there is a version
> 17 and a version 18 of the same screen reader, are you testing with the
> current version and 1 version back?
> -for those testing websites and documents that will be reviewed by the
> public, do you have a different number of versions you test with, as
> opposed to documents that will only be used internally? For example,
> there may be an expectation of employees having access to the latest
> version of a particular screen reader (with maybe one version back for a
> period of time), but the public may have varying amounts of resources to
> put towards upgrades.
> Thanks in advance for any information you can share. I will be cross
> posting this on the IAAP list and LinkedIn.
> Jennie
> Jennie Delisi
> Accessibility Analyst | Office of Accessibility Minnesota IT Services |
> Partners in Performance
> 658 Cedar Street
> St. Paul, MN, 55155
> O: 651-201-1135
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