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Re: Specifications for AT testing computers


From: Birkir R. Gunnarsson
Date: Jun 23, 2017 6:20AM


If this is regular website testing I think your list is way too ambitious.
For screen reader I would ensureNVDA with Firefox (NVDA with Chrome is
also becoming impressively good).
I don't really see the need for testing with Jaws, but it doesn't hurt
(other than the wallet).
For a screen magnifier I would just do Zoomtext, I wouldn't do multiple ones.

Spot test with Dragon (speech recognition is cool) spot test more with
Zoomtext (screen magnification and zooming is important t a lot o
people), but do the most thorough testing with a screen reader (not
because they matter most, but because testing with them reveals most
of the semantic and ARIA issues).

assistive technology support primarily requires coding to standards,
and testing with each a.t./browser combination is both expensive, time
consuming and requires expertise.

Re running Windows VM on Macs, it works for the most part, though
people often have difficulty making the ctrl key work properly on the
VM. It may require significan key mapping. I can check with some
friends on the latest developments.

On 6/23/17, James Buller < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Hi
> I need to write a procurement request for computers to use for conducting
> accessibility audits and assistive technology testing or experience sessons.
> I'd like any advice on what to ask for and what to avoid.
> We'll need to be a local administrator to facilitate adding software and
> browser extensions as need arises..
> I'm thinking a Macbook to provide Voiceover and Safari, with Windows 7/10
> virtual machines including assistive technologies might work?
> Does that sound sensible or would we encounter problems such as performance
> or not detect certain things if not doing things directly on a PC?
> Any thoughts on versions of assistive technology to install and any
> conflicts to be aware of?
> My list, so far, partly based on software provided internally, is:
> * JAWS
> * Zoomtext
> * Supernova
> * NVDA
> * Dragon
> * Read&Write Gold
> * Claro Read
> * Magic
> * Lunar
> * Nib Clickless
> * Innovation
> * Work Pace
> Regards
> James Buller
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