Thunder Screen Reader Free
david.bolter at utoronto.ca
Fri Apr 11 17:37:04 UTC 2008
Is there a URL we can give to people willing to test trunk Fluid components?
Zachariah Cameron wrote:
> there are at least two factors in play here. Ones is that screen
> readers are not created equal so that when it comes right down to it,
> testing with the Thunder Screen reader will tell you if the site or tool
> is Accessible using the Thunder Screen reader. In my part of the world,
> JAWS has a huge part of the market share. Anyone experienced in Access
> Technology will have a general concept of a site's Accessibility very
> shortly after opening the page. One does not really know, however,
> until one has worked with a site and the specific technology.
> We have seen many screen readers some and go over the years. Many of us
> still lament the fact that OS2 and its screen reader never really took
> hold. It is often the case in screen reading software, as in other areas
> of life, that you get what you pay for. On the other hand, Thunder has
> some impressive patronage behind the corporation.
> All of that said, I had not heard of this screen reader and will
> definitely try it out to see how well it works for me.
> I am not sure this is the place to get into an online poll, but if list
> members would like to send me comments regarding screen reader usage
> (send to ability at yorku.ca) I could post a summary of the results at a
> later point. My experience, in a Canadian context, is that JAWS has by
> far the greatest market penetration.
> Allison Bloodworth wrote:
>> Has anyone heard of this free screen reader? I'm not sure how much
>> it's like JAWS or Window-Eyes, but if it's similar I wonder if it
>> might be helpful for folks who want to do usability testing with
>> screen readers but aren't able to get actual screen reader user
>> participants (e.g. http://www.webaim.org/articles/screenreader_testing/).
>> Begin forwarded message:
>>> Apologies for cross posting with this news but I feel it may be
>>> useful to many folks including those testing websites for
>>> accessibility issues.
>>> Thunder screen reader is now free to all organisations and all
>>> and can be downloaded from _http://www.screenreader.net/_ A useful
>>> is when it works with WebbIE text browser _http://www.webbie.org.uk/_
>>> Best wishes E.A.
>>> Mrs E.A. Draffan
>>> Learning Societies Lab,
>>> ECS, University of Southampton,
>>> Tel +44 (0)23 8059 7246
>> Allison Bloodworth
>> Senior User Interaction Designer
>> Educational Technology Services
>> University of California, Berkeley
>> (415) 377-8243
>> abloodworth at berkeley.edu <mailto:abloodworth at berkeley.edu>
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