Thunder Screen Reader Free

Zachariah Cameron ability at yorku.ca
Fri Apr 11 18:02:40 UTC 2008


Hello David,
    if you mean a URL for the Thunder software, it is the 
screenreader.net URL below.
thanks
zachariah

David Bolter wrote:
> Is there a URL we can give to people willing to test trunk Fluid 
> components?
>
> cheers,
> David
>
> Zachariah Cameron wrote:
>> Hello,
>>     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.
>>
>> thanks
>> Zachariah
>>
>> 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 
>>>> individuals
>>>>
>>>> and can be downloaded from _http://www.screenreader.net/_   A 
>>>> useful addition
>>>>
>>>> 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
>>>>
>>>> _http://www.lexdis.ecs.soton.ac.uk_
>>>>
>>>> _http://www.emptech.info_
>>>>
>>>>       
>>> 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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Zachariah Cameron
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York University






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