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Hey all,

I've been studying Web Development, I had a few questions.

When browsing the web, screen readers are used to translate text to speech. What are the common screen readers? Is there any consensus regarding which one is best, from what I can tell JAWS is the most popular option but the data I've found is 3 years old, which is a long time in tech.

For anyone who uses screen readers. How would you like your content to be delivered? What could be better?

The reason I'm asking is, the web is structured using html, the most recent version (html 5) has something called semantic markup, where you can define what each part of a website is. For example, bit of text is the header, and another bit of text is an article etcetera. For the majority of users, using semantic markup makes no difference to the end experience, the important distinction comes when a computer tries to read the text, like google crawling the web and trying to figure out what everything is, or screen readers.

I appreciate any and all feed back.

P.s. If there's anything you feel I should know, please let me know.



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web design which supports accessibility

This question of good web design comes up every few months.
There was a list of excellent resources posted the last time web design was discussed. To find it, go to the Technology Message Board. Please find the message entitled "Help Design for the Web, the Way You Want to Use It. Please read through the responses and make use of the resources given there.
They will give you lots and lots of background. Then you will be better able to contribute your energy in worthwhile ways.The screen readers used by totally blind people include JAWS, Window-Eyes, NVDA and HAL, as well as others. NVDA is an open source screen reader, written in collaboration and free. In addition, many blind computer users use VoiceOver, Apple's built-in screen reader.
I agree with the sentiment expressed in the Technology Message Board that you want to please learn all you can, lest you attempt to re-invent the wheel. Standards for good web design have been around for years. Getting site developers to design with accessibility in mind is difficult to do at a societal level just as getting accessibility design in other parts of society is.

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