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5 Screen Readers       3 Operating Systems              1 WeekPractical screen reader comparison:      a user oriented app...
Who are we?• We work for the Icelandic National Institute for  the Blind, Deaf Blind and Visually Impaired (INIB)• We prov...
The purpose of this study• To understand the abilities of each of the  screenreaders and the operating systems  they work ...
Screen readers tested• HAL 11 – Dolphin Computer Access -  Win7 (32bit)• JAWS 11 – Freedom Scientific -  Win7 (32bit)• NVD...
The screen readers were tested in              7 catagories•   Screen reader functionality•   Screen reader and O.S. opera...
Screen reader functionality•   Braille support•   Virtual focus•   User customization•   To name but a few...•   Scoring: ...
Screen reader and O.S. operability• Navigate all files and folders• Add/Remove programs• Read tooltips, error messages and...
Office applications•   Word processing•   Spreadsheet•   E-mail•   Presentation•   Scoring: 30 points available•   JAWS 28...
Internet• To navigate by HTML elements (edit fields, radio  buttons, check boxes, headings, frames)• Work with JAVA script...
Instant Messaging• Announcing user login• Automatically read incoming message, even when  another window has focus• Abilit...
Skype• Read contact list with online status• Incoming caller info announced• Skype Instant Messaging•   Scoring: 6 points ...
PDF• Reads a tagged PDF document• Navigates a tagged PDF document (by links and  headings)• Can interact with an accessibl...
Total Score for the study• The study produced these scores for the  screen readers• JAWS 93%• HAL 93%• NVDA 75%• VoiceOver...
Results and observations• HAL and JAWS still lead the way with the  best customization and braille support• HAL and JAWS a...
So what now?• We will publish our study at the INIB s  homepage: www.midstod.is along with  all the data we gathered• We h...
Contact information• Birkir R. Gunnarsson: birkir@midstod.is• Hlynur M. Hreinsson: hlynur@midstod.is• Consultants for the ...
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  1. 1. 5 Screen Readers 3 Operating Systems 1 WeekPractical screen reader comparison: a user oriented approachIcelandic National Center for the Blind, Deaf Blind and Visually Impaired
  2. 2. Who are we?• We work for the Icelandic National Institute for the Blind, Deaf Blind and Visually Impaired (INIB)• We provide Assistive Technology (A.T.) and training for clients nationwide of all ages• We are responsible for recommending the most suitable A.T. setup for each client of the INIB• Our clients require various types of A.T. solutions
  3. 3. The purpose of this study• To understand the abilities of each of the screenreaders and the operating systems they work on• This way we can match the most suitable screen reader to each user• To create mini tutorials for the five screen readers that were tested• To examine if the A.T. budget is being spent effectively
  4. 4. Screen readers tested• HAL 11 – Dolphin Computer Access - Win7 (32bit)• JAWS 11 – Freedom Scientific - Win7 (32bit)• NVDA 2010.1 – NV Access – Win7 (32bit)• VoiceOver SnowLeopard – Apple• Orca – Ubuntu 10.04• The study was carried out in July 2010
  5. 5. The screen readers were tested in 7 catagories• Screen reader functionality• Screen reader and O.S. operability• Office applications• Internet• Instant Messaging• Skype• PDF
  6. 6. Screen reader functionality• Braille support• Virtual focus• User customization• To name but a few...• Scoring: 15 points available• HAL 15 points• JAWS 14.5 points• VoiceOver 12 points• NVDA 8 points• Orca 8 points
  7. 7. Screen reader and O.S. operability• Navigate all files and folders• Add/Remove programs• Read tooltips, error messages and other O.S. information• Scoring: 13 points available• HAL 13 points• JAWS 13 points• NVDA 12 points• VoiceOver 10.5 points• Orca 10.5 points
  8. 8. Office applications• Word processing• Spreadsheet• E-mail• Presentation• Scoring: 30 points available• JAWS 28 points• HAL 27.5 points• NVDA 21 points• VoiceOver 14.5 points• Orca 14 points
  9. 9. Internet• To navigate by HTML elements (edit fields, radio buttons, check boxes, headings, frames)• Work with JAVA script (Jump Menu s)• Interact with an HTML form• Work with Accessible Flash• Work with Landmarks• Scoring: 17 points available• JAWS 17 points• HAL 16 points• NVDA 15.5 points• VoiceOver 12.5 points• Orca 9 points
  10. 10. Instant Messaging• Announcing user login• Automatically read incoming message, even when another window has focus• Ability to review the entire conversation• Scoring: 6 points available• JAWS 6 points• HAL 6 points• Orca 6 points• NVDA 4 points• VoiceOver 3.5 points
  11. 11. Skype• Read contact list with online status• Incoming caller info announced• Skype Instant Messaging• Scoring: 6 points available• Orca 6 points• HAL 6 points• JAWS 5 points• NVDA 4 points• VoiceOver 3 points
  12. 12. PDF• Reads a tagged PDF document• Navigates a tagged PDF document (by links and headings)• Can interact with an accessible PDF form• Scoring: 5 points available• NVDA 5 points• JAWS 5 points• VoiceOver 2 points• HAL 2 points• Orca 0 points
  13. 13. Total Score for the study• The study produced these scores for the screen readers• JAWS 93%• HAL 93%• NVDA 75%• VoiceOver 63%• Orca 59%
  14. 14. Results and observations• HAL and JAWS still lead the way with the best customization and braille support• HAL and JAWS are still the only options for effective use of Office applications• We are still most comfortable with using JAWS for webpage browsing• In our view NVDA is comparable to JAWS and HAL if you do need not require Braille support + it s a truly portable screen reader
  15. 15. So what now?• We will publish our study at the INIB s homepage: www.midstod.is along with all the data we gathered• We hope to do this kind of study annually as we feel that it s an important resource• We hope to get input from users of all screen readers to improve our study
  16. 16. Contact information• Birkir R. Gunnarsson: birkir@midstod.is• Hlynur M. Hreinsson: hlynur@midstod.is• Consultants for the Icelandic National Institute for the Blind, Deaf Blind and Visually Impaired

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