A closed thread was discussing screen readers for testing purposes. JAWS and Lynx were mentioned. At one time I looked into both, but JAWS was not an option for me, and I could never get Lynx to work. (My own limitations no doubt.) Down the road I added the Fangs extension for simulating screen reader output. Any thoughts on how good this extension is, i.e., can I actually rely upon it to get a good feel for what screen reader users are getting?
I downloaded the demo version of Jaws. I'm hoping that it will be a helpful tool and help the learning curve. During the installation, there was a warning (after the fact) that 'system changes' were being made prior to installation. I'd surely have appreciated some accountability to allow me to feel more comfortable about the changes. Can anyone shed some light on the system changes that JAWS makes?
This is my biggest gripe about adding any software - a leap of faith that nothing gets blown up in the process, and that the ethics of the designers are solid.
1 thing I did noticed when using JAWS was that the rendering of website or documents on the screen becomes a lot more rugged - aliasing of font disapears - I guess it's either to help Jaws in it's 'reading' of the page, or low vision users who like to read and hear at the same time.