[Athen] Query- Users of Window Eyes and JAWS

Chris Johnson express_able at yahoo.com
Wed Apr 13 10:42:06 PDT 2011

Hi Dianne and folks,

Why Window Eyes? Why not consider NVDA (Non-Visual Desktop Access)?

I've been teaching screenreaders, including JAWS and Window-Eyes, for
several years. Now, I mainly recommend and teach NVDA to my clients who
are blind, unless there is some unusual preference requirement or they
are used to a commercial setup. NVDA is free, donationware, and
portable (can run from a USB flash drive on any Windows machine without
administrator authorization, so good for a campus [e.g. you don't even
have to add it to the computers]).
WebAIM recently conducted a screenreader survey
<http://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey3/> showing that, while
JAWS is still popular, NVDA is used more often than Window Eyes and
growing the fastest in use as a primary screenreader.

I believe free is much more feasible!


Chris Johnson,
Assistive Technology Specialist,
Loveland, CO

On 4/13/11 8:58 AM, Dianne Moore wrote:


> I am currently looking at adding Window Eyes to our campus. My

> proposal will add support to both Window Eyes and JAWS for a 2-year

> period after which the college will no longer upgrade JAWS in favor of

> continued support for Window Eyes.


> Would you please share your experiences with Window Eyes? Also, I

> would appreciate all opinions about the above proposal's feasibility.


> Dianne Moore,*MA*


> *Lansing Community College*


> *Reader Services Coordinator*


> *GB204-32*


> *517-483-5263*



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