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Designing for screen readers

When I think about people who use screen readers I usually think about blind people. But recently I found out that some dyslexic people use them as well. A few students of mine started experimenting with them. They have difficulty understanding technical English articles about web design and web development. But they find it much easier to understand if someone reads the articles to them, while they’re reading along. This is a use case I hadn’t really heard about before. I’m sure there are many others. I can imagine people listening to articles while driving, for instance.

Heydon Pickering wants to know how you use screen readers. He designs websites, and tests them on screen readers, but he realised that he doesn’t know how people really use them. If you use screen readers, please answer this survey. This will help Heydon in understanding how to better design for screen readers. And that will help us as well, since he’ll publish his findings.