Yeah. I was gonna say this before it does start turn into a flame war, and this is just factual. All the major screenreaders are good. Jaws has its strength in supporting the obscure proprietary business interfaces that people go out of their way to make in-house Jaws scripts for, either because they haven't heard of nvda, refuse to work with anything open-sourced, or just are going along with it as Jaws is, by a large margin, still the international standard for access software. Jaws also is good in that it has several training materials, and even the reader itself holds your hand quite a bit if you allow it to. Nvda, on the other hand, is strongly suited for the advanced user as window-eyes was when it was around. It *can* be used by a beginning computer user willing to jump into the deep-end of learning various tasks, but for someone intimidated *a beginning computer user in general,* Jaws and Leasey would suit them and work very well for their purposes. Look, the thing wi th these screenreaders is that *some accessories* for them, such as Leasey, are marketed at a specific audience. Leasey for example, caters to computer beginners and somewhat advanced users. Nvda is for those who either are technologically advanced, programmers on the open source front, and people who are willing to go all in when learning how to use a computer. Does Jaws cost a lot? Yes. Taking into account they are a corporation who has a full-scale amount of employees to hire. But let's just say it's, more than the average customer can afford, but the definition of average may vary. The long and short of it is, while there will be a time, naturally, when proprietary screenreaders will have to go as open source accessibility becomes more prominent, all 3 screenreaders have an active target audience receiving them in the meantime. And if that audience consists of state agencies? Well, whatever satisfies Fs's wallet will suffice, I suppose. Lol! But Orco's absolu tely right, being heavily opinionated about screenreaders and deficiencies really doesn't do much to help the situation. Indeed, FS doesn't really play by that standard as they have been seen trolling the hell out of Nv Access in short random comments here and there, but on the same side there are elitists in the Nvda community, not the main developers but active members, who will do the exact same thing. I think the time for playing sides and staying on them has to come to an end somehow, and anyone in the argument need s to see both sides of the coin. Indeed, there was an ad on the trade-list, talking to playing both sides, that I think would deserve ad of the year, because it proves my point. Someone would transfer and sell their Jaws18 license, with a twist. There wasn't a set price, but the Jaws 18 license would go to the bidder who made the largest contribution to NV Access, it had to be above $200. But the largest amount would get the Jaws 18 license. And that, is a great way to play both sides without getting too up-close and personal in the argument. A person that swears up and down by Fs and has a fair amount of cash could buy a license for Jaws while contributing to NV Access at the same time, making it a win-win for both sides. With that, rant over. This post almost definitely belongs in a new topic, but thought I'd post it here to settle any potential heated debates.
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