Hi Charles,
You are absolutely right from a business point of view. However, there
are plenty of alternatives than supporting the screen readers
directly. For example, Time of Conflict and Lone Wolf allow you to
select SAPI, Jaws, or Window-Eyes. As far as I am concerned using SAPI
5 support is enough and doesn't show favoritism to any screen reader
or screen reader manufacturer.  It is more ideal anyway as you aren't
trying to support every screen reader out there directly.
I've actually been asked a few times if I would add Jaws support to my
games. While I understand the nature of the requests I have made a
polacy not to support any screen readers directly. First of all, it
requires more work supporting each and every screen readers individual
API directly. Second of all, I feel supporting Freedom Scientific's
products goes against my principles. For one thing they have an unfair
advantage over their competition because they are largely supported
through businesses, government agencies, organizations, and so on that
aren't willing to support GW Micro, Dolphin, etc as well. Then,
Freedom Scientific shows the world what they are really like by
dragging GW Micro, FBC, and anyone else they see as a threat into
court. Over the past year or so it has been one lawsuit after another.
I happen to know they have a tendancy to treat their customers with
little regard or respect as well. For example, a friend of mine
ordered a dongle from F.S. and when he got it he found out it was
deffective. Instead of exchanging it or something reasonable they told
him he had to order a new one at full price. That's down right
criminal in my book. Why continue supporting a business, any business,
if they are going to treat their customers like that?

On 8/7/10, Charles Rivard <woofer...@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> If any game developer is going to provide screen reader support for their
> games, regardless of how they feel about the screen reader developing
> company's policies are, I feel that you have to support what your customers
> are using.  Otherwise, you're cutting your own customer base.
> ---
> Shepherds are the best beasts!

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