I’ve been a PC user for nearly 30 years. I’ve been through DOS and all the
flavors of Windows. The first PC screen reader I used was made by IBM and I
don’t remember the name. I had Artic Business Vision after that, then Vert,
then Vocal-Eyes before moving to Windows where I was a happy devotee of
Window-Eyes until I was forced into JAWS by work. On my hopefully soon to be
retired home PC I now use NVDA and it’s more than good enough for what I do at
home. I got my Mac this March.
But here’s the interesting thing. Even though I still have to use a PC for
work more than 8 hours a day and maybe get 2 or 3 on the Mac, I find myself
expecting the PC screen readers to work like Voiceover and being disconcerted
when they don’t.. I find myself trying to use Mac keystrokes on the PC more
than I make the reverse mistake. Editing still trips me up a bit, but overall
I am finding the Mac so much more comfortable to work with over time that I
wish I could use it all the time. There are still things that need work, but I
think we’re approaching critical mass, where enough people are using it that
the remaining shortcomings will be addressed. It never happens fast enough,
but it will happen.
Larry Thacker Jr.
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