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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