JAWS demo mode -- free!

17 Apr 2009 - 2:18pm
6 years ago
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Sarah Kampman

Folks, I apologize if this is old news, but I only just discovered: you
can run the JAWS screen reader software in demo mode for free. (MAGic
and OpenBook offer a demo mode as well.) There's no expiration to the
trial, but you can only use JAWS for 40 minutes at a time when you're in
demo mode. Still, you can't beat free, and no amount of speculation or
adherence to best practices replaces using assistive technology


Sarah Kampman


17 Apr 2009 - 2:35pm
Caroline Jarrett

Sarah Kampman:
>you can run the JAWS screen reader software in demo mode for free.

Totally agree that it's worth trying a screen reader to find out a bit about
how hard they are to use. (Remember to switch your screen OFF when you're
using it).

Only, don't confuse occasional/demonstration use of a screen reader with the
way that someone who uses it all the time would use it. For example, a
long-term user will:

- 'speed listen', using the screen reader at a much faster speed
- become familiar with some of the many different keyboard shortcuts
- be used to swapping modes

As with any complex program, long-term users tend to be very proficient at
the parts they are familiar with but not necessarily with every feature.

I wrote an article on this problem a few years ago:
"Don't get bitten by JAWS; it deserves respect"

Caroline Jarrett
"Forms that work: Designing web forms for usability" Foreword by Steve Krug

19 Apr 2009 - 5:35am
Maria De Monte

Hi Sarah, thank you for the hint...This is very helpful!!! :-)

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