[bct] Re: Podcast on comparing JAWS and Window-Eyes

  • From: "David Tanner" <david-tanner@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2006 00:24:01 -0600

And, it really bothers me when so many state agencies have some administrator 
who decides that the one and only accepted screen reader for all blind 
employees and customers of their agency will be a given screen reader and none 
other.  Almost any time I see that I automatically assume that the decision was 
probably made by a sighted manager somewhere who knew little or nothing about 
the quality of the product, but made their decision based on some political 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Marla Wertman" <marla.wertman@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 1:23 PM
Subject: [bct] Re: Podcast on comparing JAWS and Window-Eyes

: Hi everyone, I just want to say first that we are sorry for starting this, I 
realize that we all have very strong opinions about our screen reader.  The 
podcast was only 
: our opinion, I personally am tired of people thinking that Jaws is the only 
option I have known many people to go for assistive technology evaluations and 
they were 
: not given a choice. I understand that we all have different needs and that 
should be considered during an evaluation.On Wed, 01 Feb 2006 09:15:37 -0800, 
: Lizarde wrote:
: >I think that at the beginning they said that it was only there opinion.
: >It wasn't a feature to feature comparison.
: >----- Original Message ----- 
: >From: "David Tanner" <david-tanner@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
: >To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
: >Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 10:10 PM
: >Subject: [bct] Re: Podcast on comparing JAWS and Window-Eyes
: >Thanks, I don't think I could have said it better.  I do have one other 
: >point however.  I got the impression that the presenter felt that the 
: >listener should believe everything that he said simply based on the fact 
: >that he teaches adaptive technology.  I see a lot of trainers who use that 
: >approach, and it really isn't fair to the listener because it gives the 
: >listener the impression right off the bat that you will be fair handed in 
: >your evaluation of the products, and this was not the case in this 
: >particular podcast.
: >I think both packages have some very good features, and they both have some 
: >weaknesses.  I do have to say that I am starting to see a growing number of 
: >people who have been working in the access technology field for many years 
: >starting to use Window-Eyes as their speech software of choice.  And, we 
: >have started recommending more copies of it at our agency lately.  I own 
: >both, and I use both.  But, I would not want to be the judge of which is 
: >best at this point since I really believe that I would be biased because I 
: >use one much more than the other, and habits are hard to break.
: >----- Original Message ----- 
: >From: "Neal Ewers" <neal.ewers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
: >To: "Bct" <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
: >Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 10:50 AM
: >Subject: [bct] Podcast on comparing JAWS and Window-Eyes
: >:I don't really know where to start here.  first of all, this was not a
: >: comparison, it was a very one sided Window-eyes propaganda piece which
: >: included incorrect statements about JAWS and some gushing remarks about
: >: why two people like Window-Eyes because they evidently don't use JAWS
: >: all that much to begin with.  Real reviewers don't state their
: >: preference right off the bat.  They leave it to the listener to make up
: >: their own minds, and you in no way allowed the listener to do that.  In
: >: addition, you gave us very little but your word to go on because you
: >: never used either screen reader to demonstrate what you were trying to
: >: point out.  .  You should have named it, why I like Window-Eyes and I
: >: would have had no problem with it.  In fact, I would have congratulated
: >: you for doing a fine podcast that helped people see the very fine points
: >: that Window-Eyes has.  I also use both, and I find Window-eyes and JAWS
: >: work equally well if you really take the time to use both.  People
: >: certainly have the right to like one screen reader over another one, and
: >: I am not trying to say that one is better then the other.  But to state
: >: that you are going to compare the two and do nothing but cast
: >: disparaging remarks about one while praising the other one is very very
: >: far from a true, helpful comparison I expected from your introduction.
: >:
: >: Not angry guys, just very disappointed.
: >:
: >: Neal
: >:
: >:
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