WebAIM has released initial findings from their recent screen reader survey.
As reported by the Web Standards Project here are some of the main findings
- The most common screen readers used are JAWS (74%), Window-Eyes (23%), NVDA (8%), and VoiceOver (6%).
- 75% of screen reader users upgrade to the newest version within one year.
- 12% of respondents use a screen reader on a mobile phone.
- 76% of users always or often navigate by headings.
- 36% never or seldom use text-only versions of web pages.
- 72% of screen reader users reported that Flash is very or somewhat difficult.
- there is no typical screen reader user
- screen reader accessibility is about much more than just whether screen reading software can read a site
- much more emphasis needs to be placed on the abilities and preferences of screen reader users