Room For One More


Peter Donahue
 

Good evening everyone,

There's always the competition route. The blind community has talented
programmers who could develop a new screen reading package that would have
all of the features and power of JAWS including long-needed features to
address problems not currently remedied by any screen reader. The ability to
read captcha characters falls in this category. If the application is
designed from the ground up by those fully aware of JFW's short-comings
would be in an excellent position to create a new leading-edge screen
reading system that would be free of most bugs and priced more cheaply.
Never mind the petition. There's always room for one more screen reading
package so why not create one to give blind computer users another choice
when it comes to screen access technology.

Peter Donahue

----- Original Message -----
From: "Marquette, Ed" <Ed.Marquette@KutakRock.com>
To: "The Jaws for Windows support list." <jfw@lists.the-jdh.com>
Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2012 6:22 PM
Subject: A Modest Proposal


I have unashamedly borrowed the subject of this message for the purpose of
highlighting issues that have so often been vented on this and, doubtless,
other lists.
Many of us have talked about putting pressure on Freedom Scientific to fix
bugs and take care of known issues before introducing new features which, it
seems, introduce bugs almost randomly through the program. Alas, it seems
that there is no way effectively to get a message that means something to
Freedom Scientific.

What if we, the users, called for a feature moratorium? I'm talking about a
request that Freedom Scientific introduce no new features until it has fixed
known issues.
Now, how would we bring pressure to bear on Freedom Scientific to get it to
do that?
One way is an old-fashioned petition drive. When thousands of users sign a
petition demanding action, that's hard for any company to ignore.
Now, let's raise the stakes a little. What if this petition is on the
Internet such that searches for terms like "JAWS," "Freedom Scientific,"
"screen reader," and the like would bring up a petition signed by thousands
of users demanding a stable screen reader?
OK, let's raise the stakes even higher. Let's say that those who signed the
petition felt so strongly that they were willing to put their money where
their mouth is? In other words, what if we were able to sacrifice an SMA,
in effect, saying that we would be willing, as it were, to spend one SMA
just to get a stable, reliable, dependable screen reader -- no jazzy
gimmicks that introduce bugs.
Personally, if JAWS 14 is built on the JAWS 13 platform, I have little hope
that even half the bugs introduced in JAWS 13 will be fixed. Let alone the
ones that existed before. Nevertheless, I would be willing to sign (and
to start) such a petition.
There is such a petition site on the Internet. It is called Change.Org.
One of my clients found a petition signed by students protesting a student
debit-card plan that a number of schools cram down students' throats.
Well, there is nothing worse than a petition signed by one. I'm putting
this idea out there for comment and refinement. Clearly, there are details
I have not thought about. Comment is invited.
I hope some self-appointed moderator does not claim this is off-topic. I
cannot think of anything more JAWS-related.
What do you think? I say, instead of just complaining, let's do something
about it!


I. Edward Marquette
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