Re: Keeping Up With Technology

Ed Marquette <marquette.ed@...>

Mitchell is right.
I too always upgrade. Sometimes, as in JAWS 13, I upgrade but
never use it. For instance, with JAWS 13, I used version 12 until
version 14 came out. For my dime, I thought JAWS 13 broke more
than it fixed, and sometimes versions of software will do that.
Still, it is such a hassle skipping versions that it makes sense,
at least for me, always to keep up to date.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [] On Behalf Of
Michal Nowicki via Jfw
Sent: Monday, June 22, 2015 9:39 PM
To: 'The Jaws for Windows support list.'
Cc: Michal Nowicki
Subject: RE: Keeping Up With Technology

"Skipping five or so versions" is not cheaper if, all of a sudden,
a new version comes out containing something you really want or
need. It would be cheaper if FS charged a flat upgrade fee, but
that's not the case; the older the version, the greater the cost
of upgrading to the newest release. That is why I always keep my
license up-to-date, even if a particular release does not contain
any new features I feel I'll need.

-----Original Message-----
From: JFW [] On Behalf Of Brad
Martin via Jfw
Sent: Monday, June 22, 2015 8:34 PM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Cc: Brad Martin
Subject: Re: Keeping Up With Technology

I can't really fault Freedom Scientific for this. Designers do
crazier and crazier things with software and websites every day,
and the people at FS aren't psychic. It's been this way since
before I got into computers I'm sure, and that was 1992. You can't
redesign software to fix a problem until the problem exists. So
what happens. A new version of Windows comes out, and then JAWS
has to be rewritten to handle the new stuff. A new version of
Office comes out replacing menus with ribbons, and again, the
software has to be rewritten to deal with the new layout. Netflix
changes their website, and again something has to be tweaked to
handle the new wrinkle. If the site designer would use Alt tags on
their graphics, graphical links wouldn't be an issue.

The other side of that coin is that you have to do your part, and
that means updating to the latest version of JAWS if you want the
latest fixes to the latest problems. I don't generally update to
every new release, because for what I do, I can usually skip five
or so versions.
It's cheaper that way, and I don't feel like I'm missing out. If
you're more on the cutting edge of technology, you may have to
update more frequently.

Which brings me to my final point of the night. People gripe about
the cost of assistive technology, but as rapidly as things change,
programmers are always having to work writing code to accommodate
those new features and problems. And unlike, say, Microsoft
Office, which people use by the millions and millions of copies,
assistive technology has an extremely small market share. People
want the very latest and greatest, and they want the software
authors to work for free.

Is what we have perfect? No. But if you were using JAWS back in
the days of Internet Explorer 3.0, you remember when the only way
to read a news article was with the JAWS cursor (there was no
virtual cursor), and you had to read three or four columns of
articles at one time with all the stories mixed together. We've
come soooooo far since 1997 when I started teaching people how to
use the Internet. When you step back eighteen years, it's really
quite amazing how rapidly our technology catches up with the rest
of the world compared to how long it used to take.


On 6/22/2015 6:25 PM, Kevin Wollenweber via Jfw wrote:
You know, with all the hardships that I read within this EList,
especially regarding Netflix and other such sites-I know I'm
having my
share of woes regarding these-I think the fault lay not only
sites like Netflix that change configurations as often as they
their underwear, but also with Freedom Scientific for not
keeping the
programs compatible and current with a lot of new programs and
changing graphics. If screenreaders were able to recognize
graphics, I think things would be a lot more accessible.
No one saw this Netflix change coming; I mean, the site is
changed completely to the point where I cannot find my DVD
queue; if
they were phasing out the DVD queue, news of this should have
announced to subscribers long ago, but if this is merely a
configuration issue where more is made of graphics, well, then I
that, right now, they'll lose a lot of subscribers who can't
out the situation, but my hope is that screenreading software is
keeping up with the times, because they're certainly *NOT*
for us.


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