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Pairing screen reader with web browser

Why it matters which web browser you use with a screen reader.

Ever wonder why there are odd behaviors when you use a different web browser? These unexpected behaviors may be frustrating for some screen reader users. How can you increase your chances of getting a consistent user experience across browsers and devices? Freedom Scientific explains this phenomena in their article, Responsive Web Design: Why one site can behave differently on different PCs and browsers.  In this article, Freedom Scientific suggests these two tips:

Currently, the following screen reader and browser combinations are recommended:

Teachers: Carefully consider which browser you and your students are using.  When using online assessments, it is critical that your students are using the same browser and screen reader combination that the assessment recommends.  Using a different combination may result in unusual behaviors during the assessment, including shortcut commands that do not work correctly or other bugs.

For those who want more in-depth information about how the screen reader and browsers interact, view the article, How browsers interact with screen readers and where ARIA fits in the mix

By Diane Brauner