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Derek Featherstone (27 Feb 2006)
The expense of screen reader software is often enough to scare people away from buying a copy. If you want to get a better handle on the concept of screen reading, then you might get a copy of IBMís Home Page Reader. It is not the same as other well-known screen readers, but it gives you a decent idea of what screen readers do, and a better understanding of what the experience is like. You might also try recent versions of Opera that include text-to-speech functionality as well as basic voice command recognition. Just be sure that you donít equate how things work in HomePage Reader or Opera with Voice with other full screen readers, as they work differently. If youíre using HPR or Opera with Voice, youíre generally doing it to learn more about how screen readers/voice browsers work, not for the minute details of how specific code samples are read.
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