As a new registrant on this site and a totally blind computer user, but one who has browsed quite a bit, I appreciate all the information it contains.
Intending to be somewhat controversial and spawn a discussion, I’m posting this perspective to see if others agree and how much I can learn from this community. I have been a JAWS user for years and spend much of my work day on a PC writing and editing complex documents in Word, using Outlook very heavily for email and using Internet Explorer on the web for research. A few years ago I bought a MacBook Pro to digitize a large music collection and to experiment with Voiceover. Through work I have both an iPad and iPhone, which I use both with and without braille.
While I believe Apple and app developers have done a fantastic job on accessibility on the IOS platform, I cannot say the same for the OS on the Mac platform. I have had a good deal of experience with accessible phones and, hands down, the iPhone is an absolute marvel. I can handle all my voluminous email, take notes, read newspapers, etc. Because of the smaller screen surface, I find the iPhone easier to use than the iPad (but I can perform all the same functions on it).
I love many features of the Mac platform (especially stability, security and uniformity), but it ranks far lower on the usability scale. While the operations of the machine itself are effectively integrated with Voiceover, I do not believe Apple and Voiceover have come close to Windows and JAWS when it comes to functionality. I do not find Pages to be easily usable and Word for the Mac is inaccessible. Therefore complex word processing is ruled out on the Mac. Similarly, I find using the web with Jaws to be far easier and more efficient than Safari with Voiceover.
While I would like to move everything to the Apple platform, (effectively integrating phones, tablets and computers), I can’t get there. The computer itself is still the mainstay for work and the Mac with Voiceover just can’t compete with the PC and Jaws.
So now, please let me know where you agree and, more importantly, where you disagree.