Hi everyone. I thought I'd take this opportunity to tell you a little of my experiences after dipping my tentative toe back into the windows world and what I discovered.
So, a hotly contested subject on AppleVis is accessibility of mainstream games, whether they can be made accessible and even if they should be made accessible. After watching the firefight I thought I'd take a little delve and bought myself an xbox. My experiences with the xbox fall outside the subject of this post and the remit of the AppleVis website so I'll not talk about them here however, as part of this experience, I used bootcamp to create a windows partition.
When first getting onto windows, an OS I've not used for almost 15 years, a feeling of dread came over me. Yet another new system to battle my way into with no real understanding of what success looks like. We get this a lot when trying to learn new skills that aren't mainstream.
After a couple of days and installing NVDA I realised something... Windows accessibility with NVDA is far easier, far more intuitive than Mac OS. There is no real need for a modifier like the VO combination of option and control to be held down all the time, or to switch modes. It's simply move through items with the cursor keys or tab and that's it... It was so easy to use that I felt I was missing a trick.
Returning to Mac OS, I realised just how convoluted, bloated and flawed VoiceOver is as a screen reader and I thought about why this might be. We have to recall that screenreader existed on windows a long time before VoiceOver ever came to Mac. It was always going to be at a disadvantage. The trouble is now, for me at least, is I've not made the distinction between voiceover on Mac (a useable but clunky solution) and that of VoiceOver on iOS (absolute genius and the gold standard of portable accessibility).
Anyway, these were my thoughts. Of course it's more than the accessibility that makes a system work and so far, I like windows, I can get tasks done quicker using the search in Cortana which is a key press away. There is just one piece of software I can't yet get for windows which is the latest scrivener, but as soon as that comes along, I think I'm jumping ship to a far more responsive and more pleasurable setup that doesn't give me the 'busy' feedback on java websites, doesn't need us to drill up and down through levels and is basically better, in my view.
But this is personal opinion. I'd really like to know your opinion. Windows users, how do you find it? Those of you with experience on both platforms, how do they stack up in terms of accessibility against one another and I'm not just talking screenreader, but ease of use of each system?
I'm not looking to start a whole Mac windows war thing, I'm just asking for your views. In mine, windows works better for me than Mac, I only wish I'd discovered this sooner.