Accessibility best practices for screenreader testing

Things accessibility/product owners should be doing to decide what screen readers to test and how to test them.

WebAIM 2019 screen reader survey #9. Complicated chart, explained in text
WebAIM 2019 screen reader survey #9. Complicated chart, explained in text
Chart from WebAIM survey #8 https://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey8/

Best Practice #1: Test at least one screen reader per OS supported by your product

Best Practice #2: If you are testing with multiple screen readers, you will get more complete results if you mix in other factors

Best Practice #3: You should test on multiple hardware platforms

Best Practice #4: You need to test on older hardware platforms and screen reader versions

Best Practice #5 — On PCs, if you can only test on one screen reader, test using NVDA

Best Practice #6: Test what your users use

Best Practice #7: Simulating screen readers is not sufficient

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