Re: WebAim Screen Reader User Survey #7: Getting The Word Out About NVDA
erik burggraaf <erik@...>
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Accessibility laws change the game. The market for jaws is different from the market of most other products. The primary target market doesn't actually use the product. The reason commercial screen readers are sustainable is that governments in developed countrys have legislated that the government must accept the financial cost of communication aids for people with print disabilities as a means of leveling the playing field. That is why the cost of the tecchnologies has always been out of reach for most blind consumers, and very little to do with the development cost and comparitive small size of the market as most commercial access technologists claim.
So, there's no evidence to suggest that vfo or any company is planning to jack up prices even higher than they already are, but there are legislative hooks that might allow them to if they wanted.
I really think though that they are battoning down and preparing to ride out the end times with what they have. The consolidation has pretty much taken place. A few straglers haven't bought in or bowed out, but they have unique markets of their own.
The government funding that constitutes the primary support for products like jaws is on the severe decline as the use cases for the products over cheeper less specialized alternatives growes less and less by the day. If the size of the market dictated the price as they always claimed, then considering the dwindling share of the market controlled by commercial AT, it makes sense that the price would go up, especially in the case of VFO's new exclusivity agreements in geographic regions that were either not controlled or controlled by companies that are no more. The odd thing is, with NVDA distributed free as a noncommercial product, I doubt it falls under the commercial exclusivity agreements anyhow.
On October 2, 2017 4:24:22 PM "Gene" <gsasner@...> wrote: