Screen readers are assistive technology software programs that allow blind or visually impaired users to read the text that is displayed on the computer screen with a speech synthesizer or braille display.

When testing your website for accessibility issues, it is recommended that you use a screen reader to evaluate your content from this perspective.

Recommended Screen Reader and Browser Combinations

  • Mac: Safari and VoiceOver
  • Windows: Firefox and NVDA

VoiceOver for Macintosh

Apple's built-in screen reader for its OS is called VoiceOver. It is best used with Safari. Note that VoiceOver is also part of Apple's iOS for mobile. However, our instructions will focus on the desktop version.

To turn VoiceOver on/off, use the keyboard combination: Command+F5

VoiceOver Resources

NVDA for Windows

Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a free program for the Windows platform.

NVDA Resources: