Please take this screen reader survey.

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Tue Oct 17 13:37:55 EDT 2017

Two biases every survey has.  The choices it doesn't allow and questions 
it doesn't ask are one bias and the choices any survey allows and 
questions any survey asks are the second bias.  That's why I avoid 
surveys whenever possible.  College-level courses on survey design exist 
and I think many survey writers never took those courses or cut the 

On Sat, 14 Oct 2017, Tom Fowle wrote:

> Date: Sat, 14 Oct 2017 20:54:47
> From: Tom Fowle <wa6ivgtf at>
> Reply-To: Speakup is a screen review system for Linux.
>     <speakup at>
> To: speakup at
> Subject: Re: Please take this screen reader survey.
> Greg,
> My wife took a look and straightened me out
> What is there, after "other" is the bottom of a "legend" box made of
> underlines
> There is a top to these boxes above the "no response" or what ever is at the
> top of choices for each question.
> and I think  pipe signs along the left and right edges of these boxes.
> I'm so used to seeing underlines as edit boxes, and wasn't familiar with the
> legend box that I jumpped to an incorrect conclusion.
> But I think you'll aggree that not allowing input of "other" choices in many
> questions
> in this survey biases it against the linux choice.   It means they have to
> pay attention to the comments section.
> Since similar problems with previous years surveys havn't resulted in
> changes, I'm not convinced they are prepared to care.
> Tom Fowle
> On Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 09:48:35PM -0700, Gregory Nowak wrote:
>> Tom, how do you know there's an edit field after other? I just checked
>> to be sure without filling out or submitting the survey for a second
>> time using firefox, and I don't see any edit fields besides the
>> comment field. Maybe someone else has something to add here?
>> Greg
>> On Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 09:11:08PM -0700, Tom Fowle wrote:
>> > Greg,
>> > In questions where there is no correct answer and an "other" selection,
>> > there is a text box of line  chars after the word "other"
>> > I could find no way to get the cursor into these text boxes, thus was not
>> > able to put in speakup linux etc.
>> > Is there a lynx trick about that I don't know? most likely!
>> > 
>> > Thanks
>> > Tom Fowle
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