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Related, is there any consensus as to which are the best screen readers?

Jaws (for Windows) in the most popular and widely regarded as the best, though it can be a bit costly (like $200-$300 per year).

On windows, NVDA is also widely used and is free, but you will need to buy a good vocaliser/voice for it. Windows has a built-in Narrator, but the voice is not clearly audible at high speed, so people tend to move on.

On phones, iOS and Android both have built-in, capable screen readers, but they lack flexibility for internet usage.

On OSX, the built-in VoiceOver technology is apparently good, and widely used.

If you're wanting to test what the screen-reader experience might be like, you could do worse than trying the one built in to your operating system (Windows Narrator or iOS VoiceOver). Increase the voice speed for a better experience.

NVDA has surpassed JAWS as the most popular SR. https://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey8/#primary

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