[bct] Re: Should we do a chat on improving software accessibility?
- From: "Mary Emerson" <maryemerson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 12 May 2006 08:55:35 -0700
Debee, two things.
DVD burners: have you gone to readingmadeeasy.com? They have something
called Premier CD/DVD Creator which has worked well with CD's (although one
section of it needs work); I have not tried it with DVD's yet. The code
works although I find the text messages need grammatical and spelling
corrections, as does the documentation; you can go to the site, tab down to
products, then tab down to Premier CD/DVD creator.
Talking to software developers: One factor you left out is schedules and
work load. Many times I tried to encourage IBM to improve their software so
that blind customers and employees could use it; the reaction I got most
often was, "We don't have time, and we won't until an upcoming release that
may or may not happen for another few years, depending on the spring and
fall plans for the next couple years"; another was, "We don't have enough
people to take on the work load"; the third was, "Funds aren't available to
pay for the testing, special setup, testers involved to do the test cases
and design the test strategy." So it isn't always just a matter of
convincing people; the corporate factor needs to be considered; the
marketability is another thing; why should companies expend the effort when
the demand isn't too large? Yes, blind people are vocal; yes, we are
important; but in the overall scheme of things, we are not a very large
population, and corporate focus, regardless of company size, is on how to
sell more product and make a bigger profit, and how to do it cheap and save
Ok, i'll shut up.
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