[bct] Re: Should we do a chat on improving software accessibility?

  • From: "Angie Matney" <Angie@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 12 May 2006 18:02:37 -0400

Hi Debee,

I agree. Some programmers would see it as a fun challenge, I would think.

Also agree about Text to Audio--TextAloud works much better for me.

On Fri, 12 May 2006 15:02:23 -0700, Debee Norling wrote:

>Mary makes great points. This is why I think it is a waste of time to talk
>to big companies. They can't make time for a small group of users and still
>make money.

>But lots of software is written by 1 or 2 guys in a garage. Also as an
>amateur programmer, I don't think making at least some of this software
>accessible is really daunting. That's why wirting a friendly fact-filled
>letter might help.

>Informally, if I've used a program written by a friend or loved one and it
>wasn't accessible, I've asked them to change it. These casual programs were
>typically writtenn in Visual Basic, which I know how to use, so that helps.

>Sometimes it is as simple as setting focus to the proper window and changing
>the tab order. Sometimes it just means adding a few keyboard shortcuts.
>Sometimes it means putting panels in separate windows or fixing a view so
>that its extraneous items can be turned off by unchecking them.

>Occasionally, when a program has come with source code I've been able to
>figure out and fix the problem. But that is altogether too rare.

>I absolutely don't want to ask companies or individuals to totally rewrite a
>product. But I think if a good letter were written to the small developer of
>a product, that clearly spelled out what needed doing, assuming of course
>the program was partially usable already,  the developer would enjoy
>accommodating us.

>As for Premiere, I will have to look at their website. I bought a few
>products from them already and was kind of disappointed with the quality.
>Text-To-Audio in particular is very clunky in my opinion.


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