This happened to me on one of those sites where you can get discounted airfares. I wish I remembered the name of the site.
Unfortunately, I think these places won't change unless they lose a considerable amount of business to consumers with disabilities who can't access their sites. I keep trying in hopes that one Web master or another will care enough to change, but that's just how it feels to me.
I'm curious to see what happens with this site. We really need more game choices.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Rick Harmon" <rickharmon@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, March 02, 2006 14:36
Subject: [bct] Uncaring Website owners
I am not sure where to start with this, so I will just tell you my story.
There is a game site on the internet called Its Your Turn.
Well, I have been playing games there since late 1998 when I still had my sight. Its your turn is a board game site with chess, checkers, Othello, connect 4, battle ship, backgammon, stratego and other variations on popular board games.
My problem with the site is that the game board graphics have no text tags on them except the chess boards. I went back to the site after getting JAWS. At first I learned to figure out the boards by the graphics file names only and was able to make good guesses playing a game.
I found 3 other blind people there playing as well as myself. We all asked the owner Mr. Patrick Chu if they would consider putting Alt Text tags on the graphics on the game boards on a game by game basis. They wrote back to me and told me that it sounded like a good idea and that they would look into it. Yes I know its the standard answer we commonly get.
Ok fast forward to today. The game site announced the other day that they were testing a beta site out with all the games re written with .NET programming to make them much faster.
Ok I went to the site and was hoping that since the games were all re written from scratch that they would have put the Alt Text on the graphics then. First game I check is still not accessible.
I wrote the web support people back and asked why the games were still not accessible. They basically told me it wasn't a priority and if I was upset about it they would give me a refund of my membership.
They told me as well that were looking at assistive technologies, so I asked them which ones since Alt Text is the most fundamental and easiest assistive technology there is.
Needless to say they will no longer respond to me there. I realize that the owner is under no obligation at all to make his web site accessible. But you would think it would be good PR to be able to say to the disabled, "come play here, we are accessible for you." I sure think it would be a good move on their parts.
If anyone here is interested, its a good game site and one of the few online that are even close to playable for the blind.
Can anyone here think of any ways to encourage Mr. Chu to help us out?
If anyone here starts playing games there and you can play for free. memberships just let you have unlimited moves per day and more games at a time. Please contact them and tell them you want equal access to the games as the non disabled players have. The more of us that ask then maybe Mr. Chu will decide that it would be good for his wallet as well to help us out and maybe have even more paying members.
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"The chief handicap of the blind is not blindness, but the attitude of seeing people towards them."
- Helen Keller, 1925