Re: Flight or Space Shuttle sim

Hi Inthane,

I've recently been thinking about how to make flight sims accessible myself. A significant part of flying and mosts tasks involving motion is manipulating spatial relationships. I think I've figured out a way to do this non visually in quite an easy way. I still need to do a couple of bits of research to find out whether my idea will work and if not where it is failing but things are looking promising at the moment.

Will
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Subject: Flight or Space Shuttle sim


alright now were on topic, grins!

the only trouble with this is 1. if you want to be the pilot, either your
doing almost nothing except watching the computer do it's thing, or you
would (to make it real as can be) need to pay out the extreme amount of
funds that the high caliber flight sim games require.

my cousin got into that, and bought the whole set up, which ran him about
2500 if I am remembering correctly, but when he got it all assembled and
plugged in, he had a honestly realistic looking and acting flight sim
(without the motion/reaction cage) to play in.

but you could make a decent sort of sim using keyboard and a multi function
joystick, have been thinking about that one for a while now
wouldn't be near the real, or even demi real ones, but could be fun none the
less.

comments anyone?

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----- Original Message ----- From: "John Greer" <jpgreer17@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2007 1:48 PM
Subject: Re: Really OT Blind Pilot? Re: Team Excellence Award Winner


lol, I hear ya. My post was half joking but half serious. They could put me up on one and I don't think I would complain at all. Although, I hope they are going to Mars or something when they go. A space shuttle or jet flight sim for the blind would be a nice little project for people on this list to give consideration. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Sina Bahram" <sbahram@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2007 3:30 PM
Subject: RE: Really OT Blind Pilot? Re: Team Excellence Award Winner


Actually it's only 10 to 20 million, depending on when you go and all that.

I'm sorry, but that's so worth it to me ... something about wanting to be an
astrophysicist before I could spell the word and reading hawking and Kip
Thorn's stuff when I was 7, for the first time, and then repeatedly again
every other year ... enjoying them, and always learning more from them.

And here I am in computer science ... well, the money's better, that's for
sure, and I do so love the field, but *sigh*, I'd give anything to sit on a
mostly stable bomb and get blasted into space.

Anyways, we are so beyond off topic.

Take care,
Sina

-----Original Message-----
From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of John Greer
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2007 4:17 PM
To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Really OT Blind Pilot? Re: Team Excellence Award Winner

hmmm, how about the space shuttle.  It is pretty much computer controlled
from take off to landing.  In fact the Russians have said they will take
anyone up as long as the price is right. Maybe the first spare 100 million someone gets they can go up and write to the list how it was.----- Original
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From: "James Panes" <jimpanes@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2007 6:59 AM
Subject: Really OT Blind Pilot? Re: Team Excellence Award Winner


Hmmmm, a blind pilot. I suppose that with audio and tactile AT, it
might be possible. The real problem with both a blind pilot and a
blind web designer is that the tactile and audio channels are much
narrower band width inputs than sight. It is a fact that pilots land
planes blind frequently. They rely on the readings from their
instruments to land in low visibility conditions where the amount they
can see out the aircraft windows is worse than useless.

As things are right now, we are not going to see blind race-car
drivers or pilots any time soon, but don't be so close-minded about it.

Regards,
Jim
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"Everything is easy when you know how."

----- Original Message -----
From: "Alex Parks" <mehgcap@xxxxxxx>
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2007 7:26 PM
Subject: Re: Team Excellence Award Winner


I agree, Rick.  Some things are not going to happen for blind
people--if I get on a plane and the pilot is blind, I am most
certainly getting right back off.  However, I know many blind people
who are very successful at whatever they do, from running a vending
machine business to hiking the Apalation (sorry for the
spelling) Trail.  I am blind and want a degree in computer science so
I can work for HW or a similar company.  Just because someone cannot
see means nothing, especially in this age of such powerful and "smart"
technology.  As I said, some things are out of the reach of people
with no sight but in 50 years..  Who knows? Since this is supposed to
be a list about programming, though, can we please get it back on
track and not have 20+ messages a day on this topic?

Have a great day,
Alex

----- Original Message -----
From: "Rick Harmon" <rickharmon@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date sent: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 19:04:45 -0500
Subject: Re: Team Excellence Award Winner

Matthew,

It seems as if you aren't willing to give someone qualified to do
their job
a chance if they are blind?  I hope this isn't so since you are
blind
yourself.  I'd hate to see someone discriminate against you soely
because of
your being blind.  I know I don't want to be discriminated
against soley
because of my being blind.  I'm not sure if your just trying to
prove a
point or your really meaning what you've said in your posts.  You
said you
wouldn't have a blind lawyer and now a blind doctor either.
Please explain.

If someone is qualified to do their job then it's simply not fair
to say you
wouldn't allow them to do their job for you based on the fact
they are
blind.

Thanks,

Rick


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----- Original Message -----
From: "Matthew2007" <matthew2007@xxxxxxxxxxx
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2007 6:52 PM
Subject: Re: Team Excellence Award Winner


In your own opinion you're good.  What objective measures or
assessments can
you show for your claims? My point is that you are making the
same mistake
as those who claim blind people can make websites as good as
sighted people.
They are basing their arguments on personal anecdotal experience.
I'm sorry
but if I walked into a medical center and discovered that the
person helping
my elderly parent learn to control her Parkinson's related
movement disorder
is a blind person, I'm going somewhere else.  I want someone who
will be able
to make an educated comprehensive assessment based on their own
assessment
of the situation and not have to go through someone else to
convey to them
the patient's physical movements.

Matthew
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dale Leavens" <dleavens@xxxxxxx
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2007 1:09 PM
Subject: Re: Team Excellence Award Winner


This entire thread is ridiculous.  Loads of sighted people can't
design a
decent Web site.  Just when did it become necessary for each and
every blind
person to perform above the standard of the best sighted designer
or
anything else for that matter.  That is a pretty high standard
and just below
God.

Loads of blind programmers and Web authors can out design and out
code many
thousands maybe millions of Web pages out there.  Why isn't that
enough? If
one excels for any reason at any level let us celebrate that.

I am a Physiotherapist.  I am darn good at rehabilitating
acquired brain
injuries, I suck at respiratory conditions and don't much care.
This does
not negate my value.  Admittedly I haven't won any awards either.

Congratulations and thank you to the extent I, as a blind person
can benefit
from any reflected glory.

Now can we possibly return to the regularly scheduled programme?
Dale Leavens, Cochrane Ontario Canada
DLeavens@xxxxxxx
Skype DaleLeavens
Come and meet Aurora, Nakita and Nanook at our polar bear
habitat.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Léonie Watson" <tink@xxxxxxxxxx
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2007 3:14 PM
Subject: RE: Team Excellence Award Winner


Matthew,

You seem to be suggesting that a VI person can't succeed, or rise
to
eminence in their field, in a sighted world.  I sincerely hope
that you're
suggesting nothing of the kind, but perhaps you'd be good enough
to clarify
your scepticism?


Regards,
Léonie.

-----Original Message-----
From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Matthew2007
Sent: 29 November 2007 16:30
To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Team Excellence Award Winner

In an effort to take your anecdotal post and bring it to life,
name these
people.  I want to try to find them and research the particulars
of their
situations.  After all, there is a nice big picture from 2003 of
that moron
in the white house standing on a freight carrier next to a sign
stating
"victory." We all know what this picture leads us to believe, but
the truth
is very different.

Matthew
---- Original Message -----
From: "inthaneelf" <inthaneelf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2007 12:45 AM
Subject: Re: Team Excellence Award Winner


*taking a deep breath*, *counting to ten*,

*reciting mantra's to calm my spirit*

teddy, one doesn't become a professional foot ball player in the
NFL by
being better than the worst foot ball player, or by being even
with the
average players despite his having only half of his right
foot...

one does not become a respected and well paid attorney by being
just
better than someone who knows nothing about the intricacies of
the law,
nor a professional class skier by being equal to sighted average
skiers,
despite the fact that the gentleman is both blind and a double
amputee...

one does not earn the title of fencing master, even sighted, by
only
fencing with those who are average with a foil, or by fencing
only with
those who are blind, even if one is blind themselves..

these are the types of people I am talking about, they are
masters of
there fields, despite there disadvantages, not over those who
don't or
haven't learned how, I'm talking about people with distinct
disadvantages
that makes there choice of work seem ridiculous to many, and
force the
world to recognize that if one wishes to, and is willing to do
what is
required to accomplish it, that they can be a top gun in there
field, no
matter what...

quit with the f...  reeking you can't, because if one of us
wishes to put
forth the effort, and the time, we can, period end of quote!

inthane
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Octavian Rasnita" <orasnita@xxxxxxxxx
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2007 11:06 PM
Subject: Re: Team Excellence Award Winner


Oh yes that could be true.  There are sighted persons that don't
even know

how to use a computer.  So we can say that we as web designers
are better
at web design than them.  But who cares that we can be better
than those
sighted that don't know too many things?
We should be better comparing us with the medium-skilled sighted
web
designer....  at least.
But unfortunately a medium-skilled web designer might know to
create
images, maybe a little Flash, some Javascript, and nobody will
care that
he doesn't put a document type declaration at the top of his web
pages,
or that his pages won't be W3C compliant.

If you will check the Google's web page with the W3C's html
validator, it

will tell you:

Failed validation, 30 Errors

So...  of course W3C's validator is not important at all,
because Google's

page is very accessible, very simple, and with a design....
better said
almost without any design.


Octavian

----- Original Message -----
From: "inthaneelf" <inthaneelf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2007 8:40 AM
Subject: Re: Team Excellence Award Winner


teddy that is far from what I meant, my computer locked up on my
previous reply, so I'll take my time since I seem to have a
habit of
overloading my machine, and I'll get back on this later, if I
don't
decide it doesn't warrant a reply when I cool down..

I can tell you about a number of "handicapped" people that have
mastered

areas that are thought of as "sighted and fit" only areas as
well or
better than most of there "whole and healthy" fellow humans

laters,
inthane
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Programs, and
Links to Jamal Mazrui's Text tutorial packages and Applications,
visit
me at:
http://grabbag.alacorncomputer.com
.  to be able to view a simple programming project in several
programming

languages, visit the Fruit basket demo site at:
http://fruitbasketdemo.alacorncomputer.com

----- Original Message -----
From: "Octavian Rasnita" <orasnita@xxxxxxxxx
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2007 1:32 PM
Subject: Re: Team Excellence Award Winner


Oh yes, that's true, and sometimes the screen reader doesn't
even show
us the correct colors, and even if it show us that 2 words come
one
after another in the same line, it doesn't tell us that maybe
the first

is a static word in a iframe element and the other one is a text
written dynamicly by a javascript code, and it might scroll
slowly up
or down becoming very confusing for us at a page refresh.

I think we shouldn't fight for beeing what we can't be.  Oh yes,
there
are handicapped people without a leg that participate in
different
sports, showing that they can do more, but we all know that they
will
never be equal to a healthy person, no matter how good or bad he
is.

And let's not forget that the productivity of the work is also
important.  What we can do would have a very low value if we
would be
able to do it in a much longer period than a sighted designer.

Octavian

----- Original Message -----
From: "inthaneelf" <inthaneelf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2007 10:35 PM
Subject: Re: Team Excellence Award Winner


which except for rare occasions is not practical Marlon, since
we live

in a sighted world, and the majority of folks that we are going
to
need to deal with are sighted, I'm sorry that you have no
experience
in the visual view of things, this is one area where I have an
advantage.

but...  you can't avoid the visual world, it's out there, it's
the
majority, and so you might as well learn the tricks for dealing
with
it, use the standards and templates  when and where you can, and
do
your best to adapt.

the best description for trying to convey sight to a person that
has
never had it, was spoken by a blind dude that never had sight in
his
life,

its the description I use now a days, since I have found myself
often
trying to describe visual aspects to those who have never had
site.

one thing you should do if you haven't, go to a web site, keep
yourself at the top of the page, and turn on the invisible
cursor and
go up and down the page to see what it actually looks like, such
as,
the  that that instead of the vertical column that jaws presents
us
with, that its actually more like a message written in Braille,
including the navigation links which run from left to right
across the

page, not in the vertical column that is presented to us.

take care, and good luck,
inthane
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Programs, and
Links to Jamal Mazrui's Text tutorial packages and Applications,
visit

me at:
http://grabbag.alacorncomputer.com
.  to be able to view a simple programming project in several
programming languages, visit the Fruit basket demo site at:
http://fruitbasketdemo.alacorncomputer.com

----- Original Message -----
From: "Marlon Brandão de Sousa" <splyt.lists@xxxxxxxxx
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2007 9:01 AM
Subject: Re: Team Excellence Award Winner


Hello folks,
Well I have never seen ...  so I have no a ...  let's call it
..
visual
standards so, although I can technically do it very well ...  I
can
not
plan, like imagine, build ...  a nice visual interface, because
I
don't
know what it is expected.  A quick example is I beleaved
gfirmly
that
the windows explorer put the folder treeview in the top and the
listview below it, and I couldn't beleave when a guy tould me
naturally that the treeview was in the left and the listview
was
in
the right!!!!
Similarly, because of the top down aproach most part of screen
readers use to present web content, I have dificulties to
imagine hwat exactly sighted people expect to see in a webpage
or something like
this.
I can plan the components of the interface, but deciding * and
putting
* them in the more "apropriate" place or planning what would
happen
if
one changes their screen resolution or diicovering by teory how
browsers would react to it without testing is something very
different.
If I had been sighted (and lost my sight after the modern look
and
feel's I perhaps would be totally able to build interfaces
based
on
the standards of what should be common to folks, but the only
thing I
can do for now is build an interface based on someone's
specifications.  And even then I will spend eforts trying to
build
something which belongs to a group of situations that I can't
imagine
very well ...  and, again, I wouldn't be able to test my own
work,
which seen something pretty nasty to any [programmer I know of
..
now
the point is: For sure many blind folks can do gui's, but they
will
feel more confortable and be more productive if they're doing
something which has not a visual result as its goal ...  which
should
be perfectly logical.
Thanks
Marlon

2007/11/28, jaffar <jaffar@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
Hi Jim.  Excellent news.  Congrats Jeff.  Just shows what, if
you
all will
forgive the pun, application will do for one, not to mention
hard
work and
determination, and the willingness to try.  Cheers!
----- Original Message -----
From: <james.homme@xxxxxxxxxxxx
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2007 9:42 PM
Subject: Team Excellence Award Winner



Hi All,
Where I consult, one of our fellow listers was on a team who
won
a

very
prestigious award.  The team developed a highly visible web
application.
Jeff Fidler designed and coded the GUI interface for the site
using HTML, CSS and Javascript.  He used Section 508 and W3C
techniques and
the

sighted
people in the company rave about it.

I write this to urge anyone who thinks that someone who is
blind cannot design Web interfaces well to keep on trying.
You can do it.

Jim

James D Homme, , Usability Engineering, Highmark Inc.,
james.homme@xxxxxxxxxxxx, 412-544-1810

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