Re: Seeking possible tasks for Dueling Operating Systems at CSUN

More good ideas -- thanks.  To clarify, the panel agreed that each person
would go in turn doing the same task, and the order would rotate.
Jamal
On Thu, 6
Mar 2008, Matthew2007 wrote:

> Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2008 10:30:40 -0800
> From: Matthew2007 <matthew2007@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Reply-To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: Seeking possible tasks for Dueling Operating Systems at CSUN
>
> In an effort to include the audience in as much as possible (in this way
> they can follow along very easily just by listening), How about asking the
> users to search for a specific product then mimicking a purchase from a
> website just about everyone in the visually impaired audience will be
> familiar with such as Amazon, NewEgg, or buy.com? Have the contestants start
> from their respective desktop and take it from there.
>
> During your presentation I think you might end up with a problem in terms of
> "crosstalk" as the screen readers will all be jabbering at the same time.
> You might want to decide ahead of time whether you will let the participants
> take turns executing these tasks, or if you want to turn this contest into a
> race. The former will of course take much more time--the latter will be much
> more fun!
>
> You know, you might want to try to find a balance between fun and platform
> function. yes, it will definitely be interesting to see which OS performs
> well in basic everyday tasks we all have to do as blind or visually impaired
> individuals, but you might interweave some more technical aspects of each OS
> into this presentation for those not familiar with an OS other than their
> own. This will introduce us all to the beauty of the other platforms. In
> other words, fun task, then an introduction or illustration of a different
> aspect of an OS for those not familiar with the "other" platform, then back
> to fun task.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Matthew
> ---- Original Message -----
> From: "Jamal Mazrui" <empower@xxxxxxxxx>
> To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2008 4:22 AM
> Subject: Re: Seeking possible tasks for Dueling Operating Systems at CSUN
>
>
> > Thanks, James.  Regarding a web form, if anyone has specific
> > suggestions, let me know.
> >
> > Jamal
> > On Thu, 6 Mar 2008, James Panes wrote:
> >
> >> Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2008 02:36:12 -0500
> >> From: James Panes <jimpanes@xxxxxxxxx>
> >> Reply-To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >> To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >> Subject: Re: Seeking possible tasks for Dueling Operating Systems at CSUN
> >>
> >> A couple of obvious ones:
> >>
> >> 1) Retrieve and respond to an email.
> >>
> >> 2) Use an internet browser to go on-line, fill out a form and submit it.
> >>
> >> Regards,
> >> Jim
> >> jimpanes@xxxxxxxxx
> >> jimpanes@xxxxxxxxxxxx
> >> "Everything is easy when you know how."
> >>
> >> ----- Original Message -----
> >> From: "Chris Meredith" <tallin32@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> >> To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> >> Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2008 10:32 PM
> >> Subject: RE: Seeking possible tasks for Dueling Operating Systems at CSUN
> >>
> >>
> >> Wouldn't that only be effective if the system specs were similar?
> >>
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >> [mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of John Greer
> >> Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2008 6:24 PM
> >> To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >> Subject: Re: Seeking possible tasks for Dueling Operating Systems at CSUN
> >>
> >> Quickest boot times from first press of the on button to screen reader
> >> start.
> >> ----- Original Message -----
> >> From: "Jamal Mazrui" <empower@xxxxxxxxx>
> >> To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> >> Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2008 4:37 PM
> >> Subject: Seeking possible tasks for Dueling Operating Systems at CSUN
> >>
> >>
> >> >I am moderating an event called Dueling Operating Systems at the CSUN
> >> > conference next week.  Three users of an operating system and screen
> >> > reader
> >> > combination will compete for a couple hours:  Windows with JAWS, the
> >> > Mac with VoiceOver, and Gnome/Unix with Orca.
> >> >
> >> > We agreed to develop a long list of possible tasks that would each take
> >> > from about 3 to 5 minutes using software that comes with the operating
> >> > system, except for JAWS and Microsoft Office.  Either I or others I
> >> > enlist
> >> > would pick a selection of tasks from the list at the actual event.
> >> > Each task should be described in a general enough way so that someone
> >> > can
> >> > choose the application and screen reader techniques that achieve the
> >> > same
> >> > result.
> >> >
> >> > If anyone has suggestions about possible tasks to include on the list,
> >> > I
> >> > welcome such input.
> >> >
> >> > Jamal
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