[access-uk] Re: "New" access plan?

  • From: "Colin Fowler" <col.fowler@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2011 09:39:09 +0100

This would be a completely retrograde step, we need integrated accessibility, 
not something that is going to influence software and web developers not to 
commit to full accessibility for all!

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Peter Beasley 
  To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Friday, July 15, 2011 9:25 AM
  Subject: [access-uk] Re: "New" access plan?

  I agree Amie. we want to be able to use everyday programs not have something 
written especially for us. I know a lot of people use Webbie which is one such 
application, but I won't use it.
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Damon 
    To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2011 10:49 PM
    Subject: [access-uk] Re: "New" access plan?

    I think I need to be able to use Outlook and IE because my colleagues use 
those systems. They seem to work fine for me and I don't want to be a lone 

      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: Ken Reid 
      To: Access List 
      Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2011 10:02 PM
      Subject: [access-uk] "New" access plan?

      All, and especially the more technical among you,

      I recently met with a person who is interested in developing an access 
tool that he feels will make life a lot easier for blind and partially sighted 
PC users.  Below is a description of what he is thinking about.

      If you have any feedback on this, I will forward it to the originator.  
This may be "great idea, why didn't somebody think of this sooner", or "it's 
been done already" - if so where?


      One sentence 

      Voice led clients to access the popular services of the day, initially 
email, calendar, web, twitter. A client in this sense is a program that 
facilitates access, like an email client is the program one uses to read one's 


      The screen reader is a layer placed on top of existing software 
applications. It allows the user to interact with these programs. Most of these 
programs access services that are standard. The most common computing activity 
of the day is web browsing. Why have a separate web browser driven by a screen 
reader? Instead, let's create a new web browser that is designed specifically 
for speech output.

      Let's not stop there. Let's do the same for email, for calendaring, for 
twitter. Let's create a suite of tools that are specifically engineered to 
offer outstanding user experience where the principle interaction method is 

      These are voice led clients. Software programs that facilitate access to 
services through voice.

      Once those voice clients exist, let's create a network of users around 
those clients. Allow users to share relevant data. For example, allow a user to 
share some notes on how to most easily navigate Tesco's web site by voice. 
Allow a user to suggest an alternative site that achieves the same purpose but 
that's easier to use through voice.

      In effect, this creates a meta layer that sits over the top of the web. 
This meta information signposts users to the critical data within pages, 
provides speed enhancements, and empowers consumers. Allow the community of 
voice led users to reward businesses that make voice led interaction easier, 
faster, smoother.

      Empower voice led users to take ownership of their own web experience.


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