[bksvol-discuss] Re: paragraphs for validators, general question

  • From: "siss52" <siss52@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2005 16:48:57 -0600

I am deaf-blind but I like paragraphs rather than skipped lines.  This has
been discussed before.

Sue S.

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From: Natasha
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Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2005 4:00 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: paragraphs for validators, general question

Cindy makes a good reminder here all, while the population of bookshare
users who are blind/visually impaired far outnumbers those users of
bookshare with other print disabilities (or at least it would seem that way
by the participants on this list and my own encounters) there are still
bookshare patrons who are sighted and may have a learning, reading, or even
physical disability that prevents them from being able to read printed
books. I'd think that it would be rather annoying/inconvenient to some of
these sighted users to receive a book that had zero indication of
paragraphs. I think since a majority of us booksharians are blind/vi, we
tend to forget that there is a whole additional population out there that
also use/benefit from bookshare's wonderful e-texts. As a courtesy to them,
i always try to include some kind of indication of new paragraphs, graphs
and pictures, etc. These same things may also benefit low vision users of
bookshare who may even just use a screen magnifier to read bookshare
materials. Too much uninterrupted text was very overwhelming to me as a high
partial reader and often caused my eyes to tire more easily/quickly.
So, my point is, let's be just as conscious of the needs of the other
individuals who use bookshare as we are of the needs of the blind/vi users.
After all, we never know when our own needs and the abilities of technology
will change. *smile*

Natasha & Fossey

"Footsteps in the snow
suggest where you have been,
Point where you are going,
But where they suddenly vanish,
Never dismiss the possibility of flight."
  ~Book of Night With Moon, ch. 11, V. 3
     ~ as quoted in A Wizard Alone, by Diane Duane

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