Re: GNU Accessibility Statement Online

  • From: "qubit" <lauraeaves@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2010 13:51:11 -0500

Well, it does reflect an agenda, but then client server programming is more 
efficient when operations on the server are minimized.
But then it has very little to do with accessibility -- or does it?
I personally wish there was less need for the server to know I am blind -- I 
mean, if someone really wanted to discriminate, they could go no farther 
than mess up operation of a screen reader as it interacts with the MSAA/UIA 
info provided by the server applications.
I would like to be anonymous.
So for that, I think the statement is applicable.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sina Bahram" <sbahram@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, March 27, 2010 10:03 AM
Subject: RE: GNU Accessibility Statement Online

The following statement really got to me:

"and please don't invite users to do something on a server that they could 
conceivably do on their own computers."

I understand that Stallmann is one of the leading activists against cloud 
computing, but why on earth are you allowing such an
agenda to creap into a statement on accessibility?

In my opinion, this one statement completely undermines the rest of the 
things you're trying to do.

Take care,

-----Original Message-----
From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Chris Hofstader
Sent: Saturday, March 27, 2010 9:00 AM
To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: GNU Accessibility Statement Online


For a couple of months, Richard Stallman and I have been working on the GNU 
Accessibility Statement (GAS)  which takes a no nonsense
approach to endorsing the rights of people with disabilities as regard 
software within the context of free software. I've never read
a more strongly worded statement from any organization regarding software 
and people with disabilities.

GAS also takes a strong stance on free software values but does not endorse 
any specific license, although we would like people to
use GPL.

You can read the statement at:
and send comments to me that we can consider for future revisions of the 


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