Re: The top three big problems

  • From: "Andreas Stefik" <stefika@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2007 15:02:41 -0700

Thanks for that great response, Will. I think my own personal interest
in creating development tools for the blind programming community is
that I think it will lead to some really innovative ways of navigating
and understanding code, probably in ways that are hard to do visually.
I think, while perhaps an old argument, that my mind keeps coming back
to the idea of curb cuts. Originally, with curb cuts the idea was to
cut in to make curbs accessible to wheelchairs. At first glance, this
may sound like a custom change that only helps a small community,
although as we now know, it makes bike access, stroller access, and
other wheeled access more accessible for all.

I think of the programming tools for the blind in the same way. By
studying how we can best represent speech for analyzing state
information, control flow, data flow, whatever, and carefully
controlling how navigation and other issues work, we might be able to
create programming tools that are wildly more effective for the blind
and at least potentially more effective in general.

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