Hi Andy and everyone,This is proving to be a most interesting discussion. I hope you get lots of information and can develop something really useful.
Your reference to "curb cuts" prompts me to ask you to try to look far enough around to make sure that something doesn't have unexpected and undesirable results. In some cities, levelling the curb for wheelchairs, while also being helpful for baby carriages, tricycles, bundle buggies, etc., also meant that blind folk found themselves in the middle of the road before they realized it because there was nothing to alert them to where the sidewalk ended and the road began. The solution was simple - a small curb was not a significant barrier to things with wwheels, but gave the blind person the information he/she needed.
But carry on! It looks promising. all the best. Ian Ian D. Nichols, Tioronto, Canada----- Original Message ----- From: "Andreas Stefik" <stefika@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Saturday, October 13, 2007 6:02 PM Subject: Re: The top three big problems
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. Andy __________ View the list's information and change your settings at //www.freelists.org/list/programmingblind
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