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Re: Web Accessibility For Notetakers


From: Lucy Greco
Date: Nov 18, 2015 11:33AM

blind users are able to use all of the sites you mention there is no
reason to make these more simplified. what you reely should be asking
for is ways to learn how to use modern web apps. using devices lie a
braille note or braille sense are crutches. these devices were never meant
to be the way to access the INTERNET i get vary frustrated when blind
people say i can't use a web site with my 12 year old or more technology
my advice to a person wanting to by a note taker today is save your
money and pay for training on how to use a computer and mobile phone to do
your tasks and you will still have money left at the end to by things on
the INTERNET that your modern devices can access. i get vary upset when
students come to me saying i can't use a web site with my braille note.
when the web site is accessible if they were just using the write tech to
do so.
in the age of bring your own device we have a responsibility to be sure
the device we are bringing meets the base line for security and
access that every one else has to meet. If a blind person is useing a
device like a braille note to do things like enter there ssn or other
personal data its only a matter of time before that data is used against

On Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 9:36 AM, Ella Yu < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> Thank you for your insights, Simon.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Simon Evans < <EMAIL REMOVED>
> To: WebAIM Discussion List < <EMAIL REMOVED>
> Date sent: Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:19:09 +0000
> Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Web Accessibility For Notetakers
> Hi Ella,
> WinCE with only IE6 being so popular in disability contexts definitely
> gives this merit; its still supported/licensed until 2016/2018 too, so
> brand new BrailleNotes and several popular AAC/enviroment focused
> devices still ship with it. Even when newer hardware allows a move to
> later operating systems, the high cost of these devices will often mean
> a geological lifespan for earlier models.
> Accessibility was a good argument for maintaining limited 'IE6 support'
> on websites, but one that was drowned out by the huge weight of hate
> against it in general use and the focus on screenreaders and new
> Standards in accessibility circles. Since its official demise on
> desktops, most developers probably don't consider IE6 for an instant and
> awareness of specialist hardware is generally quite low.
> I'd guess if you raise the prominence of the use case, some influential
> bloggers/writers might pick up on it - it's quite an interesting,
> 'counter-cultural' issue and one that adversely effects thousands of
> people.
> Simon
> On 11/11/2015 1:28 AM, Ella Yu wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm hoping this is acceptable for this list. I'm wondering if it is
> possible to make certain sites such as outlook, gmail, google services
> (play, groups and drive) and yahoo services more accessible for people
> who have old browsers and are unable to upgrade. I think these sites
> could be simplified and have the same essential features. What do you
> think?
> > > > > > > > >

Lucia Greco
Web Accessibility Evangelist
IST - Architecture, Platforms, and Integration
University of California, Berkeley
(510) 289-6008 skype: lucia1-greco
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