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Re: Speech enabling software


From: Patrick H. Lauke
Date: Dec 14, 2005 7:40PM

Glenda Watson Hyatt wrote:

> As a person with a disability who has to pay ridiculously overly-priced
> prices for "accessibility" - whether wheelchairs, assistive technologies,
> blah, blah, blah - it is nice to think that some site owners share the cost
> of "accessibility".

Yes, but taking the analogy of the wheelchair, what BrowseAloud have
done here is invent a completely new type of wheelchair which
(supposedly) only works on a particular type of surface; they give it
away for free, and then tell every building owner that they need to pay
them to add their special surface compound on all their floor
surfaces...when it fact it turns out that they only made their
wheelchair recognise whether or not it's running on the proprietary
surface and cut off the electric motor if it's not.

I agree, sharing the cost and even reverting the traditional model is
fine, but I find it ethically questionable how their plugin could work
on all sites, for everybody...but they neuter it to only work on
"approved" sites. That's simply holding site owners to ransom.

Patrick H. Lauke