10.0880 access for the blind

WILLARD MCCARTY (willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Tue, 22 Apr 1997 21:52:06 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 10, No. 880.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Information at http://www.princeton.edu/~mccarty/humanist/

[1] From: Francois Lachance <lachance@chass.utoronto.ca> (19)
Subject: Access URL


Thanks for the re-flash on the needs of blind users.

There is a resource page <cite>The Accessible Web Home Page</cite>
which is a good place to begin exploration of what's available. A link
to WebSpeak, a speaking WWW browser can be found there.


The topos of a person with disabilities is often invoked on discussion
lists pertaining to the HTML standard. The use of browswer-specific
markup or unvalidated mark-up that might break are often discussed as
matters of accessibility.

The topoi of the blind or the deaf can be extended into that of the
culturally produced sensorium. As such it can also serve as a litmus
test for the content quality of a multimedia presentation. Turn off
the sound or turn off the visuals and discover the sensory bias of the
authors. The critics can then amuse themselves by rifting on blindness
and insight in the hopes they will be heard.

Always listening for the opening

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