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  1. Hi Shelly,

    First of all, let me say that I enjoy your podcasts. Keep up the great work!

    I fear that, perhaps, I was a bit hard on you this morning on the blindcasting list. I am just a little concerned about the use of the term “accessibility”. To me, that term means the technology is usable by as many people as possible, including those of us with disabilities. Accessibility for the partially sighted or visually impaired is, most certainly, not the end of the story. Even if a piece of software works with “reverse video” which I now realize is a configuration setting not a screen magnification application, that absolutely, most certainly does *NOT* mean that it is at all accessible. It just means you can change the program’s display characteristics and use your magnification software to make the pictures and text bigger. It could still represent a nightmare for those of us whom happen to be really blind, depending on screen readers like JAWS, VoiceOver or Window-Eyes in order to use the software on our computers! That’s all. I’m quite confident you understand exactly what I am talking about, but, I fear it doesn’t come across clearly in your blog, mailing list messages or podcasts.

    Again, for the benefit of all, the ability to “reverse video” or make the displayed screens bigger does *NOT* equal accessibility!!!

  2. I don’t believe I *ever* excluded screen reading from my discussion of
    accessibility. In fact, it was the primary topic of my commentary on
    Adam Curry’s show, and that was for a very specific reason. Screen
    reader users represent both a larger fraction of the disabled
    community, and one that is most easily understood by the people and
    companies we’re trying to influence toward greater accessibility.
    Also, the high price of third-party screen readers on Windows
    represents an opportunity for Apple to convert blind people into Mac
    users (their business interest) and provides blind people with a
    cost-effective alternative (our interest). I mention my own use of
    reverse video because I feel that it is an overlooked accessibility
    feature in iTunes specifically, and in other parts of Windows as well.
    It also happens to be an area in which Windows and the Mac OS have
    finally made great strides after many years of shoddy efforts. I talk
    about what I know and what my experience tells me is an easy oversight
    to correct.

    In short, don’t diminish the accessibility tools I need, and I won’t
    diminish the ones you need. We should all be working together.


  3. Shelley, YOU are the hottest thing in podcasting. Love your show. Ellen DeGeneres stole her style from you. I am now an avid subscriber of your show.

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