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[Access-activists] Next Set of Tasks for GAI
[Access-activists] Next Set of Tasks for GAI
Wed, 30 Jun 2010 07:07:51 -0400
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Peter and Janina: if you haven't yet joined the access-activists mailing
list, please do so as it is the home of our "insiders" whose advice we
value highly so I needn't keep CC'ing you guys on emails to the list. It
is low traffic and I expect it to stay that way for a while.
Next Set of GNU Accessibility Initiatives
As often seems the case, the first people to jump on to a disability
project are the people with vision impairment. So, we have a ton of us
but need help from other groups of people with disability as GNU hopes
to work in a pan-disability manner.
Now that 508/255 is behind us, NFB will start and end soon and GNU and
the vinux guys have worked out an arrangement, we can start on some of
our next group of projects, including working on projects that will
result in AT for people who are not blind.
I want to make some lists for the GNU Accessibility web pages (these do
not exist yet). I want to categorize items into tasks, challenges and
grand challenges. People who have worked with Vanderheiden probably know
the definitions I have in mind but for you who do not, I'll briefly explain:
A task is something that needs to get done that has no prerequisites and
can probably be completed pretty quickly.
A challenge also requires no prerequisites but is a much more
substantial effort that probably requires a team as it will probably not
be easy for a singleton.
A grand challenge is a really big project that requires a ton of effort
and takes AT in a direction we may have not seen before.
I would like to come up with about 100 of these items across the three
We also plan on a table to hold accomplishments but we don't need too
many suggestions for that one.
I want a list of the 100 most important items that need repair or
implementation in Orca and/or the other free AT software for PWVI. This
shouldn't be hard.
While we can yell until we are blue in the face about standards, I would
like a "hall of shame" that lists web sites who we have tried to contact
regarding accessibility who have chosen not to comply anyway. We can add
blog entries regarding sites when they are added to the collection. I'm
especially concerned with those that are used for free software things
as we really want our team to be the vanguard of what I hope turns into
a Gulf like clean up.
Remember, though, we will always give these sites a warning and n days?
months? to remediate their pages.
We need to do something of a kick off for other disabilities being added
to the initiative.
Right now, I think we should get started on:
* A program for people with learning disabilities and/or dyslexia. This
is an enormous group and software like the FS proprietary WYNN and K3000
from KESI show us that a lot of things good for PWVI are building
blocks for software for this population.
While is oft used, I don't like the term "learning disabled" as it spans
the canyon from mental retardation to dyslexia and other print
impairments to autism to cognitive impairments to stroke victims to a
whole lot of other maladies, many of which would require often
I think we need more precise terms in this category.
* We've also discussed "typing disabilities" which is another trash can name as
a bunch of things get tossed in that have little relationship to each other. To wit:
Bill, rms and I all have bad hands from years at keyboards. Our problem can be solved by
dictation software. Our friend Dennis Brown has no forearms (they got blowed off in Viet
Nam) and he can also use dictation. A quad I know who works for Sears in their tower in
Chicago needs to use a blow pipe and an on screen keyboard so dictation is of no value to
him. Others, people with disorders that need hardware solutions. This list can go on and
on and the solutions for each form of disability may be different from each other.
We desparately need advisors regarding other disabilities so please send
I would like to announce that, in one year, we will be working well in the high
value target applications: Firefox, Thunderbird and OpenOffice. These are what
precurement people will judge us on and we want to give users the freedoms of
libre software while also making big improvements to these applications when
compared to our proprietary competitors.
We need to catalogue and evaluate existing free AT software, including things
like word completion and other programs not assumed to be entirely for people
Please add to this list as I am running on low cafeine and have been up since
Director of Access Technology
GNU's Not Unix!
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