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LYNX-DEV RE: lynx-dev: NYTimes article on blind & internet

From: David Combs
Subject: LYNX-DEV RE: lynx-dev: NYTimes article on blind & internet
Date: Mon, 9 Dec 1996 17:03:28 -0800

RE: NY Times Article on Blind & Web, by Sreenath Sreenivasan

FYI: NYTimes, Monday, 2dec96, page D7 (ie, in business section),
  had long article on how blind can use the web.

(For our list's more PR-minded)


American Foundation for the Blind (in New York).

Larry Scadden ("who works on technology issues for the
  disabled at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Va,
  and is blind.")

Kelly Ford of Gresham, Ore, who runs Webwatch, an accessibility
  discussion group on the Internet.

Richard Ring, who runs the National Federation of the Blind's
  International Braille and Technology Center in Baltimore.

"DOS-based nonvisual browsers like Lynx".  (This sentence-part is
  the ONLY mention of Lynx, is re the EARLY 90's, 
  and is for the old DOS one at that).

Mr. Gregory Rosmaita, blind, now Web Master of the Caldwell College
  site (is still a student there, I infer).  "But with special 
  training and improved screen readers, users like Mr.l Rosmaita 
  have been able to use the web more effectively."

PW Webspeak: "For other users, PW Webspeak, a nonvisual browser, provides a 
  straightforward way to use the Internet."   "Instead of reading aloud what
  is on a computer screen, Webspeak reads the H.T.M.L. ... and interprets 
  it directly. This format lets people with low vision and dyslexia surf 
  the Web at their own pace.
"Tom dekker, who runs the Visually Impared Computer Users Group of New
  York, has used PW Webspeak. \"It does make things easier, because the
  learning curve is higher with screen readers,\" he said.  PW Webspeak
  now comes with a built-in version of Real Audio, a program made by
  Progressive Networks Inc.  The technology, which allows users to listen
  to continuous streams of audio broadcasts, is attractive to blind
  users who depend on aural communication."

"The competition between the two leading Internet browsers, Microsoft's
  Internet Explorer and Netscape Communications; Navigator,
  also affects blind computer users.  Explorer allows
  users to easily substitute keyboard commands, which Netscape does
  not yet do. 

NOTHING mentioned about the version of Lynx used and enjoyed by the blind
users on this mailing list.

"WHERE TO GO" (I myself have gone to none):

  Caldwell College:
  On Island Communications:
  Cathy's Newstand:
  Camera Osbcura (sic?): www.hicom.het/~oedipus
  Young Opportunities Inc:
  Ann Morris Enterprises:
  The Outpost: (sic?)

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