Meanwhile, what they don't show is the nightmare that software developers have to get their software able to be actually used by those who cannot see. I worked for a major credit card company that proudly proclaimed that they were always willing and able to hire the handicapped and work with them in order that they can do the sme job as those who aren't handicapped. A TV newscast reporter was shown that this credit card company bought a braille embosser to be used by their blind employees when printed material had to be made, such as reference materials or software manuals. What they did not tell the reporter was that only the LAN team were allowed to work with this embosser to get it to work with their Intranet system. I could get it to work if I had been allowed to, but I was not given permission or access. As a result, the blind employees got no brailled material. A year later, the same reporter came out to do another human interest story on the company and he noticed that not one of the blind employes had any braille reference materials at his or her desk. When asked about why, I told him the reason. The story appeared in the paper the next week. I got into hot water for telling the truth, revealing the company's deplorable policy.

Microsoft has earned a reputation based on it's past performance. Releasing buggy and crappy operating systems, then, eventually, fixing the known issues before the next buggy crappy release of yet another OS. I don't know anyone who runs out and buys the newest releases from them when they first appear on shelves. They always wait until at least the second fix before buying. Only problem is, it will soon be scrapped for the new. Then, here we go again.


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Microsoft does have an excuse um I mean accessibility solutions, like their sapi voices and charmap.

They show it off to make people see how kind they are accomadating the disabled. ----- Original Message ----- From: "dark" <d...@xgam.org>
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Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2010 8:53 PM
Subject: Re: [Audyssey] Tomb Hunter Error


Bloody capitalism!

I did actually find the switch to office 2007 quite irritating, not that it was expressly inaccessible, but having to look for things like spellcheck in random places was a real pain (I stil haven't found the wordcount option).

It is ultimately an inherent access problem that what is necessarily better visually with more information and contextual items desplayed on screen ready for mouse clicking is not necessarily better for a Vi user attempting to find small amounts of information with a minimum of keyboard use.

If big coorperations like microsoft could be brought to account for this and include access modes as well as the shiny new interface it would be a good thing, ---- but sadly the almighty prophit margin means that won't happen.

Beware the grue!

Dark.


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