This is actually a good point in general. There are the average users, who are important and then some, but there are always other use cases too. Even if we can't reasonably support them, they're still there and still merit considering, if nothing else, and without stories like these we'd probably never even know.

So thank you.

On 29/05/15 14:49, Jane Darnell wrote:
My blind mom drives me and my brothers crazy by asking us to read her
Wikipedia articles after she has listened to some book-on-tape or radio
show. It would be great if she could speak the title of the article and
have the article read back to her. If we ignore her, she takes revenge by
turning on the TV full blast and flipping channels until she hears
something that she can follow (very often it's Fox news). She has been
legally blind for about 10 years now and what I have noticed is that she is
very unwilling to listen to machine-read text (though it is better than
nothing). I have often thought it would be good to have a radio channel
that just hooked people like her up with people who are willing to read
articles available online. Probably not something for a Wiki project though
it could be if you used each reading as an opportunity to create or update
an audio recording of the article.

On Fri, May 29, 2015 at 2:02 PM, James Heilman <> wrote:

Yes I agree that well educated, young and technical blind people from
the developed world have found better solutions for using the internet
that we could produce with a listen button.

I see this more for 1) people who do not read because they do not know
how 2) people who are blind but not technical (maybe they are elderly) say that their listen button is used about 1% of the
time. You can see it here

James Heilman
MD, CCFP-EM, Wikipedian

The Wikipedia Open Textbook of Medicine

Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at:
Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at:

Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at:

Reply via email to