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On Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 5:05 PM, Shiju Alex <>wrote:

> Dear Wikimedians
> I would like share an unusual story (unusual - especially for Indic
> language wiki communities) that Malayalam wiki community had faced few
> months back.
> In the month of February 2011, I had received an SOS call from a school
> teacher (Satyasheelan) who is teaching at the Government School for the
> Blind in the Kasargod 
> distric<>t
> of Kerala. Satyasheelan was seeking Malayalam wikipedian's support to fix
> few issues that he and his students faced with few Malayalam alphabets when
> they  read Malayalam wikipedia using a speech synthesizing software called
> eSpeak <>. His phone call was surprise to us
> since Malayalam wikimedians were not aware that visually challenged people
> are using Malayalam wikipedia. (We were aware about the existence of a
> software by Santhosh (named Dhawni <>) to
> read unicode Malayalam (and other Indic languages also) which is in its
> early stages of development). So Satyasheelan's call was surprising.
> After his phone call few Malayalam wikipedians (Junaid, Thachan Makan, and
> I) contacted Jonathan Duddington <>, the
> primary developer (?) of eSpeak, and we worked with him to fix the issues
> for Malayalam that Satyasheelan had pointed out. Jonathan  fixed the issues
> pretty fast and later Satyasheelan informed us that now they are able to use
> Malayalam wikipedia without any issues.
> Later while we were planning for the 4th Malayalam wiki 
> meetup<>(2011
>  July 11) at Kannur, we decided to invite Satyasheelan to conduct a
> session, since Malayalam wikimedians liked to hear the experience of
> students of Blind school (using Malayalam wikipedia). But when Satyasheelan
> came for the meetup we were surprised and taken aback when we learnt that
> Satyasheelan is also a visually challenged person. Few of the his colleagues
> (who are also visually challenged) also attended the meetup. Satyasheelan
> was accompanied by his son, Nalin.
> The meetup was attended by more than 80 Malayalam wikipedians. Few photos
> are available 
> here<>.
> We are happy that Bishaka, Hisham, and Tory were kind enough to join us for
> this meetup. There were various programs conducted as part of this meetup
> (the report of the meetup is available at various locations (in Malayalam)).
> Definitely the highlight of the meetup was the demonstration by
> Satyasheelaman. So this mail is about that.
> Malayalam wikimedian Ajay Kuyiloor took extra efforts to record
> Satyasheelan's session. We are sharing an edited version of this session
> assuming that this information will help other Indic language wiki
> communities.
> The video of Satyasheelan's session is available here: *
>* The duration of the video is
> around 9 minutes. We specially thank Ajay Kuyiloor, Girish Mohan, and Jithin
> who worked on this video. We admit the low quality of video since we were
> not prepared for such a session. Inconvenience due to this is deeply
> regretted.
> Malayalam community is welcoming your comments regarding this story so that
> the discussion regarding this will benefit rest of the Indic wiki
> communities also. We are actually humbled by the fact that work we do in
> wikipedia is reaching out to people from all wakes of life.
> *NOTE:* Satyasheelan specially thanked Malayalam wikimedians for creating a
> special navigational 
> template<>for
>  reaching out easily to wikipedia articles. I still remember in 2008 when
> Malayalam wikipedia user:Sadhik Khalid
> <>created
> this template, some of us had doubted the need of such a template. Our doubt
> was, why such a template is required when users can reach out to articles
> easily using serach box. Now to our surprise we understood this template is
> very much useful for the visually challenged people (whom we never thought
> about before).
> Video of Satyasheelan's  session is available here:*
> Thanks
> Shiju Alex
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