Posts tagged with "accessibility"
Published! The extensions is available for Opera 11+
Update 2010-12-01: version 1.21 now available. As is a change log
I have been messing around with the extension stuff for a while. The project is to improve the usability of accesskeys, and version 1.1 actually works (although there are a lot of improvements I want to make).
This page will serve as the user documentation for the foreseeable future (which means I will add 'update this' to the list of things I need to do as I make changes).
(I realise this isn't actual magic yet - people like Gez Lemon have made extensions to improve accesskey behaviour in browsers before. Opera has the best accesskey implementation today but we can improve. This is an attempt to prototype what I think a good accesskey implementation would do).
(This is effectively a write up of the last section of a presentation I gave at CSUN recently. And it is a request for thoughts and comments so I can solidify it and push any good bits to proper standardisation).
The first time I saw a real movie on the Web with captions, he had done it (and translated it into spanish for good measure). He was one of the people who taught me to speak Spanish, and to love Spain.
He turned up one day at a conference with his guitar and sang us a song he had written, to a tune of his, that I recorded on my phone. He later recorded it in a studio. For me, it is the song of accessibility. It may not be the best song he ever wrote, but as a memorial it's not a bad one.
Te echaré de menos, Rafa. Ahora tengo lagrimas en lugar de las palabras.
My left eye is not bad. My right eye is not very good. A couple of months ago I lost my glasses, and had to revert to my "emergency" pair. Which had become my emergency pair becaus the right lens dropped out and was lost forever.
A month of working with those (and needing them, because my right eye was so often useless that I was really pushing the left) had me wondering if I would have learned to favour one eye.
At Gregory's place, the courier delivered my glasses. They are new, funky, don't have real frames, just arms and things stuck onto the lenses. They sit high, and they are amazingly light. (I have worn glasses for about ten years. When I was younger my eyesight was just as bad, but I had more energy to strain my eyes. I started with glass lenses, and have moved to ever-lighter glasses bit by bit).
Funnily enough, the courier also delivered my privacy screen to Gregory. It's a bit of plastic, made by the same people who invented those little yello sticky notes that are everywhere now. It is almost transparent, so long as you look at it straight on. From about 45˚ it is hard to see much at all, so I can sitin a meeting and read confidential mail in large type without worrying about who else is having it waved in front of them.
I wonder if the couriers thought about this, as they asked a blind guy to sign for a package. When I was younger I delivered televisions and the like around the suburbs of Melbourne for a while. Occasionally I would be asked to explain how to operate a new television or video recorder - and I remember that while blind people would ask for detailed explanations, they would also actually be good at remembering them. It struck me that having a couple of video recorders and a couple of TV's, all connected together, it would make sense to be good at remembering how each one worked. I don't think I had thought about it much before, but it seemed reasonable for people who had a lot of spare time to want to copy video cassettes, and record a lot of stuff.
Someone recently asked what blind people do with a photo website. I recall going to buy my first digital camera, with a blind friend who was replacing his (I should have just bought his old one, I guess), and asking him where he put his photos. He collected them, asked a bunch of friends to tell him which were good and which weren't (and what was in them), and then he stored them or sent them to people. Same as anyone does. After all, there are only a few things you can do with photos.
So, if you wonder what a blind person does with a camera, the answer seems to be "same as everyone else - take some great photos and some dreadful ones, and show them to people".For some of the shots, the fact that the camera is a cheap nasty one is actually a bonus - it creates a real mood. For others it is a big shame, because they would be cool with a little higher quality.
Anyway, if you have time to describe a few photos, I am interested to see how other people go about it in practice... Maybe something really useful can be built out of this.
And if you are curious, or keen on some of the accessibility features in Opera, or just can't go past the preferences of a new program without looking into it, you might have come across the feature released as an easter egg in one of the preview releases of Opera 9.
Or if you look into the keyboard shortcuts, you might find some odd ones for Mac, like RC_PLAY as a key.
Yes, you can use your remote control for browsing (or anything you can do in Opera, although text entry requires a fair bit more customisation).
If you leave alone the menu button, to move out of Opera, you can apparently click or longclick each of the four directions on the remote, and the play button in the middle, which effectively gives 10 free buttons.
What are the 10 most important functions? Could you survive with a 10-button keyboard? What would it be epecially good for?
Widgets and things
Twitter, blogs, comments...
Twitter is quick, but not always great. I always wanted a blog made up of comments - and this link category is a step in making one :)
WYSIWYG Editors and HTML
Response to well-written blog explaining why "WYSIWYG Editors hate HTML5". I agree there are problems, I think there are solutions available.
WYSIWYG Editors and HTML, pt 2
Further exploration of how things really are and what can usefully be done.
JAWS got it wrong. Just handing over the keyboard is stupid - even if the role itself is not.
Entrevista con Jan Standal
Respuestas a los comentarios sobre una entrevista de Jan Standal (de Opera).
Opera Brasil na Noruega
Fotos que quero (e não)
(Muchos comentarios, un articulo)
Una conversación sobre la Web Móvil
Improving accessibility - what do we need?
It's not about one magic solution - this is a complex problem and lots of things need to be done.
Unite geolocation app
Cool ways to manage your own location data
Código abierto y Opera
Porque ser abierto no es la diferencía entre exito y la muerte.
HTML - a new standard
CSSquirrel suggests that listening to more people would make HTML better. I agree, but there are people who already influence HTML and should think about how they can do it better.
Walking in an exoskeleton, and why it isn't necessary
There is a big difference between (disabled) people achieving something, and expecting that everyone should do things "like us".