Technology and accessibility

It’s something that many do not necessarily think of unless their (or their client’s) target market consists of visually impaired people but it seems the likes of Facebook and one group of Finnish developers are taking it to the next level.

Facebook announced today that they are working with the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) to provide a better-suited interface in Facebook to allow those visual impaired users better navigate the site and get as much use (and ease of use) out of the Facebook patform as others.

A group of Finnish developers at the University of Tampere in Finland are attempting to address the issue of bringing Braille to touch-screen mobile phones.

They came up with two methods of presenting Braille. The first requires test volunteers to swipe their fingers across the screen to read each of the six dots in the 2 x 3 matrix in Braille.

The second method generated a sequence of six dots, each 360 milliseconds apart, when the user taps and holds on the character. It turned out the volunteers were more comfortable with the latter option, though not without some learning and getting used to. – source CNET

Take a look at the CNET post for more details about this.

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VOTD: 21 accents

Came across this video of a very talented lady by the name of Amy Walker who very seemlessly and (by my count) very accurately does 21 different accents. Take alook and see, or rather listen, for yourself.

If you’d like to see more of her work and learn how to pronounce various accents yourself, take a look at her YouTube channel.

Below is an interview with the talented Miss Walker and how this all started.

Also interesting to note that she’s been so surprised at how popular her 21 accents video became that she’s starting a project called Connected by SoulFire Films. She’s emploring individuals like yourself out there (1 million of them) to donate $1 to the project and your name will be on the list of credits.

To show the world that our personal SoulFire is increased exponentially when we work together. Instead of relying on a corporate studio to fund this film, we’re inviting YOU to join in the filmmaking process for only $1.00.

As a SoulFire Global Community Member, Your Name will be shown in the credits of the film “Connected”.

Members can interact and follow our progress as “Connected” journeys from script to screen.

The Larger Goal: to create a web community where Everyone can realize their SoulFire Dreams. United, our firsts have a power beyond anything we can do alone. – source SoulFire website.

To find out more about Connected and SoulFire Films check out the SoulFire website or her YouTube channel.