What does a city for women look like?
"In the city for women, a woman can sit alone in parks, linger, run, jog, without much diminished fear at any time of the day. Women too can be flaneurs and have the right to loiter. Rather than just prioritise safety and freedom from harassment, women can prioritise speed and convenience of mobility. Women’s mobility is not just about getting from point A to B, but also about social mobility. Greater physical mobility for women is conducive for social mobility and self-actualisation." [more inside]
posted by rue72
on Jul 15, 2014 -
Increasing the accessibility
of cultural capital
: "In New York, a place whose cultural institutions attract people from around the world, there are residents who not only have never visited those institutions but also some who have never even been uptown."
posted by gemutlichkeit
on Apr 6, 2014 -
Accessibility is what allows me to use things like a phone, computer, or an ATM. May 9th is all about this. -Tommy Edison, the Blind Film Critic. (previously)
Global Accessibility Awareness Day
is today. It's a day to consider how people with disabilities experience the web, software, mobile devices, games and so on, targeted towards designers, developers, usability professionals and others without much experience with accessibility. There are public events scheduled
all over the world, as well as other accessibility-related events
. To participate on your own, try one of the suggested activities
: turn off your mouse or trackpad and use only your keyboard to navigate websites, try using a free screen reader, such as NVDA
for Windows or the built in VoiceOver
for Mac and iOS, try watching some streaming videos or movies with captions or add some of your own
to a video you've uploaded. Then relax with a sample of described video
: Katniss, from the Hunger Games, goes hunting. [more inside]
posted by shirobara
on May 9, 2013 -
Porn for the Blind
is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to producing audio descriptions of sample movie clips from adult web sites. This service is provided free of charge. [NSFW]
posted by basicchannel
on Apr 1, 2008 -
As of October next year, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995
comes into effect in the UK. Under this act, a disabled person may have rights to sue a service-providing company if they have difficulty accessing their website just as they might if they had difficulty accessing their headquarters. The Royal National Institute of the Blind website
includes a "web access centre
", which takes a good look at the issue of accessibility and provides sound advice to web designers whether they are legally obligated to tackle such issues or not.
posted by nthdegx
on Oct 22, 2003 -
A keyless keyboard
designed to reduce RSI and other typing related injuries - sounds interesting, but slow, and of course useless for gaming. Bit pricey as well.
posted by Orange Goblin
on Jul 23, 2003 -
The Right to Flash
is an online petition for Macromedia to properly support Arabic and Hebrew languages which read from right-to-left.
posted by hobbes
on Jul 21, 2003 -
is a web content accessibility validation solution, it is designed to identify errors in design related to Section 508 standards and the WCAG
guidelines. The main purpose of this portal is to educate web site developers in the development Web Based content that is accessible to all. Cynthia runs more tests than Bobby
and is free. I think the site itself fails the accessiblity test, 'cause it doesn't have "WCAG
" in an <abbr> tag
, nonetheless it's a good tool. [via zeldman]
posted by riffola
on Mar 18, 2003 -
Boston's transit system, launched a redesigned Web site today. Fairly unremarkable, if you ask me, except that every single page features a prominent "Bobby Approved
logo, which is supposed to mean the site is fully accessible to the visually impaired. In fact, it isn't, which you'll find out if you run a Bobby report
on the site.
posted by agaffin
on Oct 8, 2002 -
''Tim,'' said Spitzer with a laugh, ''just slaughtered them.'' What's so special about one geek slaughtering other geeks in a game of Quake? Tim is blind
and a company named ZForm
is developing videogames to help blind people compete fairly with sighted people. Way cool.
posted by WolfDaddy
on Jul 8, 2002 -
30 days to a more accessible website This series is entitled "30 days to a more accessible weblog", and it will answer two questions. The first question is "Why should I make my weblog more accessible?" If you do not have a weblog, this series is not for you. The second question is "How can I make my weblog more accessible?" If you are not convinced by the first answer, you will not be interested in the second.
posted by mikewas
on Jun 25, 2002 -