Back in Florida
Yesterday evening, after four days in the
Of course, when we got up this morning, the only place I could walk with X-Celerator contained no destination, just a rectangle around a number of blocks in the neighborhood. While up in
The weather here in Florida is considerably hotter than in any of our stops along the way and, upon arriving at our house, where we had left the air conditioning off, the inside temperature read 88 degrees F on the inside of the house and it felt cooler than outside. While I hate
I’ve about a million tasks to handle today and, tomorrow, we’re flying to
A Note on Comments:
I had known for a while that a lot of very interesting people read Blind Confidential. Some of them, Will Pearson, Mike Calvo for instance, also talk to me on the phone and we’ve maintained a friendship for a number of years. Recently, though, Al Gilman and Joe Roder have posted comments to the blog which I appreciate greatly.
On the V2 standards committee that resulted in the ANSI/ISO standard you can read at http://www. Myurc.org, I had the privilege of working with Al and Joe (along with a lot of other very smart people). Al, in fact, is so smart that he would often present an idea that the rest of us would have to take about five minutes to figure out. Al Gilman is, without a doubt one of the smartest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.
Joe Roder is no slouch either. Joe, if I remember correctly, was the committee’s secretary and often had the responsibility of herding the rest of us cats to keep us on target. Joe has a terrific level of insight into many topics regarding accessibility and understands both the geeky research stuff as well as how the good ideas can find their way into a useful product.
Now, with the likes of Al and Joe reading BC, I feel a bit of pressure to spend less time fucking around, writing gonzo fiction and random ravings about emerging technologies and wondering how or if the commercial AT vendors will ever get them into their products.
I feel a bit of pressure to articulate issues in a manner both profound and entertaining and don’t have all of the confidence in my skills or knowledge to please such an esteemed readership. Or, I can just continue as always and hope that different articles appeal to different people and have fun with Blind Confidential as always.
On Joe Roder’s Comment:
A few days ago, Joe Roder posted an item suggesting that, in virtual worlds, blind visitors might have a C3PO like guide to help us navigate through three dimensional web sites. I really like this idea but I would also add 3D audio presentations like those found in “Shades of Doom” that, in a manner more efficient than having a guide-bot speaking everything, many ambient sounds and things like footsteps approaching and lots of other cool ideas that I can’t think of right now, can possibly provide a richer experience.
Other than what I read in the link posted in a comment last week, I know absolutely nothing about VRML so I can’t speak to the information that software can glean from a description of a three dimensional, virtual space. I will probably spend some time looking into this as I think it’s really interesting and would appreciate it if people could send me pointers to articles and such that they enjoyed reading.
Off to my dentist…