I just signed up for Web Visum, a (currently Firefox-only) extension that uses community-driven tagging to help make the web more accessible! I'm using it right now with JAWS while I type. Users log in, and can take for example links or buttons without proper labels and can write their own. What you type is submitted to Web Visum (http://webvisum.com) and anyone else using the program who comes across that site can use your labels. Other users can also edit your labels and you can edit others' labels.
Example, the DONATE button here at CSS Creator in the sidebar just gets read out as "Submit" which means nothing. I've just labeled it "Donate via PayPal" and now when focus is on that button it'll read that out, as if it were title or alt text. This is freaking awesome.
I initially signed up for Captcha reading. You can hit ctrl+alt+6 to send the captcha on the page to a server for a solution. To prevent spammers from abusing the server, only members can use the service, and currently they have an invite system so members can vouch for new members "this person isn't a robot or a spammer".
Since tags are community-usable and community-editable, this could be the next step towards the accessible web. We would like pages to be better written, but we all know how difficult that is to get across to folks building web sites.
This lets users take accessibility into their own hands on one level.
update in a bit
While posting, something in my innocent post set off the Evil Nazi Spam Filter. I tested out the captcha reader... aw, and it failed. : (
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http://stommepoes.nl/webvisum1.png Renamed Donate button!
http://stommepoes.nl/webvisum2.png Spam filter triggered.
http://stommepoes.nl/webvisum3.png Captcha, ew.
http://stommepoes.nl/webvisum4.png After submitting the page with the captcha (the software has to find the captcha on the page), waiting less than 30 seconds, received the error. I refreshed the page, but a resubmit showed Web Visum thought it was the same captcha, because it immediately said "hey I couldn't read that one."
Actually, I'm surprised there's not a button just for asking for a new captcha.
Quote:but we all know how
but we all know how difficult that is to get across to folks building web sites.
Yeah but now there is even less reason for them to bother to learn the craft fully.
We need to weed these people out not make it easier for them to survive
Services are springing up all over the web, a phrase that springs to mind is 'Cloud' be warned everyone all is not as it seems these 'Services' are not necessarily a great idea :shrug:
Obviously. And if browsers
Obviously. And if browsers had draconian error-handling and gave a yellow screen of death instead of a mauled page every time there was a single error, nobody would write invalid web pages.
But, that totally sucks for people who rely on the internet for basic stuff, like grocery shopping.
If I want to get to another city, I'm reliant on public transport. So, if there's not enough transport or it's too expensive or whatever, then I'm just screwed. So if someone comes along and says hey, here's a community-based transport system that can take up the slack of the gov't run system, hell yes I'm gonna run with it.
Because nobody fixed that Submit button. The form's got direct inline children. It's the Way of Widgets. And PayPal's not goin' down any time soon (unfortunately, the blood suckers).
The accessibility community has always had to wait for AT companies to do stuff for them. So, I'm happy to see something that lets that community help itself. Because blocking out one blind guy isn't going to put any company out of business, and it won't stop Joe from making bad Blogger Little League sites.