Please boost for visibility: Global Accessibility Awareness day () is on May 19th. I’d like everyone that can to turn off your monitor, or close the laptop lid and connect a keyboard, or close your eyes, and turn on your OS screen reader, and use your computer with it. How does it make you feel? Do you know enough keyboard commands? Does it give you enough info? Does it make you enjoy using the computer? Do you feel productive? Why or why not?

Let’s say that it takes a while to learn it.
I do not use a screenreader in my everydaylife, but blind people learnt me how to use a computer without a mouse (except for drawing), and it is sooo efficient !

@devinprater is emacspeak with mastodon.el cheating? It's not really the OS, technically

@derwinmcgeary The good Doctor Raman doesn’t like Emacspeak to be called a screen reader, since he finds them inferior to Emacspeak but I think it's well within the spirit of what I have in mind. :)

@devinprater I typed that response eyes-free from emacs. First surprise: my computer has an English accent (why no Scottish!?). Second surprise: I'm spoiled by the external keyboard, soooo many typos to correct when using the lappy keyboard

@devinprater I wonder about this, on a fairly regular basis.

I'm always astonished at how productive the blind can be, with computers.

Like, if I were blind, I highly doubt that I'd be capable of doing a lot of the things blind people I've interacted with via the internet have done.

Hell, some of them are kicking my ass, now; despite me being blessed with good vision.

@devinprater I don't think I shall try debugging C++ with a #screenreader. Forth might work.

@devinprater , being partially sighted myself, I’m often frustrated by accessibility issues in apps, websites, even the physical world. I think some poeple assume that, if you can see anything, then you can see everything. Poor contrast, poor choices in color, fonts, font sizes, font styling, lack of dark-mode compatibility, lack of pinch-to-zoom support, poor judgement in where information is placed, over-crowding. “But, you can see it, right, so what’s the problem?” Sigh.

@casmithva You know, I admit that sometimes I have that bias too. Thanks for reminding me.

@casmithva @devinprater I wander what you think of the @gnome #libadwaita icons released in #Gnome42
The #contrast is 1.08 against a white background.

Here is a link to the issue

@lil5 @devinprater, I haven’t tried gnome 42 yet. My problem is that I grew up on the command line and still do so much that way. Old habits die hard! But I will get to the upgrade soon.

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