Plese boost for reach: Why have a single person, or even a team, working on accessibility? In an organization, in a company, in a dev team, in any collective that works on software, media, books, art... Everyone should be focused on accessibility in anything they create for others. If you are, then everyone else has a better time! Maybe someone wants to read a picture, or hear a book, or relax their eyes while doing computer work. It helps *everyone* when everyone is included.

@jookia I'm trying to spark possitive discussion and thought about accessibility.

@devinprater @jookia Taking it into a more positive direction, maybe because a lot of people don't realise accessibility is needed, or if they realise it are not very clear on how to achieve it. Tools should make doing the right thing the easy default, and they often don't. For example native widgets tend to be a lot better than custom stuff, especially on the web. How to fix it though? do you think having someone that's there to check for accessibility is still useful? We all have our blind spots as existence incredibly diverse, so having someone or a team who's knowledgeable about stuff that's unnecessarily unaccessible can be there to guide the rest to learn about said blind spots.
On the small scale it would be impracticable to have but surely such a team would be important at larger scales. The need of such a team would be not as needed in a more just world but I can't imagine it would be better to not have them

@tetrahydreyes Yes, of course. People with disabilities are all over the net. More on Twitter than Mastodon, but still there.

@devinprater I'd that say if an organization hired you (in a general sense of the word) for an accessibility team you should take your job as an advocacy role. To teach the rest of the organization how they can improve, and to prioritize what changes would make the biggest difference if the organization already has accessibility problems.

@devinprater A point person gives specific accountability and responsibility.

Yes, the practice and process are everyone's job. But let's avoid the circular firing squad / SEP[1] effect by assigning point to see that the process is done.

That might be accomplished in other ways alternatively or as well. E.g., to have a specific advocacy group, internal or external, who could make assessments. They'd still want some single voice / point to reference, however, in general.


SEP: Someone Else's Problem, from Douglas Adams, The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

@devinprater Accessibility work is one of these maintenance tasks that is a no brainer, everyone nods their heads, and then we all lack time and lose interest, as we do digital shiny things. I think also that we all hope software will do it for us, but #AI also seems more obsessed with cats than accessibility.

@devinprater @jgoerzen I have yet to talk about accessibility in my projects, and maybe now is time to do so. This is because, like many other things, I tend to think differently about accessibility. To me #coventry and related services can form a private and local facility scale voice application platform; a place and space that can be lived in by voice first or entirely voice alone.

@tychosoft @jgoerzen Be proud of accessibility. At least, it wins Internet Points (TM). At most, it gains loyal users. There are blind people still hanging on to distributions for the blind that haven't been updated in years, or ones that only have one maintainer. Accessibility is powerful for us.

@devinprater @jgoerzen I just worry that what I envision and may try to do is so very often so very different, and so often gets rejected for this reason. It took a decade to find help to develop and a way to fund and produce what became GNU Bayonne, for example. The concept and basic architecture for that was actually completed in 1990.

@devinprater @jgoerzen incidentally coventry has inverted accessibility issues. This is why I am building around @mycroft_ai as it offers not just voice but also the possibility of chatbox ai assist, which can offer the same functionality for deaf users over sip message services. Similarly its possible to imagine generating tts to be spoken for you. Converting inbound voice to text has possibilities too. Bordeaux driven voice application scripting will need a pure chat application model, too.

@tychosoft @jgoerzen @mycroft_ai Yeah, Microft ... I looked at it a year or so ago, and its web page for authenticating the service wasn't very accessible. I contacted them, and they didn't even consider how Microft could be used by people with disabilities. Like, I don't know. Voice assistant. Non-visual stuff... *sigh*

@devinprater @jgoerzen @mycroft_ai they don't seem that interested in how it could be telephony enabled, either. But I think it can be reworked at least for my needs in coventry. Actually my goal is a rather generic sip/rtp bridge for it.

@devinprater @tychosoft @jgoerzen

We are definitely interested in making Mycroft available and accessible to all. Creating a service for the visually impaired is a personal passion of one of our developers, in fact.

The sky is the limit for Mycroft, we just need the time and power to make it so.

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