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I’m writing an article on the subject, but as a blind guy, I’m getting really really tired of people speaking for me. If you do accessibility or UX and really want to know what I want, or “need”, or what works best for me, then ask me.

@SteveSawczyn Can I take you up on that offer ?
Would it be ok to send you a DM?

You can absolutelly tell me to go away (without apologies or reasons)

@kyzh I definitely would not tell you to go away, please do send a DM. I'm relatively new to Mastodon, so yours may be the first DM I receive on here. :)

@SteveSawczyn
I would really be interested in hearing what it's like for you to use the web over #Tor. Have you tried to?

I ask b/c #CAPTCHA-pushers like #CloudFlare have rendered the web largely useless for Tor users. I imagine the #privacy of Tor must be virtually a non-option for a blind person.

@bojkotiMalbona I think is actually accessible although I admit I haven't tried messing around with it yet. It's been perpetually on my list of stuff to eventually try, I should move it up on that list. :)

@bojkotiMalbona On the privacy front, it's sort of a mixed bag: Signal works great, Wickr does not, Telegram only sort of works ...

@SteveSawczyn
That's interesting, but I have to say #Signal is falsely positioned as #privacy respecting, when in fact Signal users are subjected to mass surveillance through Google Playstore & the by way of the requirement to have a mobile phone number which is then supplied to #OWS. #Wire is a bit more privacy respecting but still has issues.

@bojkotiMalbona Yeah, I have not tried , do they even have an iOS client? Threema is another relatively good option although no message expiration. At least they don't force ID via phone number.

@SteveSawczyn
Wire supports iOS, mac, windows, linux, android, and there's a browser app.

@SteveSawczyn this post is basically the usability advice I've been giving everyone

@ben I appreciate that, I really do. Here's hoping people are taking that advice and that others start giving it as well. :)

@SteveSawczyn @ben this is the theme I've been pushing for years.

Accessibility is only as accessible as the questions we ask and the perspectives we shift.

That said....

The mastodon developers have a track record of rejecting out-of-hand the simplest of useability improvements, so I doubt it will happen here, tho.

cc @woozle

@SteveSawczyn Might be a start-up idea. Was recently at a local web Meetup and they did not know where to go to test to a11y of a homepage/app, until someone remembered one knowledgeable partially blind guy from our city doing this occasionally. Could be a market.

@VictorVenema Hmm, it's definitely worth thinking about. There's lots of people though that would gladly give their thoughts for free if asked. Maybe there's an opportunity helping people connect.

@SteveSawczyn I am on a committee to create a global climate reference station network. rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/

If someone in the open hardware movement were interested in creating instruments for such a network, I would be happy to support that and try to get this group to support that.

Even if I like working with my hands, I have been a computer scientist for my working life, to try to pull something like that off myself would be overly optimistic.

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