jueves, 22 de agosto de 2013

La lucha de las personas ciegas por una Web más accesible

El artículo The blind community's fight for a more accessible Web, publicado en The Daily Dot, me ha sorprendido porque señala que todavía hay gente que piensa que las personas con discapacidad no utilizan la Web.

En el artículo se explica que la Web es muy importante para las personas con discapacidad:
The Internet is as critical to these individuals as it is for anyone else—if not more so, since the Web is often used to avoid the challenges and transit that accompanies daily activities like shopping.
Se cuenta la historia de un usuario ciego que cuando empezó a navegar por la Web, tenía que copiar los textos de las páginas web al programa de síntesis de voz (parece que no existían todavía los lectores de pantalla):
Blind for as long as he can remember, Olsen has been able to trace the progress of online accessibility since the Internet went mainstream in the mid-90s. He received his first computer at the age of 8. Back then, the only way for him to "surf the ‘net" was to copy and paste text into a speech program.
Hacer un sitio web accesible no es un problema desde un punto de vista técnico, es posible. El problema que existe hoy en día es lograr que la gente lo haga:
"The technology is there," he said. "The battle has been getting websites to comply."
Y el mayor problema es la ignorancia:
Lazar said most companies that fail to provide accessible websites are acting from a place of ignorance. In his experience, he said many companies just assume they don't have blind or otherwise impaired customers using their website. He said that's a mistaken belief, since many blind people have used websites to better plan trips to retail locations or avoid the hassle of going to stores altogether.

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