Have you ever considered how blind individuals navigate through the Internet? Although, it is not usually something that you just ponder on while eating your afternoon lunch, it is something to wonder about. Most commonly, they use the traditional text-to-speech software. These screen readers browse the website’s HTML to then convert it into sounds. Another example of assistive technology for the visually impaired is a refreshable braille display. The displays consist of raised dots to transport the websites text to the fingertips of the visitor.
Recently, a woman who is legally blind from Manhattan came forward claiming that there are websites which are discriminatory to the visually impaired. Maria Mendizabal is filing more than thirty individual lawsuits against companies known globally such as Nike, Barney’s, and Donna Karan. Her suit reads, “Useless websites are designed to be read by screen-reading software, blind and visually-impaired persons are unable to fully access websites, and the information, Products, and services contained thereon,” which is filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Continue reading “Blind Woman Sues 30 Websites over Handicap Accessibility”
This article discusses how people of the future may look back upon today’s society as a time of ‘renaissance’. The article states that “for people of the future, our time may be remembered as a period not of death, but of rejuvenation and rebirth”. Digital technology is allowing for many different art forms to take center stage and allow for anyone to be exposed. Because of this, ads and revenue have too become a vital part of the internet and all it encapsulates. However, a recent shift in subscriptions shows the growing potential behind the sustainability of the internet.
YouTube, Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Apple music are just some examples of how subscriptions are taking over. With a growing dependence on these services, the internet is becoming a reliable hub for all content creators across the globe. Additionally, with the constant use of social media, content creators are ever so close to their audience and possess a new opportunity to directly communicate with millions at a moment’s notice.
As these trends continue to grow, the lives of content creators continue to do the same. Hopefully, our time will indeed be considered a sort of modern-day renaissance. I think that right now is a special time in the realm of technology and for it to merely be glossed over in the future would be a shame. There are a lot of exciting and important changes taking place every day, and I hope that my kids one day learn about the pivotal times I lived in.