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Re: Off topic/the ultimate alt tag!!!

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@home.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2001 08:26:12 -0400
Message-ID: <001b01c0bdcb$9a15bae0$2cf60141@mtgmry1.md.home.com>
To: <Paul@ten-20.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Hi Paul.  As a blind person my self one of the small percentage of us
born with blindness, I have learned a lot about collor and its relative
state to other things and the shades and hews and tints that evoke
certain emotional senseations so in that way that a computerized person
might be able to do it, I can relate.  When you get into describing the
descriptions though, things start to become subjective so I'd let the
words stand alone.  You might consider linking to some litterature on
the subject of color and other forms of visual emtional evocation so
that those who wish to read about how they should be reacting to the
words might study up.  I learn from conversation, reading and physics.
I hope this helps.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Davis" <paul@ten-20.com>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 05, 2001 5:48 AM
Subject: Off topic/the ultimate alt tag!!!


Hi All,

I am in the process of launching a new project (late May I hope) part of
that project is going to be an Art Gallery.

This idea is not new I know, Kynn tried an exercise in describing
pictures
last year. However, I wish to take up an idea first tried by Yoko Ono in
the
seventies, and more recently by a group of Art Students in the north of
England.

'Constructing pictures in your mind'.

My first reaction whilst reading the write up of the student's
exhibition
was here was another group of students conning the art world out of
thousands of 's  for producing something lacking any real skill. Then I
thought again.

It takes picture describing one step further. In other words there is no
picture to describe, just describing words used to form a picture in the
readers mind. It is quite a challenge. Covered before by this group I am
sure. But no apologies as it is new to me.

One of the exhibits was " A gold sphere on a black background "

Fine if you are (or have been) sighted. Closed eyes can conjure up the
colour. But closed eyes to a blind person from birth is effectively a
"double whammy" as they suffer colour blindness as well. How do you
describe
a colour? As a mood, a feeling, hot or cold, a sound? The expression of
"red
with rage" has always confused me as I feel purple and black when I lose
it.
(oops! not sure what Freud would have said about that)

Any potential exhibitors on this list that would like to hang their work
in
my new gallery? It can have a link to your site if you wish
it.........just
by way of an incentive!!!!!!

I am thinking of calling the exhibition "Drinking tea from an empty cup"

any takers?
smiles
Paul Davis
http://www.ten-20.com The portal website for disabled people and
associated
professionals.
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