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Re: Wordle worthwhile to accessify?

From: Peter Thiessen <peter.thiessen@primalfusion.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 15:31:53 +0000
To: Black Widow Web Design <webmistress@blackwidows.co.uk>
CC: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <C51B8529.E1B%peter.thiessen@primalfusion.com>

Great points, especially exposing semantics to search engines etc.

I argued point 5 with Jonathan and this proved hard to convince him of. His
argument was: Wordle is not about trivial activities such as counting or
words but all about visually representing words - its all about the visual
eye candy. He then pointed me to a few text analysis tools:

Perhaps these would be more along the lines you're thinking of?

One response might be that video on the net is all about the eye candy. The
audio is important but not nearly as important. People still find value in
adding captions that help describe the visual content. I caught myself on
this argument though, how the hell would you "caption" a Wordle and get
those funky text effects meaningfully described?


> From: Black Widow Web Design <webmistress@blackwidows.co.uk>
> Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 19:35:58 -0000
> To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
> Cc: Peter Thiessen <peter.thiessen@primalfusion.com>
> Subject: Re: Wordle worthwhile to accessify?
> on 14/10/2008 19:55 Peter Thiessen said the following:
>> Hello,
>> Due to the recent popularity Wordle and after creating my first Wordle, I'm
>> excited about the possibility of making the visual representation of a
>> Wordle accessible. I contacted the creator of Wordle, Jonathan Feinberg, and
>> sent him a few tips on making a Wordle accessible. He asked a good question
>> in response to my assumption that everything should accessible - Why make a
>> tool who's primary focus is beautifying typography accessible?
> 1. Google is blind. If there is any intent to use Wordle on the Web, it
> needs to be accessible to search engines.
> 2. Not everyone who can see can also read.
> 3. Not everyone who can read does so all of the time. I have at least
> one mobility impaired colleague with exceptional reading abilities who,
> occasionally, needs to have some pages read out loud because she needs
> to lie prone or has to move around.
> 4. Rich media that is accessible to AT lends itself to being interpreted
> by other UAS such as mobile devices etc.
> 5. The Web is not a visual medium. It is a communication medium with
> visuals being just one of the tools available. It therefore makes sense
> to maximise the message so it can be interpreted in as many other other
> ways as possible.
> Does that help?
> Mel P.
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