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Re: Wordle worthwhile to accessify?

From: Peter Thiessen <peter.thiessen@primalfusion.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 16:58:45 +0000
To: "Elizabeth J. Pyatt" <ejp10@psu.edu>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <C51B9985.E2D%peter.thiessen@primalfusion.com>

Hi Elizabeth,

Right, so users will use the text information in meaningful ways, and the
eye candy element is only part of the user experience. Ok, this sounds like
the hinge of our (you,Mel,Jim,Bengamin,Joachim,and myself)  argument. I'm,
off to argue with Jonathon Feinberg <grin />.

Thanks and I hope something comes of this!
-p2


> From: "Elizabeth J. Pyatt" <ejp10@psu.edu>
> Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 16:40:42 -0000
> To: Peter Thiessen <peter.thiessen@primalfusion.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
> Subject: Re: Wordle worthwhile to accessify?
>
> I think Jonathan of Wordle is missing the power of his own tool.
>
> It's NOT just placing random words in a picture, but extracting words
> from a text and presenting an informational visualization. It's
> telling the user which words are the most frequently used on a Web
> page or text (because bigger = more frequently used) as well as a
> list of key words.
>
> For instance, I did a Wordle on an educational technology site and
> discovered that the top word used was "students" and that
> "technology" was a 3rd tier word at best. I think that any user would
> be interested in this (in fact I myself wouldn't mind seeing a
> cleaned up text based version of this list).
>
> FYI - I just found an option which shows a pop-up list of the words
> in alphabetical order and the word count.  I think this IS the
> alternative information. I would recommend a simple non-Java link to
> this list (possibly even an option for sorting by frequency). I think
> all users would be interested and would benefit.
>
> I think the "eye candy" part (e.g. colors, fonts, layout) may be
> irrelevant, but definitely not the frequency list.
>
> Elizabeth
Received on Wednesday, 15 October 2008 16:59:40 GMT

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