The quickest way to get your web developer to hate you, and I mean really really hate you, is to send them content that you’ve copied into a Microsoft Word document from various emails and ask that that content be formatted, (properly marked up), for the web. Your newsletter also counts as “for the web”. Do not do this. Ever. Microsoft Word is not a text editor. It is not the thing you use to create content for the web, even if your gold-plated screen reader assists you in doing so with its handy “keep-all-the-formatting-from-shit-you-copy-off-webpages” feature. Why any screen reader assists in doing this is beyond me. The fact that you couldn’t just copy shit off the web and paste it into a Word document formatting intact as a screen reader user was a good thing. In fact, they should just take that feature away from everybody. It shouldn’t be allowed. Under any circumstances. While I’m at it, let’s take away the ability for people to copy things into the WordPress editor from Microsoft Word and keep the formatting too. We shouldn’t be encouraging that at all. We’re contributing to the human race circling the drain by allowing it. Every time you copy something into a Word document from the web, and opt to keep the formatting, kittens die. You may as well have kicked several puppies. You hate your country, adopted or otherwise. And you’ll probably be the ones we really need to keep an eye on when the zomby apocalypse happens, because you’ll get yourselves bitten and then not tell anybody you’ve been bitten.

I’m going to shove this bastard of a newsletter out the door. Then, I’m going to go for a long walk and try to convince myself not to go drink the beers that are left in the fridge this early in the day.

I definitely agree that braille should be taught to children. But technology should play a part in that. Producing braille materials and storing them is horribly inefficient, and that inefficiency and expense contributes to the lack of braille education. If this isn’t fixed, then yes, braille will die out.

From the “There’s More To This Story And I Haz The Questions” dept.:

The two ridesharing companies, which have gained prominence in Austin after Uber and Lyft stopped serving customers in May, deny allegations in the lawsuits — but one company is working on an out-of-court settlement.

Source: Ridesharing companies Get Me, RideFare respond to lawsuits over blind user access – Austin Business Journal

The second company mentioned here, GetMe, says that it would cost approximately $500,000 to fix the accessibility of their app. If they’re providing an approximate figure like that, they didn’t pull it out of thin air, so the first question is which firm quoted that? Secondly, the NFB says that’s inaccurate, but since it’s not like there are published market rates for accessibility remediation work, and the work that needs to be done depends on more than one factor, I think what the NFB should be saying is: “We have friends who can get it done cheaper.” Ten bucks says at least one of these companies ends up being at least a NFB of Texas convention sponsor next year, of not a national sponsor.