Accessibility WTF



  • In preparation for the upcoming swedish election, the government has put together an information site with all the information needed for any idiot (hrm... citizen!) to complete the election.

    Naturally, this information needs to be available in all languages for people with all kinds of disabilities (poor eyesight, poor hearing, poor motor abilities) and of all languages. Every language has its own video file with someone reading the most relevant information, so this information is available even for those who can't read well or at all. Including sign language. Let me explain in a little more detail: when clicking on the link to "Sign Language", you get a page which presents another link "See the information video" to where they've put up a link to a video file (silent!) with someone signing all the information on the web page.

    Let's think about this a little harder... "Hmmmm, how to represent information visually?" Yeees! Have a person sign it out in sign language, put it in a video file, and link to it on a page.

     Perhaps I'm missing something here, but what's the point in presenting information in sign language that's already readily available in text?
     



  • Sign languages are languages on their own. Just because you know the sign language used in sweden, it doesn't necessarily mean you know how to read swedish. :)

     



  • [quote user="olsner"]

    Let's think about this a little harder... "Hmmmm, how to represent information visually?" Yeees! Have a person sign it out in sign language, put it in a video file, and link to it on a page.

     Perhaps I'm missing something here, but what's the point in presenting information in sign language that's already readily available in text?
     

    [/quote]

    Of course!  You forgot to play the video on a TV placed on a wooden table, then record it with a camcorder and post THAT to the site!



  • Sign languages are distinct from written and spoken languages, but even so, it seems a little redundant; it's unlikely anyone would have a sign language as their ONLY language. Though I suppose they might prefer it in their first language.

    It's probably just a result of some law.



  • I don't have much experience with deaf people, but I'd say it's a distinct possibility that someone has trouble reading (taught usually via [i]hearing[/i] the words), when that person speaks excellent sign.



  • If you only knew sign language, how would you use the webpage that linked you to the video?



  • [quote user="RiX0R"]If you only knew sign language, how would you use the webpage that linked you to the video?[/quote]
    <font face="tahoma,arial,helvetica,sans-serif">I believe I've seen some "sign language" fonts before... And I would like to see a site with these fonts...



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