Back in December of 2011 I wrote (which is almost impossible for me to believe); “[I]n searching for alternative methods of access — which essentially means [the] ways [in which] I input my intentions into a computer, and I’ve also begun to experiment with a trackpad, too — I discovered the keyboard is my ideal [...]
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Read some more about me, the primary author of this blog, and why web accessibility is so very important to me. Might I suggest you start with a three post overview of my computing career? 1.) The origins of interest, 2.) The gamut of ever changing ability and 3.) Some things may never change.
Anyway I thought this a worthwhile post to write only for the fact my Mom, as she was “fact-checking” my last blog post, asked me how she could interact with a computer without a mouse? And this is essentially how I do.
The reason I used a word such as frightening is simple. Now this wasn’t anything I realized at the time, it took a number of years to get a handle on it, but it isn’t any less true now. It was a similar “monoculture” that drove me from the web in first few years of the last decade, but it was the emergence of useable (as in supported) standards, openness and inclusivity that brought me back.
“The reason I brought all this up is that was essentially how I’d come to operate a computer. But instead of blinking my wishes to a third party, I operated a switch placed on my pillow, beside my head. And I’d tilt my head to the right, activating the switch, letting the computer know my intention…”
“Mouse keys are still simple to understand and most importantly easy to use. And it got completely out of the way and let me “master” elements where mouse keys reached their limit and other solutions picked up the slack…”
“And that’s why these issues remain so important to me. As it most definitely is for anyone who may find themselves without access, not only to a computer, but to anything they wish to be part of. Forgetting that feeling is the worst thing I could do. And actively working towards helping people realize why these issues are so very important is the least I could do…”