No, this is not an accusation but an invitation. As many of you know, when it comes to web accessibility standards, I’m in your face. Recently, Monika Thon-Soun of Webdesign-in.de and Texto.de reminded me that the web and blogosphere is filling up with sights and sounds that the visually and hearing impaired can’t access, or have trouble accessing. In particular, she pointed me towards the hard-of-hearing who can’t listen to podcasts nor hear the action on a video.
So much of our focus on web accessibility standards is aimed towards the visually impaired, but it’s time to give some thought to the hearing impaired.
If you are hearing impaired, would you please share with us your insights on how you use the web and blogs and how they hinder or help your online experience.
For those of us who can hear, try spending a day with your speakers disconnected. What is the blogosphere like without the ability to hear it?
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