Saturday, 19 July 2014

GNOME Magnification: User Feedback Questionairre

In accessibility problem is sometimes (not always, of course) is something the affected user cannot contribute to the solution for themselves. When that happens in a meritoracy this can essentially mean, those users are not in a position to allow them to be able to get their needs heard, unless their views are actively sought, of course.

In the long run, I would love to see an Outreach Program for People with Disabilities established in Free and Open Software (FOSS)  since the program for women is clearly making such a measurable impact for gender inequality in FOSS as I personally suspect disabled people are the most underrepresented minority group that exists in FOSS, though I have no data to support this assertion, I admit, I think there is a clear need to identify the scale of the issue at the very least, for sure.

Even so, with the best will in the world, the fact is that as developers/contributers/maintainers (or whatever else  a person could contribute to FOSS) the greater our technical experence progamming competence becomes, the less we are able to appreciate the experience of an untechnical user on the whole whether we ourselves are disabled or not this seems to hold true, which could make accessibility a particularly unique problem to be solved in the context of FOSS communities at large, in that sense because it puts 'need' ahead of merit, and in some cases, this seems like something that simply has to be so for it truly be fair, just and accessible for all.

So with all that said, I have designed a feedback questionairre for users of the magnifier to fill out. Please share on relevant mailing lists or let me know if there are any access issues with this post or the survey on the comment area on my page or by emailing m.berns at

The results will be compiled and published in the first two weeks of September. Thank you.