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    Joseph Monks

    Joseph Monks is a Miami-based filmmaker and freelance writer who is also blind. Reach Joe at Sightunseenpictures.


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    Accessibility: Use Audio To Describe Your Products

    June 4, 2008 •

    On Memorial Day my wife and I went to see the new Indiana Jones film. You might find that odd, a blind person going to the movies. But it’s possible, thanks to audio-description technology, which allows the blind to follow what happens on-screen. It got me thinking: How could such a se... Read More »

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    Bells And Whistles, Or Accessibility Stop Signs?

    April 2, 2008 •

    With the advent of high-speed Internet, a treasure trove of possibilities presented themselves to the web developer. Java, embedded video, Flash and other coding options afforded online retailers the opportunity to provide entertainment, in addition to merchandise. Visual animation is ... Read More »

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    Testing Site Accessibility

    January 18, 2008 •

    Here's how to perform a standard test to see if your website and store are accessible to the vision impaired. Let It Be Seen By All First, for PC users, open the Narrator program. For Mac users, use the APPLE+F5 keystroke to turn on VoiceOver. Do this before you open your browser. O... Read More »

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    Websites For The Visually Impaired

    December 17, 2007 •

    You put a lot of effort into making your website successful. You implement a strong design, you add features such as wish lists, coupon modules, gift certificates and perhaps even Flash and JavaScript functionality to attract customers and provide them an enjoyable shopping experience. ... Read More »