Apple's chickens are coming home to roost even for blind people now. Today, the Flicktype keyboard team announced that their keyboard, which made typing as fast for blind people as it is for the sighted, will be taken off the App Store because of Apple's terrible treatment of them. Of course, Apple won't care, but the blindness community is tightly knit, for better or worse, so I could see a few people consider Android for their next phone, even if just a little. And I know y'all have heard this before, but I could see blind people really flock to FOSS. So FOSS must be ready when, not if, that happens. I mean, maybe Apple will be forced to open up. But they'll fight it every step of the way. So let's be ready!
"So FOSS must be ready when, not if, that happens."
I wish FOSS would get ahead of the game and prepare. We know there's increasing need for a welcoming space, where's the energy to clear that ground before it becomes a desperate matter.
@feonixrift That's what I'm trying to say. Then again, when blind people grab something, we make it our own the best we can, (see all the addons for the NVDA screen reader on Windows). So maybe it won't be a desperate attempt by sighted people, or even be acknowledged at all in FOSS news like LWN or anything, just will slowly happen as it always has when blind people work together in FOSS. For now, that's left to Windows and very tiny bits in Android. Later, though... When blind people have had enough of Microsoft and Apple...
@devinprater I love the idea of a software ecosystem emerging that the sighted have no clue about, and aren't suited to using. I just wish it were purely out of ease and interest not necessary; you shouldn't have to do even more work.
Unfortunately there still aren't much developers who really try to design their applications with accessibility in mind...
Of those who do, there might be some that try to get accessibility in other applications too, but that group can be quite small... and then not all have the same amount of experience or time...
I don't consider myself really experienced. Though I try to keep accessibility in mind. Sometimes just turn on TalkBack on Android to see if some applications I use need improvements and then if it needs that, I try to see if I can do anything about it and if I have time for that, but that is not always easy
@devinprater I would love to share your optimism, but even the default keyboard on iOS is faster than anything Android has to offer (besides perhaps the braille keyboard, but that's only if you're a fast braille typer). Blind people won't be going anywhere.
Still though, have a hopeful boost, or something.
@devinprater some salt for the wound
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