Non graphical storyboards

15 Oct 2007 - 8:34pm
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Marvin Hunkin
2007

Hi a blind website development student doing the diploma of website
development at my local college in Adelaide, australia. i use a
screen reading program called Jaws for Windows
http://www.freedomscientific.com now.
have to do story boards for several website projects.
now, cann not draw graphics with the screen reader.
well, tried putting each story board for each page in word tables and
using html. but my lecturer still not happy with what i have handed
up. there is a programming language called logo drawing for the
blind. will try that and see if that will work? got any suggestions
how i can do the story boards and come up with the information in a
non graphical way? tried 2 or 3 times, but still stumped? cheers
marvin.

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16 Oct 2007 - 4:23pm
Joshua Knight
2007

Hi Marvin,

My first thought for you would be to use a simplified written Use
Case template:

http://alistair.cockburn.us/index.php/Basic_use_case_template

I imagine you could mainly focus on the Goals, Preconditions and
Description (Steps) to describe a task and series of action a user
could take through your website. You can also use Extensions to cover
any branches in the flow of the site (e.g. :If the User is not signed
in, they will be taken to the Sign in page")...The site linked above
does describe other items which might be useful, but they will add
complexity so be careful.

A quick Google also threw up this which might help:

http://www.uncc.edu/webcourse/sb/TextSB.htm

Good luck!

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17 Oct 2007 - 8:44am
Adrian Howard
2005

Hi Marvin,

> have to do story boards for several website projects.
> now, cann not draw graphics with the screen reader.
> well, tried putting each story board for each page in word tables and
> using html. but my lecturer still not happy with what i have handed
> up. there is a programming language called logo drawing for the
> blind. will try that and see if that will work? got any suggestions
> how i can do the story boards and come up with the information in a
> non graphical way? tried 2 or 3 times, but still stumped? cheers

You are very lucky that you have somebody who can help you rub in the
accessibility message to the rest of the students on the course :-)

You might want to try "swell" paper <http://tinyurl.com/2vc3cl>

You can print/draw/photocopy onto it like normal paper, then run it
through a "fuser" that makes the appropriate sections raise up so
you can feel them. However, both paper and fuser are fairly
expensive. It can involve some experimentation to get right, and the
detail is not wonderful. Some folk love it. Others find it completely
useless.

I would also go and talk to the student *now*. They will have dealt
with similar situations in the past and may well have a preferred
solution. More importantly they may have tried things in the past
that don't work.

BTW Logo is a general purpose programming language created for
educational use - see <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Logo_programming_language>. Blind developers use the same programming
languages as everybody else.

Cheers,

Adrian

17 Oct 2007 - 9:18am
David Scharn
2007

>got any suggestions how i can do the story boards and come up with the
>information in a non graphical way? tried 2 or 3 times, but still
stumped? >cheers marvin.

Hi Marvin,

You may want to visit Boston-IA <http://boston-ia.org/> and ask your
question there. Boston-IA is an information architecture group that
focuses on accessible Web design. Collectively, the organization is
probably the richest source for information on these issues. PJ Gardner
created and administers Boston-IA (781.646.6849). I'm sure she could
point you in the right direction.

Good luck,

Dave Scharn

17 Oct 2007 - 10:42am
.pauric
2006

Not sure if this will help Marvin, I came across a youtube video of a
literature student in Texas who also paints. You could listen to the
story on youtube: http://tinyurl.com/26qqnu
Although I have to warn you the narration is a little schmaltzy.

I did a little research and found some more detail on the story:

"About five years ago, Mr. Bramblitt realized his sight was going
away. %u201CMy heart just sank,%u201D he said. %u201CIt seemed like
the entire world went away.%u201D Doctors haven%u2019t been able to
determine the reason for Mr. Bramblitt%u2019s blindness.

Mr. Bramblitt, who had drawn and written before going blind, kept
writing. But it wasn%u2019t the cathartic experience he was seeking.
He thought about painting. He figured he%u2019d try painting for a
year and see where it took him.

One big hurdle: How to apply paint on canvas in the right places.

A solution: Make a raised drawing %u2014 a bumpy outline you can feel
with your hands %u2014 and form a map that makes it easier to
determine the boundaries of the image. He tried glue, but it cracked.
Then he discovered fabric %u2014 or puffy %u2014 paint, which leaves a
raised line after it dries.

He uses oil paints because each color has its own texture. He feels
the paint in his hands to help guide him to the right colors. He also
uses his hands to see the canvas, moving them along the fabric to
determine the boundaries.

While Mr. Bramblitt started painting for himself, he eventually
showed his work to friends and family. When his friend, Jacqi Serie,
saw his paintings, she joked that she thought he was faking.
%u201CIt%u2019s hard [for others] to wrap their heads around the fact
that he can draw that well without seeing,%u201D she said.

Here is john Bramblitt's website: http://www.bramblitt.net/
here is his email address johnbramblitt at hotmail.com

Note that he says on his contact page "I would like to encourage
anyone that is blind/visually impaired or knows someone that is and
would enjoy painting to please feel free to contact me. I don%u2019t
have all the answers, but maybe working together we could at least
come up with some intelligent questions."

Good luck & g-day ,pauric

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