Dear AccessWorld readers,
That's right, we are listening to your comments on articles, reflecting on your questions about both mainstream and access technology, and hearing your thoughts and opinions on the future of braille and braille technology; video description; conference coverage; television programming access; accessible gaming; frustrating and inaccessible apps and feature phones; employment related articles: interviews; and all the good, the bad, and the ugly with all things Windows, Apple, and Android; and much, much more.
The AccessWorld staff enjoys and, more importantly, very much appreciates hearing from all of you. Quite often a comment or question from a reader turns into an article that, in turn, provides information to the tens of thousands of readers who visit AccessWorld each month. Bill Holton’s April article, AW Asks the Experts: YouTube Accessibility, is such an example.
As you now likely know, AFB has discontinued support for the AccessWorld app. It has moved to a more mobile friendly website which, we hope, will provide readers with an improved experience. We have heard both positive and negative comments thus far.
I want to make sure readers know that the AccessWorld section of the newly redesigned AFB website remains in transition. While it has transitioned, temporarily, to follow the form of the rest of AFBs website, in the next few months, AccessWorld will have its own unique look, feel, and features. In these coming months, the staff and I will rely increasingly on your feedback to drive design and content decisions we make for AccessWorld. We have received more letters to the editor in the month of April, than in the past three months combined.
My question to each of you is, "How would you like to have AccessWorld’s design and content expand or change?" Please be thinking about this over the coming weeks and give us your feedback. The best way to provide feedback is to send a letter to the editor.
In addition to thoughts for the future, we are also looking for both quantitative and qualitative feedback on current articles. Right now, I encourage you to use the "Comment on this article" link at the very bottom of each article to provide feedback, positive comments, and, yes, constructive criticism, for our team. You can also use that link to ask specific questions about each article. If you prefer, you can also send an e-mail directly to me. When you write in, remember that we may choose to publish your letter in the "Letters to the Editor" section of AccessWorld. The staff and I also believe it is important to know who says what. To that end, both first and last names (when available) are published in the "Letters to the Editor" section. If you do not want your name published, just let us know when you write in and we'll refrain from publishing your comments.
This is your opportunity to have your voice heard, so speak up! The AccessWorld staff is listening!
Lee Huffman, AccessWorld Editor-in-Chief
American Foundation for the Blind