[games_access] New website to help developers improve accessibility for gamers who are blind

Eleanor Robinson eleanor at 7128.com
Wed Feb 9 13:41:38 EST 2011


7-128 Software just released a new Web site, www.blindcomputergames.com
<http://www.blindcomputergames.com/>.

When game developers are asked to make a game accessible to blind or
visually impaired gamers, they frequently don't know what changes will
improve accessibility in the game they are developing. We tried to
answer some of these questions in our new website.

blindcomputergames.com is an information resource that includes:

·A set of guidelines for developers who want to improve blind
accessibility in their games

·An article for gamers who are blind to help them show developers how to
make their games accessible to them

·Articles that give developers technical information, including code
samples, to help them make their games accessible.

For gamers, it gives the technical words they need to communicate with
developers at companies, big and small. It explains who to talk to, what
information the developer will need, and when in the development cycle
to communicate with a developer and to have the best chance of obtaining
the changes that will increase accessibility.

For developers, it explains screen readers and self-voicing, and
includes a blind accessibility checklist, some good example games,
technical "how to's", and a short guide to blind etiquette.

It's totally free and requires no registration.

The project took three months and was done at the request of and with
the help of Dark, the administrator for www.audiogames.net
<http://www.audiogames.net/> and the leading advocate for blind gamers.

He is frequently asked by developers, "What would it take?" Now he has
a place to send them, and a place to send his readers who have a game or
other software program that they can "almost use".

Although it is focused on games, much of the information is applicable
to any software, not just games.

I hope you will all check it out. Any feedback would be helpful.

Eleanor Robinson
7-128 Software

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