[AI] Technical writing tools

Geetha Shamanna geetha at millernorbert.de
Sun Jun 22 10:47:36 EDT 2008


Hi Govind,

It is indeed possible to access Word and Powerpoint with Jaws, as you might 
already know. I have never used Snaggit or Visio and cannot therefore 
provide you any inputs. However, since there is no such thing as a perfectly 
accessible job, you should simply take the plunge and try to use as much of 
these tools as possible.
Geetha


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "govind reddy" <sgreddy4 at gmail.com>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Sunday, June 22, 2008 6:41 AM
Subject: Re: [AI] AccessIndia Digest, Vol 26, Issue 81


> On 6/21/08, accessindia-request at accessindia.org.in
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>>    1. Re: Database (Kalpana Kharade)
>>    2. Re: Database (vamshi . G)
>>    3. Re: Database (balaram)
>>    4. Help needed regarding the technical writingand other
>>       accessible careers for VIs. (govind reddy)
>>    5. Yahoo-Google agree online ad deal (Vikas Kapoor)
>>    6. Behind the scenes of Firefox 3.0 (Vikas Kapoor)
>>    7. Google's experimental Gmail toys (Vikas Kapoor)
>>    8. Re: Help needed regarding the technical writingand
>>       otheraccessible careers for VIs. (Geetha Shamanna)
>>
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>> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>>
>> Message: 1
>> Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 14:07:14 +0530
>> From: "Kalpana Kharade" <kkharade at gmail.com>
>> Subject: Re: [AI] Database
>> To: "pamnani" <pamnani at vsnl.com>, <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
>> Message-ID: <000101c8d37e$9521f5f0$0201a8c0 at home0880922e49>
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>>
>> Kindly tell how and whom to send our informatio.
>>         Dr.Kalpana
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "pamnani" <pamnani at vsnl.com>
>> To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
>> Sent: Saturday, June 21, 2008 10:10 AM
>> Subject: [AI] Database
>>
>>
>>> About  a year ago XRCVC had emailed a form on accessindia requesting
>>> members to complete the same with their respective information but 
>>> hardly
>>> any one had replied.
>>> I have personally taken up this project.
>>> For the last 2 months I have been writing to many of you personally
>>> requesting you to send your information in but hardly any of you have
>>> bothered. I had decided to ask a few members at a time so that I could
>>> have personal interaction and as yu do not seem to like to respond to
>>> general mails.
>>> It is shocking that you have not understood the need for a database .
>>>
>>> There are many reasons for wanting to have a consolidated online 
>>> database
>>> and I will just explain a few.
>>>
>>> 1. When job mapping is done at companies the facilitator has an  all 
>>> India
>>>
>>> reference and it is easier to convince the companies.
>>> 2. When parents of visually challenged  and the newly visually 
>>> challenged
>>> visit Associations for help they are generally scared and disheartened 
>>> by
>>> the disability. These organisations could use the database to increase 
>>> the
>>>
>>> confidence levels. Its like when I was going blind I thought for a 
>>> little
>>> while that I would never be able to continue with my career till I saw
>>> Deepak Motiwala a blind senior Solicitor doing well in his career. I was
>>> lucky that I did not have difficulty finding Deepak's name or address 
>>> what
>>>
>>> would have happened had he been from another city and I hadnt been told
>>> about him. This database will be online and will be useful to both
>>> organisations working for the welfare of the visually challenged and the
>>> challenged themselves.
>>> 3. About a month ago Amar Jain had asked on accessindia, the names of
>>> Visually challenged lawyers. Did any of you notice that there were so 
>>> many
>>>
>>> lawyers on and off this list but none of us could give a complete list 
>>> or
>>> a reasonablly  good list. Had this database been available this question
>>> would not have arisen and the replies would have been better and Amar's
>>> job done faster.
>>> 4. There was an email from Prateek agarwal regarding IT sector but he 
>>> has
>>> not specified in what part of IT sector does he want information. The
>>> database would have helped him.
>>> 5. Last week I was fighting a case against the Maharashtra Public 
>>> Services
>>>
>>> Commission for a totally blind candidate. Even though the question was 
>>> not
>>>
>>> before the Court but the Court did ask casually that could a totally 
>>> Blind
>>>
>>> person do the work of a Naib Tahsildar. Of course I said yes but had I
>>> known at that time that our very own Rajesh Assudani had got the
>>> appointment letter from the very same Commission for the post of Naib
>>> Tahsildar the Court would have passed the order much faster.
>>>
>>> I hope I have explained my case for the database and all of you will 
>>> send
>>> in your details and especially the 75 people who have got mails on this
>>> issue from me. please ask your friends and do definitely make it a point
>>> to do it this weekend. I will not stop sending you reminders but you
>>> better take responsibility too.
>>>
>>> Thanks for reading this mail and sorry for being so direct about this
>>> issue. I was losing hope about ever finishing this project.
>>>
>>> A very big thank you to those who have filled up their details and sent
>>> the forms.
>>> Regards Kanchan
>>>
>>> To unsubscribe send a message to accessindia-request at accessindia.org.in
>>> with the subject unsubscribe.
>>>
>>> To change your subscription to digest mode or make any other changes,
>>> please visit the list home page at
>>> 
>>> http://accessindia.org.in/mailman/listinfo/accessindia_accessindia.org.in
>>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> ------------------------------
>>
>> Message: 2
>> Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 14:59:13 +0530
>> From: "vamshi . G" <gvamshiai at gmail.com>
>> Subject: Re: [AI] Database
>> To: pamnani <pamnani at vsnl.com>, accessindia at accessindia.org.in
>> Message-ID:
>> <9f001c120806210229s71a79871v8df2c3bd24752dca at mail.gmail.com>
>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1
>>
>> Respected madam
>>
>> I think most of us were unaware of such an issue like me. And before
>> everyone in this list repents on this and thereby increases the
>> traffic in this thread, I feel someone should come up with the exact
>> information about how we should proceed in this regard. Awaiting
>> someone's earliest reply.
>>
>> Regards
>> Vamshi. G
>> Landline: 0877-2243861
>> Mobile: 09949349497
>> E-mail ID:
>> gvamshiai at gmail.com
>>
>> Vamshi. G
>>
>> On 6/21/08, pamnani <pamnani at vsnl.com> wrote:
>>> About  a year ago XRCVC had emailed a form on accessindia requesting
>>> members
>>> to complete the same with their respective information but hardly any 
>>> one
>>> had replied.
>>> I have personally taken up this project.
>>> For the last 2 months I have been writing to many of you personally
>>> requesting you to send your information in but hardly any of you have
>>> bothered. I had decided to ask a few members at a time so that I could
>>> have
>>> personal interaction and as yu do not seem to like to respond to general
>>> mails.
>>> It is shocking that you have not understood the need for a database .
>>>
>>> There are many reasons for wanting to have a consolidated online 
>>> database
>>> and I will just explain a few.
>>>
>>> 1. When job mapping is done at companies the facilitator has an  all 
>>> India
>>> reference and it is easier to convince the companies.
>>> 2. When parents of visually challenged  and the newly visually 
>>> challenged
>>> visit Associations for help they are generally scared and disheartened 
>>> by
>>> the disability. These organisations could use the database to increase 
>>> the
>>> confidence levels. Its like when I was going blind I thought for a 
>>> little
>>> while that I would never be able to continue with my career till I saw
>>> Deepak Motiwala a blind senior Solicitor doing well in his career. I was
>>> lucky that I did not have difficulty finding Deepak's name or address 
>>> what
>>> would have happened had he been from another city and I hadnt been told
>>> about him. This database will be online and will be useful to both
>>> organisations working for the welfare of the visually challenged and the
>>> challenged themselves.
>>> 3. About a month ago Amar Jain had asked on accessindia, the names of
>>> Visually challenged lawyers. Did any of you notice that there were so 
>>> many
>>> lawyers on and off this list but none of us could give a complete list 
>>> or
>>> a
>>> reasonablly  good list. Had this database been available this question
>>> would
>>> not have arisen and the replies would have been better and Amar's job 
>>> done
>>> faster.
>>> 4. There was an email from Prateek agarwal regarding IT sector but he 
>>> has
>>> not specified in what part of IT sector does he want information. The
>>> database would have helped him.
>>> 5. Last week I was fighting a case against the Maharashtra Public 
>>> Services
>>> Commission for a totally blind candidate. Even though the question was 
>>> not
>>> before the Court but the Court did ask casually that could a totally 
>>> Blind
>>> person do the work of a Naib Tahsildar. Of course I said yes but had I
>>> known
>>> at that time that our very own Rajesh Assudani had got the appointment
>>> letter from the very same Commission for the post of Naib Tahsildar the
>>> Court would have passed the order much faster.
>>>
>>> I hope I have explained my case for the database and all of you will 
>>> send
>>> in
>>> your details and especially the 75 people who have got mails on this 
>>> issue
>>> from me. please ask your friends and do definitely make it a point to do
>>> it
>>> this weekend. I will not stop sending you reminders but you better take
>>> responsibility too.
>>>
>>> Thanks for reading this mail and sorry for being so direct about this
>>> issue.
>>> I was losing hope about ever finishing this project.
>>>
>>> A very big thank you to those who have filled up their details and sent
>>> the
>>> forms.
>>> Regards Kanchan
>>>
>>> To unsubscribe send a message to accessindia-request at accessindia.org.in
>>> with
>>> the subject unsubscribe.
>>>
>>> To change your subscription to digest mode or make any other changes,
>>> please
>>> visit the list home page at
>>>
>>> http://accessindia.org.in/mailman/listinfo/accessindia_accessindia.org.in
>>>
>>
>>
>>
>> ------------------------------
>>
>> Message: 3
>> Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 16:03:20 +0900
>> From: balaram <chess.balaram at asianetindia.com>
>> Subject: Re: [AI] Database
>> To: pamnani <pamnani at vsnl.com>, accessindia at accessindia.org.in
>> Message-ID: <1214031800.6290.0.camel at balaram-laptop>
>> Content-Type: text/plain
>>
>> Expecting the form to my personal I.DOn Sat, 2008-06-21 at 10:10 +0530,
>> pamnani wrote:
>>> About  a year ago XRCVC had emailed a form on accessindia requesting
>>> members to complete the same with their respective information but 
>>> hardly
>>> any one had replied.
>>> I have personally taken up this project.
>>> For the last 2 months I have been writing to many of you personally
>>> requesting you to send your information in but hardly any of you have
>>> bothered. I had decided to ask a few members at a time so that I could
>>> have personal interaction and as yu do not seem to like to respond to
>>> general mails.
>>> It is shocking that you have not understood the need for a database .
>>>
>>> There are many reasons for wanting to have a consolidated online 
>>> database
>>> and I will just explain a few.
>>>
>>> 1. When job mapping is done at companies the facilitator has an  all 
>>> India
>>> reference and it is easier to convince the companies.
>>> 2. When parents of visually challenged  and the newly visually 
>>> challenged
>>> visit Associations for help they are generally scared and disheartened 
>>> by
>>> the disability. These organisations could use the database to increase 
>>> the
>>> confidence levels. Its like when I was going blind I thought for a 
>>> little
>>> while that I would never be able to continue with my career till I saw
>>> Deepak Motiwala a blind senior Solicitor doing well in his career. I was
>>> lucky that I did not have difficulty finding Deepak's name or address 
>>> what
>>> would have happened had he been from another city and I hadnt been told
>>> about him. This database will be online and will be useful to both
>>> organisations working for the welfare of the visually challenged and the
>>> challenged themselves.
>>> 3. About a month ago Amar Jain had asked on accessindia, the names of
>>> Visually challenged lawyers. Did any of you notice that there were so 
>>> many
>>> lawyers on and off this list but none of us could give a complete list 
>>> or
>>> a reasonablly  good list. Had this database been available this question
>>> would not have arisen and the replies would have been better and Amar's
>>> job done faster.
>>> 4. There was an email from Prateek agarwal regarding IT sector but he 
>>> has
>>> not specified in what part of IT sector does he want information. The
>>> database would have helped him.
>>> 5. Last week I was fighting a case against the Maharashtra Public 
>>> Services
>>> Commission for a totally blind candidate. Even though the question was 
>>> not
>>> before the Court but the Court did ask casually that could a totally 
>>> Blind
>>> person do the work of a Naib Tahsildar. Of course I said yes but had I
>>> known at that time that our very own Rajesh Assudani had got the
>>> appointment letter from the very same Commission for the post of Naib
>>> Tahsildar the Court would have passed the order much faster.
>>>
>>> I hope I have explained my case for the database and all of you will 
>>> send
>>> in your details and especially the 75 people who have got mails on this
>>> issue from me. please ask your friends and do definitely make it a point
>>> to do it this weekend. I will not stop sending you reminders but you
>>> better take responsibility too.
>>>
>>> Thanks for reading this mail and sorry for being so direct about this
>>> issue. I was losing hope about ever finishing this project.
>>>
>>> A very big thank you to those who have filled up their details and sent
>>> the forms.
>>> Regards Kanchan
>>>
>>> To unsubscribe send a message to accessindia-request at accessindia.org.in
>>> with the subject unsubscribe.
>>>
>>> To change your subscription to digest mode or make any other changes,
>>> please visit the list home page at
>>>
>>> http://accessindia.org.in/mailman/listinfo/accessindia_accessindia.org.in
>>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> ------------------------------
>>
>> Message: 4
>> Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 19:04:25 +0530
>> From: "govind reddy" <sgreddy4 at gmail.com>
>> Subject: [AI] Help needed regarding the technical writingand other
>> accessible careers for VIs.
>> To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
>> Message-ID:
>> <a8da12d30806210634i3b7eaa78x88833cb8c04eedf5 at mail.gmail.com>
>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1
>>
>> Dear list members,
>> Firstly, I'm sorry for the horible mistakes that I've made in my
>> previous mail since they were not written with my own hands.
>> A week ago I posted my requested about the accessible careers for
>> visually impaired, followed by the technical writing, unfortunately
>> not many responses.
>> Is there any horible mistake with my English?
>> for your conveenience I'm posting the request again with necessary
>> corrections.
>> i am to undergo a training program in technical writing at " Tech-Total " 
>> in
>> Hyderabad.
>> They agree to teach me the seven tools used in technical writing. They 
>> are
>> one
>> ms-word, ms-power point,ms-visio,Adobe Frame maker ,photoshop, snag It of
>> Tech smith and robo-help. Could any one please tell me how far these
>> tools especially the last five are Accessible with Jaws8 or above .If
>> u have any additional information about it please do let me know.
>> Members can reply to
>> my personal to my personal e-mail at
>> sgreddy4 at gmail.com
>>  instead of increasing
>> the traffic on the list.
>>
>> Thankyou
>> Warm regards
>> Govind.
>> M: 9959392651
>>
>> technical writing
>>
>>
>>
>> ------------------------------
>>
>> Message: 5
>> Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 19:47:05 +0530
>> From: "Vikas Kapoor" <dl.vikas at gmail.com>
>> Subject: [AI] Yahoo-Google agree online ad deal
>> To: "Access India" <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
>> Message-ID: <54E36338DF0F44CCB624BF027F1083F9 at VikasKapoor>
>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
>>
>> Yahoo-Google agree online ad deal
>>
>> Yahoo rejected a $47.5bn offer from Microsoft
>> Yahoo has agreed a deal with Google which will see Yahoo use the search
>> engine giant's advertising technology.
>>
>> Under the agreement, Google ads will appear alongside some Yahoo search
>> results in the US and Canada.
>>
>> The announcement came after Yahoo said it had failed to persuade 
>> Microsoft
>> to renew its bid to buy all of the internet company.
>>
>> Recent talks concluded after Yahoo rejected a Microsoft proposal to buy 
>> just
>> its online search business.
>>
>> Potentially lucrative
>>
>> Yahoo said the agreement with Google could be worth up to $800m (?410m) 
>> in
>> additional revenue every year.
>>
>>   Alarm bells were already ringing on Capitol Hill over Yahoo's 'limited'
>> trial in April of Google's technology
>>
>> Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC Technology Correspondent
>>
>>
>> The Yahoo-Google drama
>> BBC dot.life technology blog
>>
>> "This commercial agreement provides Yahoo with the opportunity to deliver
>> more relevant ads to users and provide advertisers and publishers with
>> better advertising technology," said Eric Schmidt, Google chairman and 
>> chief
>> executive.
>>
>> "We believe that the convergence of search and display is the next major
>> development" in online advertising industry, said Yahoo chief executive
>> Jerry Yang.
>>
>> The partnership will initially last for three years, but could last up to 
>> 10
>> if Yahoo decides to renew.
>>
>> Google said the deal did not need regulatory approval but that it would
>> delay its implementation by up to three and a half months to give the US
>> Department of Justice a chance to review it.
>>
>> However, the deal is likely to attract attention from competition 
>> regulators
>> in Washington, according to the BBC's technology correspondent Rory
>> Cellan-Jones.
>>
>> "Alarm bells were already ringing on Capitol Hill over Yahoo's 'limited'
>> trial in April of Google's technology," he said.
>>
>> Alternative deal
>>
>> The markets closed before the Google deal was announced. Shares in Yahoo 
>> had
>> closed down 10% after it said its attempts to revive Microsoft's $47.5bn
>> (?24bn) offer for the whole of Yahoo had been unsuccessful.
>>
>>
>> Cannot play media. You do not have the correct version of the flash 
>> player.
>> Download the correct version
>>
>> Yahoo chiefs strike deal
>> The shares fell as low as $22.50 earlier in the trading session, their
>> lowest level since the software giant first offered $31 a share for Yahoo 
>> in
>> January.
>>
>> Yahoo rejected a new proposal from Microsoft to buy just its online 
>> search
>> operations.
>>
>> "In the weeks since Microsoft withdrew its offer to acquire Yahoo, the 
>> two
>> companies have continued to discuss an alternative transaction that
>> Microsoft believes would have delivered in excess of $33 per share to the
>> Yahoo shareholders," Microsoft said in a statement.
>>
>> "This partnership would ensure healthy competition in the marketplace,
>> providing greater choice and innovation for advertisers, publishers and
>> consumers," the company said.
>>
>> Yahoo, however, did not want to sell off only one part of the business.
>>
>> It said such a deal "would not be consistent with the company's view of 
>> the
>> converging search and display marketplaces".
>>
>> Microsoft sources told the BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones that the company was 
>> no
>> longer interested in a full takeover because Yahoo had been
>> "underperforming" and was losing some of its key staff.
>>
>> Yahoo's shares closed 10% lower at $23.52, while Microsoft finished 4.1%
>> higher at $28.24.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7451946.stm
>>
>> Vikas Kapoor,
>> MSN Id:dl_vikas at hotmail.com, Yahoo&Skype Id: dl_vikas,
>> Mobile: (+91) 9891098137.
>>
>> ------------------------------
>>
>> Message: 6
>> Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 19:44:42 +0530
>> From: "Vikas Kapoor" <dl.vikas at gmail.com>
>> Subject: [AI] Behind the scenes of Firefox 3.0
>> To: "Access India" <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
>> Message-ID: <516658810C5E4A63BB9F14AA2B1E3ACE at VikasKapoor>
>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
>>
>> Behind the scenes of Firefox 3.0
>>
>> By Maggie Shiels
>> Technology reporter, BBC News, Silicon Valley
>>
>>
>>
>> About 15% of net users browse the web with Firefox
>> There is a clear sense of anticipation building at the Mozilla 
>> Foundation's
>> headquarters in Mountain View, California where engineers have been 
>> working
>> for the past 34-36 months perfecting Firefox 3.0.
>>
>> "This is the biggest release by far of Firefox," says Mike Schroepfer, 
>> vice
>> president of engineering at the non-profit that drives the web browser's
>> development.
>>
>> "We couldn't have done it without the two million people around the world
>> already running it and the other 20,000 helping give us feedback, working
>> out the bugs and constantly refining it," he said.
>>
>> Version 3.0 of Firefox is set to debut on 17 June and the Mozilla 
>> Foundation
>> aims to try and set a world record for the most downloads in a day when 
>> the
>> software is unleashed.
>>
>> It will have to do well to beat Firefox 2.0 - that version racked up 1.6
>> million downloads on the day it was first released in October 2006.
>>
>> Mr Schroepfer said Firefox 3 promised to be faster, easier to use and 
>> more
>> secure than rival browsers.
>>
>> He claims that Firefox 3.0 loads webpages three to four times faster than
>> Firefox 2.0 and more than seven times faster than Microsoft's Internet
>> Explorer (IE).
>>
>> However, with all manner of factors beyond Mozilla's control affecting
>> browsing speed those claims may prove hard to sustain.
>>
>> Alongside the speed improvements goes the "Smart Location Bar" - a 
>> feature
>> known as the "Awesome Bar" internally at Mozilla.
>>
>>
>> Schroepfer: "This is the biggest release by far of Firefox."
>> Mr Schroepfer calls this novel feature: "The biggest user experience
>> change... since tabbed browsing."
>>
>> The feature gives the browser's address bar a mechanism for quickly
>> returning to web pages without bookmarking them, even if a user doesn't
>> remember the address. It can also search "tags" - keywords that users
>> associate with a particular page.
>>
>> "Arms race"
>>
>> Security was also high on the development team's list of improvements for
>> the new version.
>>
>> Mr Schroepfer told the BBC: "It's an arms race between the good guys and 
>> the
>> bad guys. This is not scare tactics or boogie man kind of stuff.
>>
>> "We have seen a huge uptick in malware attacks because they are 
>> financially
>> motivated," he said.
>>
>> "This is billions of dollars a year. There are clear incentives for 
>> people
>> to do this because they make money so you need some good guys on your 
>> side
>> to block them out."
>>
>> Included in Firefox 3.0 are malicious software spotters that tell users 
>> when
>> they are on a website that has been compromised. A red box will pop up in
>> the middle of the screen warning users of the danger.
>>
>>
>> Firefox 3.0 warns when users stray on to a booby-trapped page
>> Mr Schroepfer said: "This new type of attack where people are hijacking
>> legitimate websites and using them as mechanisms to try and install 
>> software
>> on your machine is truly worrying.
>>
>> Behind the warning system is a list of infected sites that is updated 
>> every
>> 30 minutes to keep up with the pace of web attacks.
>>
>> When Firefox 2.0 was launched, said Mr Schroepfer, its security focus was
>> phishing attacks, where fake websites ask for personal details such as 
>> bank
>> account or social security numbers to aid identity theft and give access 
>> to
>> a user's financial accounts.
>>
>> "I think people adapted and thought phishing isn't working and then they
>> switched to malware attacks," said Mr Schropefer.
>>
>> Other features include almost 5000 add-ons to customise a page, making 
>> the
>> image on the back button bigger than the forward button because that is 
>> the
>> one used more often, and extending how long history stores page 
>> information
>> to three months.
>>
>> Since Firefox launched in 2004 it has gained a steadily increasing share 
>> of
>> the web browsing market. Now, on average, about 15% of web users browse 
>> the
>> web with Firefox.
>>
>> "Our goal because we are non profit isn't world domination," said Mr
>> Schroepfer. "It's just to make sure the internet is open, collaborative,
>> competitive and innovative."
>>
>>
>>
>> http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7456151.stm
>>
>> Vikas Kapoor,
>> MSN Id:dl_vikas at hotmail.com, Yahoo&Skype Id: dl_vikas,
>> Mobile: (+91) 9891098137.
>>
>> ------------------------------
>>
>> Message: 7
>> Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 19:52:23 +0530
>> From: "Vikas Kapoor" <dl.vikas at gmail.com>
>> Subject: [AI] Google's experimental Gmail toys
>> To: "Access India" <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
>> Message-ID: <13EA2BA94AE146D0966E8D500F9C9983 at VikasKapoor>
>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
>>
>> Google's experimental Gmail toys
>> By Maggie Shiels
>> Technology reporter, BBC News, Silicon Valley
>>
>>
>> In a first, Google is opening up its testing process by calling on tens 
>> of
>> millions of Gmail users to put new features of the service through their
>> paces.
>>
>> Gmail Labs has launched 13 settings for users to play around with and 
>> tell
>> engineers directly what they think of them.
>>
>>
>>
>> The most popular features will become part of the Gmail product
>> The new developments, which are only available in the UK and the US, show 
>> up
>> as a red tab at the top of the page.
>>
>> Gmail product manager Keith Coleman says: "This marks a big change in the
>> way the company does product development."
>>
>> Generally speaking products are tested internally on Google staff for 
>> weeks
>> if not months and then refined before being released to the public.
>>
>> Never before has the firm opened up the testing process and brought in
>> outsiders on such a large scale. Smaller scale usability tests have been
>> done with invited visitors.
>>
>> Mr Coleman says: "We want to take the next step and let Gmail users help 
>> us
>> do that refinement."
>>
>> Old Snakey
>>
>> The new settings include things like Pictures in Chat, which puts 
>> portraits
>> in chat sessions, and Superstars, which lets you put different icons on
>> mail. Old Snakey lets you play the classic game in Gmail and E-mail 
>> Addict
>> forces you to take a screen break by locking you out of the Gmail for 15
>> minutes.
>>
>>
>>
>> Keith Coleman: "We are looking for little nuggets of innovation"
>> Mr Coleman says the features are "really rough and have gone through no
>> filtering in terms of product analysis or design analysis".
>>
>> "They have just gone through a general code review process to make sure 
>> they
>> are safe to run.
>>
>> "They have also gone through less testing than a typical feature would. 
>> But
>> what this is is a way to take our ideas and get them out to the public."
>>
>> After testing, users will get the chance to tell the developers directly
>> what they think of them. The most popular are likely to become a regular
>> part of the Gmail product.
>>
>> Time for ideas
>>
>> The service was unveiled to a small group of journalists, including the 
>> BBC,
>> who had been invited to Building 47 at the Googleplex for a rare view of 
>> the
>> team at work.
>>
>>
>> Every idea is treated as having value
>>
>> Normally such spaces are off-limits to people outside the company.
>>
>> As well as being shown the new service ahead of release, we were also 
>> walked
>> through the offices where engineers take 20% of their time to come up 
>> with
>> ideas and work on them. The 20% time is part of Google's core ethos.
>>
>> "The idea behind Labs is that any engineer can go to lunch, come up with 
>> a
>> cool idea, code it up, and ship it as a Labs feature to tens of millions 
>> of
>> users," explains Mr Coleman.
>>
>> Staff write suggestions on a whiteboard to keep track of everything being
>> played around with and who is working on what.
>>
>> Another display shows how many bugs an upcoming application needs to get
>> fixed and which engineer is working on it.
>>
>> Spam Tsar
>>
>> The whole workspace is divided into areas covering various aspects of 
>> Gmail
>> from the calendar to documents and from the reader to spam.
>> Brad Taylor, the Spam Tsar who keeps Gmail free from offers you don't 
>> want
>>
>> The guys fighting to keep spam out of the Gmail inbox are tucked away in 
>> a
>> dark corner of the office. Brad Taylor is known as the Spam Tsar, a title 
>> he
>> quite enjoys.
>>
>> He has been working on Gmail since its public launch in 2004 and says he 
>> has
>> seen a real growth in the amount of unsolicited e-mail flooding into the
>> system.
>>
>> "Originally when we launched 25% of e-mail was spam. We caught a lot of
>> that. Over time it's grown and grown and currently around 75% of all 
>> e-mail
>> is spam and so our job has got a lot harder."
>>
>> Top secret
>>
>> In the heart of this open space is the so-called "war room".
>>
>> Here half a dozen engineers are huddled into a cramped office to work on 
>> top
>> secret projects. Everyone there was tight-lipped about what the next big
>> thing coming out of the room would be but helpfully quipped that it was a
>> new colour.
>>
>>
>> Dreaming up the future of Gmail
>> Todd Jackson, another Gmail product manager, was more serious when he 
>> said
>> that the engineers didn't leave until they had either solved a particular
>> problem or fully developed a new feature.
>>
>> Situated next to the office cafe is the Usability Lab, where Gmail 
>> invites
>> small groups of six to eight people to test new applications to see how 
>> they
>> will fare with the general public.
>>
>> Nika Smith, who helps run the Lab, says instead of having a two-way 
>> mirror
>> to watch participants and how they interact with a product, they are a
>> little more high-tech.
>>
>> "We have this little hidden camera next to some flowers and one in the
>> corner of the room. We just want to know how they use Gmail and see from 
>> the
>> users' perspective what their experience is like.
>>
>> "Then we just watch how they interact with the product and work out what
>> improvements are needed."
>>
>> A-Team
>>
>> Perhaps one of the coolest areas in the Gmail Lab is the site reliability
>> room, which is just past a sign that says "Hippies Use Backdoor".
>>
>> Decked out with a slew of monitors and computers, there is also a 
>> selection
>> of drinks, a drum kit and a couple of guitars. On the wall hangs a
>> whiteboard with a wish-list of things like "surround sound, a Wii Fit
>> machine and a bigger TV".
>>
>> The overall Lab space is like any other nondescript office, albeit with a
>> few fun quirks here and there such as naming every printer and copier 
>> after
>> TV shows like The A-Team and All in the Family.
>>
>> But sometimes things do get serious, and everyone is on a pager and gets 
>> an
>> alert when something goes amiss with the site.
>>
>>
>>
>> http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7441132.stm
>>
>> Vikas Kapoor,
>> MSN Id:dl_vikas at hotmail.com, Yahoo&Skype Id: dl_vikas,
>> Mobile: (+91) 9891098137.
>>
>> ------------------------------
>>
>> Message: 8
>> Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 20:43:06 +0530
>> From: "Geetha Shamanna" <geetha at millernorbert.de>
>> Subject: Re: [AI] Help needed regarding the technical writingand
>> otheraccessible careers for VIs.
>> To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
>> Message-ID: <01bd01c8d3b1$5284b4c0$0201a8c0 at geetha>
>> Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed; charset="iso-8859-1";
>> reply-type=original
>>
>> Hi Govind,
>>
>> I had unsubscribed from the list for a while and did not see your 
>> previous
>> message. I am sending my response to the list, as others who intend to 
>> take
>> up technical writing as a career can also benefit from it.
>>
>> Among the tools you mention, I worked extensively with RoboHelp and Adobe
>> FrameMaker. While RoboHelp was nearly completely accessible, FrameMaker 
>> was
>> almost totally inaccessible. Both RoboHelp and FrameMaker have come a 
>> long
>> way in the six years since I stopped working as a technical writer, and
>> things could have improved in the newer versions.
>>
>> I suggest that you enroll in this course and get as much out of it as
>> possible. The certificate will help you find a job, and once you have the
>> job, you can negotiate with the employer to allow you to do what you can 
>> do
>> best, which is write.
>>
>> Meanwhile, in addition to the course, ensure that you hone your technical
>> writing skills as much as possible. Read technical magazines and manuals 
>> and
>> try to write step-by-step instructions for performing various tasks on 
>> the
>> computer. Since your profficiency in using the tools will be below par 
>> when
>> compared to your sighted counterparts due to their inaccessibility, your
>> best bet would be to impress your prospective employer with your writing
>> skills. So try to concentrate your energy on that.
>>
>> Hope this helps.
>>
>> Geetha
>>
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "govind reddy" <sgreddy4 at gmail.com>
>> To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
>> Sent: Saturday, June 21, 2008 7:04 PM
>> Subject: [AI] Help needed regarding the technical writingand 
>> otheraccessible
>> careers for VIs.
>>
>>
>>> Dear list members,
>>> Firstly, I'm sorry for the horible mistakes that I've made in my
>>> previous mail since they were not written with my own hands.
>>> A week ago I posted my requested about the accessible careers for
>>> visually impaired, followed by the technical writing, unfortunately
>>> not many responses.
>>> Is there any horible mistake with my English?
>>> for your conveenience I'm posting the request again with necessary
>>> corrections.
>>> i am to undergo a training program in technical writing at " Tech-Total 
>>> "
>>> in
>>> Hyderabad.
>>> They agree to teach me the seven tools used in technical writing. They 
>>> are
>>>
>>> one
>>> ms-word, ms-power point,ms-visio,Adobe Frame maker ,photoshop, snag It 
>>> of
>>> Tech smith and robo-help. Could any one please tell me how far these
>>> tools especially the last five are Accessible with Jaws8 or above .If
>>> u have any additional information about it please do let me know.
>>> Members can reply to
>>> my personal to my personal e-mail at
>>> sgreddy4 at gmail.com
>>> instead of increasing
>>> the traffic on the list.
>>>
>>> Thankyou
>>> Warm regards
>>> Govind.
>>> M: 9959392651
>>>
>>> technical writing
>>>
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>>> with the subject unsubscribe.
>>>
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>>
>>
>>
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> Hello ma'am,
> thank you for responding to my request.
> But how about the other tools which I mentioned apart from Robo Help,
> like Snag It Powerpoint and word, etc.
> If we cannot access them with Jaws, what's the solution available.
> Regards,
> Govind.
>
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