What did computers without screens do?

Ian S. King isking at uw.edu
Fri Dec 18 15:00:04 CST 2015

I deal with modern computing devices with no visual display - or at least,
the visual display is not used.  My current Day Job is in accessibility,
and I make extensive use of screen readers (your Android phone comes with
TalkBack, and if you're an iSerf you have VoiceOver).  It changes the
design space a lot - not only because 'display' is spoken word rather than
graphics, but because the screen reader inherently serializes the
experience of the UI.

On Fri, Dec 18, 2015 at 10:20 AM, Paul Berger <phb.hfx at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 2015-12-18 2:04 PM, Chuck Guzis wrote:
>> On 12/18/2015 06:40 AM, Noel Chiappa wrote:
>> Agree completely. The amount of useless 'eye candy' on the average
>>> Web page is, well, appalling. But then again, the low S/N on
>>> developing technologies, as worthless content expands faster than
>>> high quality - well, that's nothing new, look at TV.
>> Heh.  Remember when "public TV" used to be called "educational TV"?  Do
>> you remember "Sunrise Semester"? Julius Sumner Miller?
>> --Chuck
>> ...Or the learning channel had something to do with learning and the
> history channel had something to do with history.   I stopped watching TV a
> few years ago, playing with old computers is much more fun...
> Paul.

Ian S. King, MSIS, MSCS, Ph.D. Candidate
The Information School <http://ischool.uw.edu>
Dissertation: "Why the Conversation Mattered: Constructing a Sociotechnical
Narrative Through a Design Lens

Archivist, Voices From the Rwanda Tribunal <http://tribunalvoices.org>
Value Sensitive Design Research Lab <http://vsdesign.org>

University of Washington

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