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White Plume lit one of his rolled-up cigarettes and squinted at me through a ribbon of smoke. “Do you know what saved me from becoming a cold-blooded murderer? My language saved me. There is no way for me to be hateful in my language. It’s such a beautiful, gentle language. It’s so peaceful.” Then White Plume started to speak in Lakota, and there was no denying the words came softly.

Image Credit: Badlands in South Dakota. 30 November 1899. National PArk Service; Photographer: D. Luchsinger. Link to Source


The web is so long as there is encoding. Normally, this means a text-based form of communication. What encoding is available for aural languages, such as that of so many Native American languages?
Is there even a html language code for these native languages?
What about meta-data? How can one even search for information if encoding is text-based, and the language is aural-based?
Mozilla Developer note on speech media type
Intended for speech synthesizers. Note: CSS2 had a similar media type called 'aural' for this purpose.

More Musings..

At the end of the day, text is an abstraction, used to communicate ideas. Earlier cultures used imagery to also communicate ideas.
Use of Animation?
Animated Agent Research
Aural Media Types
Reference: Mozilla Developer @media types
W3C Appendix for Aural Media Types

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Validators, Tools, and Reference Links:

Web Worker

MDN article
HTML5 Rocks article
The Blob Scratch Site
Need to check the headers! Where is the REDIRECT coming from?

Layout and Stylesheets

GSS Scratch Site
Apple Auto Layout Guide
HTML layout
Scratch scratch scratch site
Old bootstrap v2

Authentication Resources

WordPress OAuth2

Proxy Issues

Using WordPress Behind a Proxy

HTML5 Sectioning

Sections and Outlines of an HTML5 Documenty
Note: There are currently no known implementations of the outline algorithm in graphical browsers or assistive technology user agents..."


WordPress 4.2 ships with Let WordPress Speak
Hiding Screen Reader Text
Background Tickets for Let WordPress Speak
Ticket #31368
Ticket #28892


json rest api plugin

Media Queries

CSS3 Media Queries
Can I Use?


Video File Converters
Converter One

Public Domain Resources



Braille is NOT a Sub-Set of Tactile [media types & media groups]

Currently Working On...

Screenshot showing initial DFW

Screenshot showing initial DFW

A Plugin for A Friend

I have a friend with multiple disabilities who is learning to work with WordPress. Two of his disabilities are poor vision and challenges with his motor skills. He relies on two things to navigate the interface: Visual Cues, and Dragon Naturally Speaking. The awesome people at WordPress have been working on a new user interface for the TinyMCE editor, and these changes have in part greatly improved the working situation for him by removing so much visual cruft from the screen.
The problem is that once he is in that screen, there are no visual cues to lead him to his next step. The expectation is that one would be able to discover next steps by tabbing or moving his mouse, but this is not something to be taken lightly. Using a mouse is very problematic, and even tabbing can be an intimidating process.

Screenshot showing DFW with button

Screenshot showing DFW with button

A Hopeful Solution

I would like to try and make a plugin for my friend so that it is easier for him to navigate within the TinyMCE editor. The plugin has to be able to put a functional "Publish" button in a location that is obvious and easy for him to get to once he is in the TinyMCE editor.
To the left is a screenshot showing the first attempt. It has plenty of shortcomings, such as only working when the DFW button is clicked, and it is a html division styled to look like a button rather than a real button, which of course is an accessibility fail, but one thing at a time. I am going after VISUAL cues here, to help him navigate.

Test Heading ARIA Level Two

Odds and Ends


Making a whole div linkable is a validation fail and an accessibility fail. But doing so makes it easier for those with shaky hands to reach and activate buttons and links. Is it time for a change?

More Musings

Are we getting past the point where buttons need to look like buttons, and links need to look like links? Visually speaking, its a visual aid if a link is surrounded by a highly different background, which makes it look like a button....time to change?

Search Term RTL #مكتب "Library" in Arabic

كفيف# RTL Search Term Blind

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