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Updates… CSUN, NAB Karnataka Elections, Indian currency, US elections etc.,

I’m excited that my submission titled “Accessibility Strategy for Existing, on-going and future digital products” has been accepted to present at 32nd CSUN Assistive Technology Conference to be held during March, 2017 at San Diego, USA. Though I am not yet sure if I would be ravelling for this conference due to budget limitations. Finally elections for The National Association for the Blind, Karnataka Branch were held on 6th November, 2016 and team led by Alok Kshirsagar has won the elections with huge support of members. Full list of newly elected office bearers will be posted on the organization’s website…

WhatsApp Web interface – easier to use than on mobile

I may look like someone who thinks a bit backward; but Off late, I prefer using WhatsApp and Twitter on the web than using mobile device. I usually use these platforms for sharing information ond answering questions from my followers / groups on WhatsApp. Often, it requires me to do a bit research, refer a few things on the web and share a link. I find it easier to copy and share link on web browser using laptop than on a mobile device. Another advantage I see is on web interface, we get to scan more information than on mobile…

An inspiring story – lesson to a beautiful lady

Received below an inspiration story on one of my WhatsApp groups. This story was shared in Telugu hence a translation is given. ???????????? ???????? ????? , ??????? ???? ?????????? ?? ?????? ????????????? ?????????? ?? ???? ???? ????????????. ????? ?????? ???? ?? ??????? ?????? ?? ???? ????????? ????, ???? ??????? ????????????? ????????????…….!!! ? “?????? ?????? “????? ???????? ?? ?????? .. ” ???? ????? ???????? ?????? ??????? ???????. ?? ?????? ??????????” ??? ????????. “?????! ?????? ????? ??????????????” ???????? ????? ????????. ” ?????? ?????? ???? ??????.???? ??????? ???????? ??????????? ???? ????? ?????.” ???? ? ?????? ??????. ????????? ??????? – ?????? – ????????? ????????????…

Memories with Yahoo both as an user and as an ex-employee

It’s again proved that any business go down; no matter how big or how historical they are. The company that has introduced internet to the world,Yahoo! has last night announced that Verizon to acquire Yahoo!’s operating business for about $4.8bn. Some of my memories with Yahoo! My first email address was vasu182000@yahoo.com which I have created in the year 1999. My interaction with people around the world was via Yahoo! Messenger and Yahoo! Chat Rooms. I still remember the warning from my teacher Dipti Masrani about how careful I should be while using chat rooms. From 2009 to 2012, I…

Government helplines are proactive

Earlier when there is some problem with utilities like electricity or water and someone calls up the available helpline or department phone number, the response was either rude or a word like “we will look into”; but now things are changed. Helplines are more proactive. Some of my recent experiences in Bangalore. A month ago, we have received excessive billing for electricity and I have reported by dialing 1912 (BESCOM Helpline) and they have registered a complaint; I have received an instant message on my mobile number with complaint number. Further, they have followed up with me and concerned accounts…

Word Press Plugin Recommendation: TOC+ lets you create Table of contents

I believe having Table of Contents for lengthy posts and pages would be really helpful. Some authoring tools such as Wiki and Twiki automatically create Table of Contents based on page headings and a few plugins can make this happen on Word Press too. One such plugin that is easy to use for WordPress is Table of Contents Plus (external link). All a user needs to do is install this plugin and activate. Based on the heading structure, plugin automatically creates Table of Contents. User has flexibility to place Table of contents either before or after the page content. In…

What would makes sense in public places – ramps, stairs, escalators, elevators?

I have been reading some thoughts about making public places in India accessible and I do have some thoughts about the same. Discussions are around entering one floor to another or changing platforms in Railway stations. The facilities can be introduced based on size of premise. We cannot practically have all of the options viz. ramps, escalators, elevators and stairs at all places. For a small size shopping complex or for an apartment, it’s not a good idea to have an escalator so stairs and an elevator should be good enough. For premises like huge shopping complexes, it would be…

How to update AADHAR data?

Though we thought AADHAR generation takes a longer time (as per opinions seen on social media), our e-AADHAR got ready within 15 days of application. Truly appreciate the speedy process. But realized that my name got misspelled with one letter and that led us to look for ways how we can update the data. Even this process is simple. There are two ways one can update AADHAR data either online or offline. If you prefer to do it online, visit AADHAR Updation portal and select Update Aadhar data; that will bring up a form where you need to provide Aadhar…

Thank you note on the occasion of Global Accessibility Awareness Day

On the eve of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, I would like to thank a few individuals and organizations who have helped and supported me to grow myself in the area of accessibility. Thank you The National Association for the Blind, Karnataka Branch, a place where I started thinking about web accessibility. It all began when we have built website for NAB Karnataka for the first time with so much of JavaScript, layout tables, images with no alt etc., Thanks BarrierBreak (then Net Systems Informatics (India) Pvt. Ltd.,) and Shilpi Kapoor, who showed me path to accessibility. This is where I…

India is driving towards inclusion… STOP discrimination

On public mailing lists and social media, I have recently came across a few incidents of discrimination of people with disabilities that prompted me to write this post. First one is about Punjab National Bank, who is troubling a potential customer who happens to be blind to open a Bank account. In spite showing Circular issued by The Reserve Bank of India [PDF], bank has declined to open an account and provide facilities like Cheque Book, debit card etc., Bank says that they would require customer to sign on a declaration stating something only customer is responsible for safety of…