Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Grant awarded for Accesible Second Life Client.

Someone on the educators mailinglist send notice that a $90k Grant was awarded to Eelke Folmer from the Univerity of Nevada, to develop an Accesible Client for Second Life. Number 7 on this list.

Now what that exactly means i'm not sure, and what kind of improvements he has in mind. From reading his 2 website Eelke and Helpyouplay i do see he is very much in usability and accessibility, which the current SL client could a lot of improvements on.

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  1. I'd like to know out of that 90k$ how they plan to convince Linden Lab to change its no-distribution policy on its open-source client, or are they planning on relying on libSL?

  2. I send a email, hearing what his plan are. But haven't heard anything yet.

  3. Hmm, interesting, developing a text/voice-only client for SL :)

    It's actually a huge challenge, getting blind people into SL. I wish him good luck...

  4. Well, I am legally blind and I am more then pleased to see this new project under way :).

    Here was my plee posted iwht teh help of a good friend. This is more then needed, not only for the visually impaired but for those with low vision even teh older comunity who's eyes are aging. Everyone will benefit :)

    Amaya Summers