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The Bellinghman
Date: 2009-07-23 13:22
Subject: ACM 0 - Breathtaking stupidity 1
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I'm a member of the ACM - the Association for Computing Machinery. Among other benefits, every month, I receive a nicely printed magazine containing relevant articles.

I just received an email inviting me to read the latest issue online. So I clicked the link, and went to the website, expecting to see a bunch of PDFs or the like.

Oh no, that's way too sane for them.

No, the page I see is built up out of tiled bitmaps of print. If I zoom in, instead of easily readable large-font text, I get blown up pixelated images.

The headline story? "A Blind Person's Interactions with Technology". Oh, the irony of delivering that article in a way that so neatly denies a blind person, even one with a screen reader.
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User: silly_swordsman
Date: 2009-07-23 08:40 (UTC)
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Well, it's an association for computing machinery - there's apparently no requirement that the people there are able to put two and two together.

Sounds like the sort of thing you'd stumble over in the late nineties and early noughties, when some designer/layout person had decided that HTML didn't give enough control over graphic design, and made the whole site as linked image maps.
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Steve Davies
User: miramon
Date: 2009-07-23 15:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Which publication? Usually ACM is pretty good on offering both HTML and PDF versions of stuff. I use their website quite a bit.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-07-23 16:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The 'Digital Edition of the August 2009 Communications of the ACM'.
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