You may notice a new icon on the Sparrow Chat posts, just below the title. It says simply ‘Listen Now’, and is an audio file of the post allowing users to hear, rather than read, the relevant article.
This ‘plug-in’ was discovered while visiting the blog of Lodro Rigdzin at “augmented illusions”. Lodro recently commented on the Sparrow Chat article, “Daniel James – R.I.P.”, and his blog is interesting, and worth a visit.
It behooves us all to seek out ways to make our online work more accessible to the handicapped. Thanks to Odiogo, who own the software that creates the audio files, Sparrow Chat is now more accessible to those with impaired sight, who may find it easier to listen, rather than to read.
As well as providing an audiostream, the files are also available for download as a podcast. The service is free. Readers may like to consider offering it on their own blogs.
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