We received a lot of feedback from our members and well wishers that some parts of our site were not inclusive! Last week, we made some changes. Now you can check out our new login page, an improved navigation bar, and the use of colours to aid people with low vision.
This is the first step that we have taken towards redesign. In the coming weeks you will see a lot more changes to help people with low vision navigate the site with ease. We would like to thank Srini for his insights on low vision design.
As the site grows by leaps and bounds, as more content and connections are made and shared, we feel that we need to prepare for a much more exciting future. Of course, we understand the recent changes may have caused some pain as familiar landmarks have disappeared. However, some changes could not be avoided as we have tried to consolidate and add more consistency to our design and structure. Of course, we are always on standby to assist if you are having any trouble.
The site will go through some more changes in the coming months as we put into practice what we have been dreaming about, a more approachable and customized experience. Veteran users may not notice these changes, but we want to make the site easier for new users to join and improve the Inclusive Planet experience.
Check out the new design if you have not done so already. And give us your feedback, the good the bad and the ugly.
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inclusive planet now speaks your tongue!
That’s right! we just got a translation interface up on inclusive planet. What does that mean? Say, you like Russian better than English, you now can change everything on inclusive planet to Russian and get your Russian friends on board! Inclusive planet will now speak the language you want, even Esperanto if you want it to!
The translation interface, which of course, is fully accessible, required some serious juggling in the back end as we tussled with the complexities of different grammatical structures. Our users, who have done the translations, and our team think that we have come to a reasonable solution that can handle multiple grammatical structures effortlessly.
We really hope that this little evolution of Inclusive Planet will have a large impact in your corner of the world.
We really want to give our thanks to Soner for helping us test this out, and of course, for doing the heroic job of translating Inclusive Planet into Turkish. We hope to see a lot of our Turkish friends on Inclusive Planet soon!
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Sometimes things happen for a reason. As discussions heated up inside our team on how to better leverage the abilities of our members and the strength of the community to bring in change, we received an interesting email. An email from lindie van zyl, the communications officer for the South African National Council for the Blind (SANCB). The team at SANCB had worked tirelessly over the last few months to come up with a design for a Braille Voting Template which would enable secret ballot for blind people in South Africa. Before implementing it, they wanted to get the opinions from people across the globe, so that the best possible solution comes out.
We brainstormed on what would be the best way to facilitate this, and the concept of “Inclusive Ideas” emerged. A platform where we can collectively brainstorm. A platform where this global exchange of ideas is possible. A platform where you can come, share your idea. As simple as that! On one hand it enables us to leverage the diversity of our planeteers from over 78 countries; and on the other it is also open to anyone across the world who wants to contribute towards inclusiveness.
The possibilities of this platform are endless… we could help create Braille voting templates in South Africa, help sighted people understand the challenges faced by a visually impaired person, change government policy or create a movement to make all websites accessible!
We look forward to unlocking the power of collaboration through the World Wide Web! So bring us your problems and bring us your ideas. We will stir it all together and we are sure that something wonderful will emerge!
So what are you waiting for? share your ideas for the sancb braille voting template challenge
Join in with your ideas! Let’s create an Inclusive Planet! Together, there are no barriers
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