Well folks, there comes a time when things get bad. I'm going blind and am
basically unable to really read a computer screen any more. As a result,
I'm going to have to stop reading and commenting on this newsgroup. If my
vision gets beter, I will be coming back again but, at the present time, it
looks like I'll be completely blind by Christmas. Thanks for all of the
rmay at nethere.com
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Sorry to hear about the vision issues.
Been there, done that though in my case they were somewhat successful in my
right eye, at least restoring enough vision for me to be able to still drive
but I lost 100% the left eye.
So I know what you are going through.
Sincere sympathies. Never just accept what one or two people tell you
committing you to blindness; there are a number of
technologies/therapies nowadays but some practitioners seem reluctant
ever to mention them.
I work for a charity supporting disabled people with IT, most of our blind
clients use Jaws (a text to speech program) but at least one uses Windows
Eyes, neither are cheap but they do work.
These allow you to (for example) drop the newspaper into the scanner and
have it read out to you. Jaws does find some websites difficult, especially
those that favour the 'flaming rotating logo' style of web design, but in
general the better sites work fine.
One 'gocha' in windows is the pop-up dialogue box, you have to click on
these to continue working (there have been times our people have travelled
miles, clicked on 'ok' and gone back home).
Never seen it myself but I suspect if the computer just 'dies' on you you
could use Alt+Tab to switch between open windows to find the offending
If you do not yet touch type try 'Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing'.
It is worth getting to grips with the IT side, it can be a real lifeline.
I was a full time carer for ten years (girlfriend got mown down by a truck,
all sorts of physical problems which lead to her having a full blown mental
breakdown) - Usenet in particular kept me sane.
I couldn't do the modelling but my god son was just starting so I wrote up
some notes for him, more got added over time and if you print the thing out
now its the size of a couple of telephone directories.
That really helped, it gave me problems to solve that I could solve.
Your experience is full of useful information that others might find of
great assistance (I still get a few e-mails a month from the site and I
haven't done any serious updating for ages).
Building a web site like that is not difficult, we did work out a
methodology allowing a blind guy to maintain a charity website, if you would
like more information on that use the link on the above website to contact
me off group so we can exchange adress details. Please ensure the first
word on the subject line is GANSG
Short for 'Goods And Not So Goods', your spell checker may try and change it
We don't maintain websites, we train people to do it, but we do assist with
the initial setting up and we do supply third party training software, and
we try and do everything for free (our clients are typically short of
All the best
I'm very sorry to hear thi, I've often enjoyed your posts. I wish you
the best possible resolution of this terrible news.
Perhaps Wolf K.'s suggestion of text-to-speech software would be at
least a partial solution?
Bad news, old son.
But there might be some cheer in that of all internet technologies,
usenet might be the best served by text-to-voice. Solutions existed
as far back as the 1980s, certainly.
Best wishes for the future, anyway.
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