Friday, January 9, 2015
The End and The Beginning
Since 2004, a little Website known as AccessWatch has existed in the blind community. I had a crazy idea that a resource should exist containing software accessibility reviews. Along with the reviews, I added links to sites that I considered important or useful for one reason or another. My good friend Tyson Treasure who had just graduated from college as a computer programmer and was looking for a job, stepped up and designed the review system for me. A lot of people in the blind community submitted reviews, and before we knew it, AccessWatch was a living, breathing entity. Over the years, my time began to be taken up with other things and AccessWatch began to take a back seat. When I took a look at the site a few weeks ago, I was distressed to see just how far I had allowed the site to drift into antiquity. After starting The Pauls Place, I decided to take down the original AccesssWatch site and point it to this blog. Since the creation of AccessWatch in 2004, many other resources have stepped up to take its place--duplicating and, in most cases, surpassing the original site. As an example of what I am talking about, I need only point you to the AppleVis Website. I doubt that AccessWatch will ever be what it was, but perhaps someday it will live again in some form or other. It was a fun experiment and, in my mind at least, it worked. Thanks to all of you who contributed to the site in its heyday.