Sunday, September 30, 2012

Open #Wikipedia for people who are #Dyslexic II

Great ideas are not uncommon. I am really happy to learn that Reedy had the idea to support the Open-Dyslexic font in MediaWiki before me. As you can see in the screen shot, progress has been made.

It is now just a question of dotting the i and crossing the t and pushing it out.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Open #Wikipedia for people who are #Dyslexic

We have the technology to make an important improvement for the usability of Wikipedia. The technology exists in the ability to provide web fonts from within MediaWiki. The opportunity is to improve the readability for people who are dyslexic.

What it takes is to enable web fonts functionality on for instance the English Wikipedia and allow the use of the Open-Dyslexic font. The license is a bit weird for a font but it is within what the WMF is comfortable with; the CC-by license.

It should not take long to appreciate why this is a good idea.. it should not take too much after that to help people with dyslexia.

Monday, September 24, 2012

About the #quality of #Wikipedia

Sometimes a new item is too good to be true... and then again..

I have no comment about the relative quality of Wikipedia compared to Congress's $100M research service. What I find of interest is the implied value that is put on the quality of Wikipedia. Eh, I assume the value is $100M a year.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Use Europeana's TimeMash for #WikiLovesMonuments

#Europeana has a rich repository of images of many, many monuments. They show what monuments looked like once upon a time.

Wiki loves monuments is a photo competition where people are take pictures of monuments what they look like at this day and age.

The TimeMash application adds a dimension to the pictures that can be taken; it helps photographers make pictures from the same angle. The combination is powerful; pictures taken in this way are more interesting.

It is possible to have both images on Commons and even used in the projects. The challenge is to register and link such pictures and to have a tool to switch between such images.