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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Accesible from the beginning

After a really relaxing, fun, an incredible time at the beach, I come here to post about this wonderful chapter from the Steve Jobs' biography.
This chapter recounts mac's first presentation in 1984, I don't use a mac, but I use an I pod touch, an what impressed me, is, apple products were accesible from the beginning.
Here's mac's first presentation, in 1984.
He opened the mitting, with a poem from the secund vers of Bob Dylan's song, the times they are a changin
"Come writers and critics,
Who prophesize with your pen,
And keep your eyes wide,
The chance won't come again,
And don't speak too soon,
For the wheel's still in spin,
And there's no tellin' who,
That it's namin'."

He ended with
"For the loser now,
Will be later to win,
For the times they are a-changin'."

Then, Steve jobs gave a speatch critizising IBM computers, then he talked about how apple, would dominate the whole wourld, the whole imformation age, the whole computer inndustry.
It went something like this:
“It is now 1984,” he continued, “It appears that IBM wants it all. Apple is perceived to be the only hope to offer IBM a run for its money. Dealers, initially welcoming IBM with open arms, now fear an IBM controlled future….”

“IBM wants it all,” “Will Big Blue dominate the entire computer industry? The entire information age?”

“Was George Orwell right?”

The audience where beside themselves, then, the auditorioum went black, an the 60 secund advertisement began.

Its a really visual comercial, but there it is, I'll post the description written in the book.
I'll post the description another time:)

After that, Steve Jobs showed a demo demonstrating mac's features. First, the word Macintosh appeared across the screen, an below it, Steve's favorite words.
"Insanely great"

Then, the screen displayed charts, documents, different fonds, drawing programmes, an immage of Steve Jobs with a thought bubble containing a Macintosh.
An when the demo ended, he said this memorable words.
"We've done allot of talking about macintosh recently, but today, for the first time ever, I’d like to let the Macintosh speak for itself."

An indeed, the mac spoke.

Its totally amazing.
Thankyou Steve Jobs,.
I wish I knew just a bit about him. When he lived.


  1. Erm. The mac might have spoken at that point, but mac's for a long time used a 3rd party screen reader. I don't know when it came out, I'd have to look that part up. But we didn't get any real built in screen reader until voiceover much later on, and some make a case that it was because of a threat of lawsuit from a state for not having adequate accessibility.
    While I give apple major points for doing a good job once they decided to implement accessibility, and expanding it to their line of products (I love my iPhone), and keeping with it, it was not that way from the beginning.
    Nehemiah (@miahtech)

  2. Yes it was a third party screen reader, but never the less, I think it was accesible.


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