[of-dev] code liberation <=> openframeworks

Jaffar Sidek jaffar.sidek10 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 10 08:27:31 PST 2015

Hi.  I am actually trying to work towards intigrating accessibility into Open Frameworks.  By this, I mean that eventually, it is my hope that Open frameworks can be used to build applications that is accessible to the four screen readers that are most used by the blind and visually impaired, Jaws For Windows, Windoww Eyes, Hal and NVDA, an open source screen reader.  By Accessible, I mean that Uis built with Open frameworks such as dialogs, menus and messages can be accessed by screen readers just as apps made with standard windows Guis.  I hope someone on the list can collaborate with me on this because I strongly feel that Open Frameworks is such an intutive framework to use.  Cheers!

From: Phoenix Perry 
Sent: Friday, January 09, 2015 5:10 PM
To: mailing list for development of openFrameworks 
Subject: Re: [of-dev] code liberation <=> openframeworks

I’m really excited about this. Everyone who is interested reply to this thread and I’ll start offline suggestions.  

Phoenix Perry
Code Liberation Founder 
Dozen Eyes Creative Director 
Utrecht University of the Arts Sr. Lecturer 

On 07 Jan 2015, at 09:15 pm, Zachary Lieberman <zach at eyebeam.org> wrote:

  I'm super interested in mentoring -- I know some of the code liberation folks (Jane was my student) and have been following their great work...

  On Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 7:50 PM, Kyle McDonald <kyle at kylemcdonald.net> wrote:

    sorry, one thing i just realized i forgot to clarify: 

    in terms of mentors, we're looking for everyone, you don't have to identify as a woman!

    that would be the ideal situation, but because OF isn't very diverse we have to start somewhere.

    so, again: if you're interested in mentoring OF beginners into a position of active contribution, please get in touch directly or on this thread!


    On Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 3:59 PM, Kyle McDonald <kyle at kylemcdonald.net> wrote:

      hi everyone, 

      yesterday i had a long discussion with phoenix perry, who is an excellent hacker, artist, game developer, and professor, amongst many other things. she founded the code liberation foundation http://codeliberation.org/ which offers free development workshops in order to facilitate the creation of video game titles by women.

      i didn't realize it, but they actually teach OF in many courses, and some of the code lib teachers are avid OF users! the fact that this has completely slipped under my radar got us scheming, and phoenix had an excellent idea: that we create a partnership between code lib and OF that makes space for women finishing the code lib courses to be mentored and join in as active contributors.

      i was going to write about this to a few people directly, but thought i'd write to of-dev instead so anyone interested could hop in.

      our only previous experience with any kind of "mentorship" relationship has been through google summer of code, but i feel like if we start slowly with a few people this could really help us towards building a more balanced community that is still accessible for beginners and powerful for advanced users who have been using OF for a while.

      so, i'd like to open up this discussion by asking:

      - how can we best structure a mentorship program?
      - who is interested in being a mentor?
      - how can we create more opportunities for beginners to contribute? the list at the bottom of this page http://openframeworks.cc/community/ is a good start, but what's next?


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