Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

RJS on WordStar cited in paper about accessibility for the blind

by Rob - June 23rd, 2009.
Filed under: Wake, WordStar.

Stumbled on this quite by accident, and found it an interesting coincidence, given that my current novel, Wake, deals with a blind teenager trying to deal with computers: a January 2006 technical paper entitled “A Personal Information Management Approach for People With Low Vision or Blindness” by Silas S. Brown and Peter Robinson of University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory — which quotes at length my 1990 essay entitled “WordStar: A Writer’s Wordprocessor.”

The paper appeared in the newsletter of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing — and, in another coincidence, the last page of the current Communications of the ACM is a piece by me about the science behind Wake.

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