This site has
been awarded the Speech Friendly Ribbon Award and is 100% speech

Norman L. De Forest is a member of The HTML Writers Guild.

Graphical Protest.

First displayed on December 3, 1997 -- U.N. Day of the Disabled.

Redesigned October 11, 2000.

To show Netscape and Internet Explorer users what the blind (who use text browsers and screen-reading software that speaks the text through a speech synthesizer) and other graphically impaired lynx users have to cope with when viewing pages "enhanced" for Netscape or Internet explorer, I have "dehanced" this page for graphical browsers for this one day. (I may do it again if the point seems to be made.) What you see is what text-browser users have to put up with at poorly-designed web sites. If you feel you must see my regular page, it is at http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/~af380/regular.Profile.html for this one day only. (Lynx users will see no change and may wonder what the fuss is about. What I have done for the day is to replace the text on the page with images and used the original text as ALT text. To see what this looks like with a graphical browser, you can have a look at a simulation of this where I have replaced the ALT text with a text representation of the images.)

Last site update: December 11, 2000.

Special Announcement for Disabled

A Possible Exemption for Greyhound Threatened Accessability
but people rallied in protest against it.
Read about the results in
Over-The-Road Bus Victory:  Boarding Everyone.
(Note:  I found out that, due to a stupid error on my part,
the file access permissions for this file were misset.
If you got an error trying to access this in the past, try again.)


How to contact me

By E-mail to af380@chebucto.ns.ca [see note below]

NOTE: No un-solicited commercial E-mail is tolerated. I am not connected with ANY commercial enterprise so do NOT need any commercial promotion schemes.  I am NOT balding or overweight so do not need any information on Minoxydol (however you spell it) or weight-loss programmes.  I have no interest in looking at dirty pictures on the Internet.  Since most pyramid schemes include at least one participant from the United States, the "Cc:" field of my replies to them usually include initials such as "IRS", "USPIS", "NFIC", and "FTC".  I don't like spam (I am not referring to SPAM, the lunch meat in this context, which I like) and have no need to purchase any bulk e-mail software and use it to piss off the Internet community and lose my Internet account.  If I want to piss off somebody, I'll do it on a one-to-one basis.  I refuse to purchase ANYTHING that is advertised by means of Unsolicited Commercial E-mail.  Do not consider the existance of an e-mail address on my site and a request for comments on my site as any justification for sending me any commercial promotion whatsoever.

Also, I reserve the right to retransmit, repost, or otherwise communicate the contents of any and all Unsolicited Bulk E-mail (UBE, Commercial, Religious, or Political) to wherever or whoever I deem appropriate regardless of any copyright notice attached to the offending E-mail.  Sending me the UBE indicates your acceptance of those terms.

By "snail-mail":

    Norman  L.  De Forest, 
    General Delivery, 
    Halifax Central Postal Station, 
    Halifax, Nova Scotia, 
    Canada   B3J 2L3 

The Chebucto Community Net Home Page.

For other people or services, you can browse the Chebucto Community Net Home page.

Allright Then, Just One Picture If You Insist!

Pardon my artistic ineptitude... but you get the idea anyway:

                        A  DYSLEXIC  VULCAN:

                               / \ / \
                               |  |  |
                       /\      |  |  |     _
                       \  \    |  |  |    / |
                         \  \  |  |  |  /  /
                           \  \|  |  |/  /
         "LIVE  LONG         \         /     __
         AND  PROSPER"       |         |    /  \
                             |      ___|___/  /
                             |     /         /
                             |              /
                             |         ___/
                              \       /

Previous pictures -->

A Final Parting Thought:

Terri R. Stonecipher had these in her signature block.  She was  gracious enough to give me permission to quote them here:

"The best friend of the deaf is not the fellow who gives them advice and assistance.  It is the man who asks them for it."
--  George Propp in 'The Nebraska Journal.'

"There are people who think deafness is a handicap purely because they are under the illusion that they are saying something worth hearing."
-- unknown.

"The problem is not that the [deaf] students do not hear.  The problem is that the hearing world does not listen."
-- Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, 1988 (at Gallaudet)

Previous final thoughts -->

Popularity Figures.

... or How Many People Stumbled Onto My Web Page by Accident?

Allright, everybody and his dog seems to have an access counter on his web site these days, even though some people don't like them.  (See item number 8  in " Top TEN Homepage Pet Peeves" in the Chebucto Newsletter) So why should I be different?
Have a look at the visitation statistics for my web site, and each page in it.

How to contact me.

Webmaster:  Norman De Forest, <af380@chebucto.ns.ca>

This page pessimized for Netscape and Internet Explorer.