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It's the End Of The World As We Know It

Web Braille is gone!

This is the worst thing to hear when you won't bbe able to walk for at least 6 weeks. Can we say crying? This is awful.

Web Braille was the first library I had immediate access too. For someone sighted, imagine that you could only order things from the library. No matter what, you always had to order the book and it would take at least a week to get to you. Any book you wanted to buy, you first had to find it somewhere (no
Barnes and Nobel
to run to. That's how reading was for me until Web Braille came along. Yes, I have
but the quality of scanned books isn't always perfect.
Yes, I have
but if I buy it, I'm stuck with it, even if I don't like it.

Back to studying, but I had to vent/spill tears all over somewhere first.



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May. 11th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
Web Braille?
I tried to activate the link re Web Braille, and it sent me to a page where I needed to put in a username and password. I haven't heard a word about Web Braille going away, BTW.
May. 11th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Web Braille?
It says:

Because of technical and security difficulties, Web-Braille will be unavailable in the near future. NLS regrets the inconvenience and will provide further information as soon as possible.
May. 11th, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Web Braille?
I suspect there are some copyright issues at play here. Just a thought, but it occurs to me that this might be somehow interconnected with bookshare's recent trend of being nitpicky about copyright verification. I don't know, just thinking out loud...
May. 11th, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Web Braille?
You might be right about the copyright thing. I've seen some stuff going on at my school.
May. 11th, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC)
*howls* This is horrible!
May. 11th, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)
You said it!
May. 11th, 2006 06:51 pm (UTC)
I wrote to Judith Dixon to find out more details. I am wondering what difficulties caused them to take it down. I hope this is very temporary.
May. 11th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
Here is the message I received from Judith Dixon regarding the status of web braille. She didn't give any more details than what was in the original announcement:

Hello Tai,

Web-Braille has been removed from public access temporarily. We apologize for the inconvenience that the removal of Web-Braille has caused. At this time, it is not known how long Web-Braille will be unavailable but we have every hope that the curtailment of the service will be short-lived. We are making every effort to resume this service as soon as possible.

In the interim, all NLS-produced books and magazines are available in hardcopy braille from your braille-lending library. If the status of Web-Braille changes, information will be posted on the main Web-Braille page.

All the best,
Judy Dixon

* Judith M. Dixon jdix@loc.gov *
* Consumer Relations Officer (202) 707-0722 *
* National Library Service (202) 707-0712 fax *
* for the Blind and *
* Physically Handicapped *
* Library of Congress *
* Washington, DC 20542 *

May. 11th, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
At least they're making it clear that they want it to return. I thought it was gone for good. Thanks for following up on that.
May. 11th, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
I haven't even had to order anything in hard copy from NLS since maybe 2002 or something except a braille stats book that took its own little train trip through Seattle. I just used web braille instead. This news with very vague details is very sad.
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