Spoiler Alert: this blog post brought to you with DEEP #gratitude for a marriage of Adobe products and various approaches to screen reader accessibility with special appreciation for links from a table of contents to articles and links back to the Table of contents in the latest electronic issue of Western Friend. These links require some extra effort for editor Mary Klein and rantWoman deeply appreciates the effort. Those of you who only read Quaker publications for occasional invitations into esoteric meditations on our various content presentation / publication of Truth technologies are invited to skip to the Technical minutia heading.
What? You looked and there is no Technical minutia heading? I am sure there is a technical minutia heading. It is near the bottom. I am sure of it.
But first a special announcement: This blog will be taking a break from augmenting and documenting massive interpersonal consternation and praying for paths through. Please welcome both a moment of #gratitude and a technological “what the HELL?” No, you may not have the gratitude without the technological WTF. They are a package. You have won today’s daily blindness tourism lottery.
What? You think Quakers do not do games of Chance? You think you forgot to buy a ticket? You feel like you have come home with someone else’s laundry and are wondering how the heck this lottery applies to YOU.
Does it help to think of God grabbing someone by the fingers and emailing YOU, maybe emailing YOU along with a bunch of people you daintily might rather not email with? On Planet RantWoman God not only is like that, God reminds people regularly that there are many other modes of divine presence besides “God as Personal Butler.” God frequently convinces RantWoman of the value of shared conversation, of specific contributions possible from everyone invited into the sacred space of electronic conversation or electronic conversation spilling over onto phone or live conversation. And we will not even discuss highly intrusive manifestations of the divine such as winter storms, volcanic eruptions, floods and even honking cars and bus born anthropology projects.
For now, consider something a bit gentler, this wonderful quote from an article called The Strengthening Power of Discomfort by Christine Betz Hall in the November December 2018 issue Western Friend:
A friend of mine bicycled 2,700 miles this summer along the Continental Divide. In an article she wrote for the Fairbanks Daily News Miner (8/12/2018), she said,“When doing endurance races, I have a question I ask myself when I want to quit: ‘Am I in danger or just uncomfortable?’ If I’m just uncomfortable, I tell myself to keep going. Things will get better. And they usually do.”
My friend’s observation about the positive role that discomfort can play in athletics is similar to observationsI have made in my work with participants in the Way of the Spirit program, which I direct. Learning to benefit from discomfort is an important aspect of spiritual growth.
I am a complete and enthusiastic cheerleader
for spiritual discomfort.
I am a complete and enthusiastic cheerleader for spiritual discomfort – especially the discomfort that comes from engaging in non-dangerous “stretches” with others that reach across faith divisions, from exploring our different from discomfort is an important aspect of spiritual growth. I am a complete and enthusiastic cheerleader for spiritual discomfort – especially the discomfort that comes from engaging in non-dangerous “stretches” with others that reach across faith divisions, from exploring our different experiences of the Life and Power of the Holy.
Back to Planet RantWoman and today’s excellent high quality blindness tourism excursion. What ? You think you did not choose to be here? You clicked on the link. Or your came to worship. Or God plonked you in the vicinity of RantWoman!
RantWoman understands that many of you are already in PAIN and complaining mightily about being dragged along on this excursion. RantWoman cannot guarantee a pain-free journey. This corner of Planet RantWoman is long and rocky, sometimes a long cavern full of bat guano, dripping stalactites, weird lighting, rocky treacherous paths. RantWoman does NOT intentionally inflict pain, but RantWoman does believe in gravity, in physics, in sometimes things happen. RantWoman thinks she has been TRYING to offer suggestions to minimize discomfort, but it is possible Planet RantWoman needs to try something different with the Communications director.
The RantWoman office of blindness tourism also has a customer service division, albeit a sort of erratic and unreliable customer service office. RantWoman is sorry but the blindness tourism customer service is not very good at detecting pain if people do not speak up in their own words. RantWoman had to remind herself of this recently and did speak up and received an adequate apology. Alas RantWoman also feels she is OWED some apologies. RantWoman thinks she is owed some apologies by people who keep discounting RantWoman’s experience and jumping up and down on things RantWoman has already, she thinks multiple times tried to make clear. But RantWoman digresses to the realms of other excursions in the Blindness tourism catalog.
The Blindness Tourism Customer Service office is also really bad at dealing with secondhand PAIN. RantWoman is so bad at dealing with secondhand PAIN that she is about to tell anyone who brings secondhand pain on someone else’s behalf that RantWoman needs to hear directly from the individual in pain. RantWoman things the bringers of secondhand pain may have a valuable role as spiritual accompaniment while pain is discussed, but RantWoman is no longer going to interact with secondhand pain.
[Planet RantWoman has been known occasionally to joke. At the beginning of this post, RantWoman promised a different heading, Technical minutia. The heading delivered above is Technical Esoterica. This kind of text shift happens all the time in the world of accessibility. Developers mean to be consistent, but they do not always manage and it helps to plan on a little guesswork sometimes.]
Planet RantWoman sightseeing may include collision with a number of different technologies. RantWoman has done tech support for decades on a number of different platforms. Tech support requires precise descriptions of the technologies and behaviors involved. Planet RantWoman technological excursions may get boring. But they are part of the experience customers have bought into. Tonight’s offerings:
- RantWoman received the Western Friend issue as an attachment in Gmail. This is GREAT because in windows 10, IE 11, JAWS 2018 (are readers bored yet?) using the Gmail view as HTML option, all the articles have their own links and RantWoman was able to send her screen reader straight to the article she wanted to reread. Less time getting to the content one is interested means MORE time for tending the substance of one’s Light. Not like RantWoman would benefit from, say, time with an editor or anything like that.
- RantWoman was able to find the Western Friend email attachment on her Android Phone. RantWoman tried to read it with either Drive PDF viewer or with Acrobat. Both produced unsatisfactory results RantWoman is not going to troubleshoot.
- RantWoman also downloaded the PDF from the Western Friend website both to her phone and to her Windows machine. Something is imperfect on both platforms, but RantWoman needs to stop for now.
The short version, despite #a11y (electronic accessibility) imperfections on several paths and having to go through many steps other people never think about, RantWoman has been able to read the whole issue of Western Friend and then navigate around enough to go back to one article without rereading the whole issue. RantWoman is VERY grateful.
Now Readers, please read the rest of the article about discomfort. Read the other articles too if led. Andp please consider this exhortation an invitation to live conversation.
In Light and faithfulness.