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Wikidata Query Builder usability test: Looking for vision impaired users using screen readers/navigate via keyboardEdit


I am Mohammed from the Wikidata Team at Wikimedia Germany.

We are looking to conduct a usability test of the Query Builder, a tool to write queries without using SPARQL. The goal is to evaluate the current usability and usefulness of the Query Builder and to get an idea for future improvements. Find more information about the Query Builder development process at Wikidata:Query Builder.

Who we are looking for

We would like to speak with vision impaired users who are using screen readers or navigate via keyboard, and work on Wikidata using maintenance lists and have little to no experience writing SPARQL queries. These maintenance lists could be created in SPARQL or manually. Maybe you used the Query Helper to create it, maybe adapted an example query to match your needs or maybe you had some help creating the query, to name a few examples. You do not need to have any particular technical expertise to participate.

Interview structure

During this interview we’ll ask you to bring a real example of a maintenance query/list you (want to) use in your editing work to the meeting, to test out the Query Builder with an example that’s relevant to you. This list/query should not be using sitelinks, missing labels, descriptions or aliases. We have some backup lists prepared that we can use during the test in case your list is currently not supported by the Query Builder.

Participating in usability tests is different from typical volunteer activities because of both the time commitment required and the adherence to researcher-directed tasks. For these reasons, your testing time qualifies for compensation (see our wiki page for more details).

If you fit the description above and would like to help with the usability testing please feel free to let me know either here or via email (mohammed.sadat and I’ll get back to you about the next steps.

Cheers, -Mohammed Sadat (WMDE) (talk) 16:50, 18 April 2021 (UTC)

@Mohammed Sadat (WMDE), I think that @Psychoslave will be interested, because of m:Talk:Accessibility of Wikipedia, a March 2021 use test session. You might also want to contact the members of m:WikiBlind User Group. WhatamIdoing (talk) 23:58, 28 April 2021 (UTC)
Thanks @WhatamIdoing for notifying me here. I'm always happy to help with accessibility topic, or more broadly with any theme that helps spreading knowledge more universally.
@Mohammed Sadat (WMDE) I'm not a vision impaired user. I do use my keyboard within my navigation habits, although I don't use pentadactyl or the like currently, I just rely on the "factory keyboard shortcuts". I only have a very limited experience with SPARQL so far and don't work on Wikidata using a maintenance list. I'm rather comfortable with IT in general that said, being myself a professional developer.
So let me know if my profile might actually help on this topic, and if yes, what actions would you expect from me. Note that I will look further at the pages you pointed to later, especially if your reply is not a clear "no, your profile doesn't match what we are looking for on this project", but for now I didn't have time to look at them.
Cheers, Psychoslave (talk) 07:19, 1 May 2021 (UTC)
Thank you WhatamIdoing for the pointers! Psychoslave, we already found enough users for the tests, but I hope it's fine to reach out to you at some point if we need to recruit people who fit your profile. Many thanks for your help. -Mohammed Sadat (WMDE) (talk) 18:01, 2 May 2021 (UTC)
Hello @Mohammed Sadat (WMDE), good to hear you find enough people. Yes, feel free to contact me if you need more help in the future. Psychoslave (talk) 07:46, 10 May 2021 (UTC)

May 2021 at Women in RedEdit

Take note that "mental health" is a focus for May at WikiProject Women in Red. All are welcome to join in. Penny Richards (talk) 23:38, 28 April 2021 (UTC)

Women in Red | May 2021, Volume 7, Issue 5, Numbers 184, 188, 197, 198

Online events:

See also:

Other ways to participate:

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Post-COVID19 and disabilityEdit

I have just disovered an interesting article in Nature that could possibly be the basis of an article here:

Briggs, Andrew; Vassall, Anna (2021-05-27). "Count the cost of disability caused by COVID-19". Nature. 593 (7860): 502–505. doi:10.1038/d41586-021-01392-2.

I'm not able to do anything with it now (my to-do list is already overloaded) so if anyone else would like to have a go please do. Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 09:24, 3 June 2021 (UTC)

More about Covid and disabilityEdit

Another aspect of the intersection of Covid and disability:

"How The Post Covid-19 Economy Can Be More Disability Inclusive | Forbes India Blog". Forbes India.

Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 09:40, 3 June 2021 (UTC)

The International Disability Alliance raise even more issues:

"COVID 19 and the disability movement". International Disability Alliance.

Perhaps we should create a (temporary) task team for these topics? Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 10:07, 3 June 2021 (UTC)

New Article Draft: Hale ZukasEdit

I'm working on drafting an article on Hale Zukas. I'd appreciate anybody's help if you have time. You can help here: Draft:Hale Zukas. thanks! Cliff (talk) 16:09, 11 June 2021 (UTC)

Hi Cliff, I'll have a go at it. I've noticed the draft contains a bit too much explaining about topics about which we already have articles - 504 Sit-in, Independent living, etc. It's best to simply mention, link, and move on. Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 07:40, 12 June 2021 (UTC)
Thanks,RogerDodger! This is my first go at a full article and I had to do quite a bit of editing on the pre-existing draft to get it to fit the tone of WP. I'm also new to the disability project, so don't really know what's here and what's not. Really appreciate your help!Cliff (talk) 14:13, 14 June 2021 (UTC)
Dodger67 is right, it's over-explained, but that's fixable. "Mention, link, and move on" is a good motto. I've given it a light pass, cut it down a bit for conciseness, improved the top (the first few sentences that explain why this person is notable), fixed one of the links and added another. More and better references would definitely improve this article. Those YouTube references are not going to pass with a critical editor. And don't leave bare links in the references; that also raises flags. Hale Zukas is definitely notable, and there should be enough journal articles, books, and newspaper accounts to support a strong article. Because he's based in California, a good open starting place for newspaper sources is the California Digital Newspaper Collection; I added one ref from there, just for starters, but Zukas has a good searchable name and you'll find plenty more, I'm sure. Use the resources you have; other editors will use the resources they have, and soon Hale Zukas will have a solid article. Thanks for getting this started--long overdue! Penny Richards (talk) 14:52, 14 June 2021 (UTC)
Thanks Penny! I've got a few references in my Zotero that just need to get imported in the correct places. The initial creator of this page put the youtube refs in. I sincerely appreciate your help cleaning it up. Cliff (talk) 14:16, 16 June 2021 (UTC)
Hi Cliff I hope you don't mind, I saw this here and had a look - what a fascinating life. I got a bit carried away, found secondary sources, and made some small changes. It also seems like a short film documentary was made about him which there's a Hollywood Reporter article about, though not sure where that should go. (Apologies for any mistakes, I've only been editing for a few weeks. And haven't officially joined this project, so hi!) Persicifolia (talk) 02:15, 1 July 2021 (UTC)
Hi Cliff, Penny Richards, Persicifolia, et al. As I am a "qualified" AFC reviewer I have gone ahead and accepted the draft into mainspace as it is now in better than acceptable condition. Please assist in adding relevant categories. Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 06:42, 1 July 2021 (UTC)
Oh lovely news Dodger67 - I am pleased! Persicifolia (talk) 08:30, 1 July 2021 (UTC)
Amazing! Cliff, Penny Richards, Persicifolia Dodger67 and others! I went away for a week and come back to a completed, active article?! Thanks for your help everyone! Mr. Zukas is a worthwhile addition to wikipedia. Cliff (talk) 15:24, 6 July 2021 (UTC)
Cliff I can't tell you how much I enjoyed my part in it, I'm pretty new to wikipedia and worried I might be overstepping. What an absolutely fascinating life (so far). I'm so glad he exists on here now. The whole thing took me down some really interesting rabbit holes! Persicifolia (talk) 17:19, 6 July 2021 (UTC)
Penny Richards I found a problem that needs your particular brand of expertize. Reference #6 reads "Hotchkiss, Ralf (2007). "Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement Oral History Project". University of California." which seems to be an incomplete citation of either an audio recording or a transcription of an interview.
When I searched for the title I managed to find what appears to be an index page for the oral history project -;NAAN=13030&doc.view=frames&

The Zukas interview is listed under "BUILDERS AND SUSTAINERS OF THE INDEPENDENT LIVING MOVEMENT IN BERKELEY" "Volume III 2000" quite far down the page.
Now the problem is that I have not been able to find any path from there to the actual source document or recording. I'd really hate to have to throw out some key article content due to an incomplete citation or an unreachable source. Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 12:18, 1 July 2021 (UTC)
Good catch, Dodger67. I fixed the reference so it links to the oral history interview transcripts. Penny Richards (talk) 14:30, 1 July 2021 (UTC)
Penny Richards, Awesome, your librarian-fu is strong! Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 14:57, 1 July 2021 (UTC)

Editathon hosted by Women in RedEdit

Greetings from WP:WikiProject Women in Red! Starting next month, we’re going to have an editathon for July, August and September for the women of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. WP Disability participants are warmly welcomed to join us for the event; additionally if you have relevant lists of red links that we should encourage participants to take up, we’d love to know. Thanks very much! Innisfree987 (talk) 16:43, 20 June 2021 (UTC)

Question about braille text for Tennessee School for the BlindEdit

Tennessee School for the Blind has some braille at the banner of the top

I'm trying to see if it's supposed to be the school's full name in braille WhisperToMe (talk) 05:27, 27 June 2021 (UTC)

WhisperToMe it looks like about twenty characters, but I'm really just guessing. Perhaps the Language Refdesk could help. Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 12:25, 1 July 2021 (UTC)

Proposal to split Orthotics articleEdit

The article about orthotics has recently been expanded with the addition of a lot of quite detailed information. Please see Talk:Orthotics#Time to split this article? where the proposal can be discussed. Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 10:16, 12 July 2021 (UTC)

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