I remember when coffee was just coffee.
You’d go into a shop or restaurant and say, “Can I have a coffee please” and, unsurprisingly, they’d give you a coffee. Simple. Well, OK, maybe you’d have to tackle the milk and sugar question but that was it. But now, ask for a coffee anywhere and you need to complete a three page multiple choice quiz. Latte, Cappuccino, Espresso, Flat White, Long Black, Macchiato, Mochaccino, the list is endless, and that’s even before you decide on what kind of milk or syrup you want.
Now, the reason I bring this up is not because I’m a grumpy middle-aged man, well, maybe that’s true, but I’m setting up an analogy, or is it a metaphor, or perhaps a simile? Whatever it’s called, all I’m saying is that too much choice can be confusing; it’s the same when it comes to computer files. Need a photo or image? Do you want bmp, jpeg or gif? How do you want that text document? doc, docx, rtf, txt, etc. It’s the same when it comes to audio files, and it’s not always easy to find an accessible way to convert one file format to another.
In episode 128 of Double Tap Canada, Steven Scott shows you an online file conversion service called Zamzar, that he’s found to be usable by screen reader users, that may just save you some time and money.
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Co-host & audio producer on the Double Tap Canada radio show. Occasional contributor to Double Tap TV, full time shed resident.