Sight City 2008 Notes & Experiences (10th May 2008)

Created from my 14.5 pages of A5 notes. Please contact me about corrections, additions and deletions. Updated on 17th May 2008.


Mozilla arranged paid for my travel to Sight City 2008. Certain expenses will be reinbursed if I claim them, which I intend to do. It was an exhibition for AT developers, retailers and users in Frankfurt, Germany. It ran from Wednesday 7th May to Friday 9th May.

Mozilla were there to promote accessibility improvements in Firefox 3, along with various initiatives they sponsor through grants. People at the booth were:

We had a table, two chairs and a pinboard for mounting posters.

6th May 2008

London Departures

Steve Lee

Frankfurt Arrivals

Marco Zehe & Gijs Kruitbosch

Käfers oder Käfer


7th May 2008


Commute to Sheraton Hotel

Setting Up

The fire exit has a sign mounted on it. It depicts someone tripping over a low obstacle. In front of the exit is a low radiator. The sign is titled clockwise by several degrees. The possibility of this sign being tilted because the person mounting it tripped over the hazard the sign is supposed to stop people tripping over was so delightfully ironic I had to share it with Gijs. He also enjoyed it, which speaks volumes about our personalities.

Quantum Technology

Deaf-Blind German with Assistant

Ergra Low Vision

ZoomText from Ai Squared


Danish Man

Blind Man with Bored Dog

German Translater

Fine Blonde Non-techy

Brunette German Woman

Rich, the Freelance Windows Developer

Wiki Markup Nitpicking with Steve

Accerciser Demo from Steve

Left Booth

Back to Käfers oder Käfer

8th May 2008

Shower Surprise

Sighted German Man

Polish Group

Long-haired German Man

Opticians from Germany

Mixed Age Software Developers

Norwegian AT Retailers

Accessibility of Add-ons


Gijs’s Pupil Detection Demo

German Mother

3 German Students

Freedom Scientific Visit

Hardware Developer

3 Excited German Students

Trainee Instructor for Blind People

Teacher for Vision Impaired

Guinea Pig Interlude

Paul, the Mouthy Northern AT Developer

Gorgeous Greek Woman from PAB

Paul, the Story Continues

2 Blind Women with Man Assistant

Friendly Couple

Acapela Text-to-Speech Developer

Big Group

Smiley Oriental Exhibitor

Smiling, Talkative Dad with Wife & Young, Partially Sighted, Daughter


Strolling Around

Baum Screen Reader

Bald German Assistant with Blind Man

Assistant with Glasses and Blind Man

Return to Käfers oder Käfer

9th May 2008


University of Karlsruhe

Yellow Background with 3 Dots

Fruhsoft (I think this is mistranscribed)

Pamphlet Spam

German Radio Interview for Marco

Freedom Scientific

Gijs’s Blog

Steve at Work

German Man Reports Firefox Crashes

Pleasant Busy German Lady

Awesome Bar not truely Awesome?

Leaving Gijs and Marco

Nagging Steve about the Awesome Bar

Frankfurt Departures

Heathrow Arrivals


Spent the weekend depressurising. Following week was spent blogging this.