Shwetank Dixit is a developer, speaker and open web advocate who likes to look at how technology, standards and policy could be used in new ways to make society better and more inclusive. He is co-editor of the W3C HTML specification and a Google Developer Expert.
He currently works at BarrierBreak as Head of Accessibility Innovation and Research. Previously he worked at Opera, where he was PM of it’s extensions platform, and a member of it’s developer relations team.
Augmenting Empathy: Simulating Low-Vision Conditions with CSS, SVG and WebRTC
“Low-vision” is a concept which is hard to grasp for most people in an exact manner. Its an umbrella term for a number of conditions - each affecting eyesight in a different way. What if we could make tools to make people see what people with low-vision actually see?
This talk is a story of how I talked to persons with low vision and their family members, and tried to make tools to help people understand how people with various low-vision conditions see the world. Through the power of CSS, SVG and WebRTC, we’ll take a look at how to simulate low-vision conditions and what it taught me about empathy.