Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

One comment Jutta Treviranus has often made to me is that if we begin from a perspective of designing for accessibility, we improve the experience for everyone, and not only the people who really need accessible resources. As I read this article I came to conclude that the same is true of trans-inclusive design. For example, consider the case of names. Most trans people change their name when they transition, but many online systems cope very poorly with name changes in general. But why not allow people to select their own display names? To name their own genders? And why not allow people to select their own titles (or, as is my preference, none at all)? The article examines some other factors to consider as well.

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