Q. What is descriptopedia?
A. Descriptopedia is, mainly, an internet resource where you find descriptions for all seen objects, specially those untouchable things like: a rainbow, or a mouth of a lion. If you loved the idea, and believe you are good at describing things, feel free to add your comments to the described objects, or visit the contact us page for more details on how to send us your new descriptions.
Q. Who will benefit from verbal descriptions of things?
A. Many people are looking forward to finding textual descriptions to help them; for example:
- Blind people who are not able to see things with their eyes and use their touch to realize things, especially untouchable things like the view of a high cloud, the view of a waterfall, or a dangerous animal.
- New language learners who are in bad need of contextual vocabulary to learn how to describe things in the newly acquired language; that is to be able to physically describe objects, or persons.
- Shape recognition researchers who may be in need of wealth of informative descriptions for their testing purposes.
Q. May I request a picture to be described for me?
A. We intend to expand our descriptive services to satisfy all personal requests too; however, we are now limited to public things first, and this is due to the fact that we are keen to make it as an online voluntary service.
Q. What is the difference between a functional description and a physical description?
A. A functional description is the description that lets you know how to use a particular thing and understand its function. For instance, product manuals and documentation often use functional description methods to let users know how to deal with things, and they just use an image or a screenshot to show the physical view of their products. On the contrary, physical description is the description that lets you imagine almost the exact view of an object before seeing it in realtime, so that when you see it you find no difference to what you imagined when you got introduced to it through its physical description.
Q. I am a school teacher, may I use your descriptions for pedagogical purposes as they seem informative?
A. Sure. You could use them in classroom activities such as “what is this” game, or descriptive paragraph composition, etc.
Q. Why do you describe touchable things like phone models though the blind could touch them without the need to visit your descriptopedia, and people may just visit the websites of phone manufacturers themselves?
A. Descriptopedia is not intended to serve the blind only, and you may check the above question related to “who will benefit from descriptopedia”. Again, be sure that most manufacturers only use images to show their products instead of describing them textually. Then, being blind, how do I check the shape of a certain phone model before buying it? Am I forced to stick to the models my friends show me? What will happen if I asked a reseller to open a new phone model box for my sake to touch it before hand!
Q. how could a person modify your descriptions?
A. They just drop us a note or comment on the page of the described object with their modifications, and we will include it in the main article, and will keep the comment published by their name so that we acknowledge their efforts herein. Incase a person wants to request a new description to be added, they could just visit the contact us page to drop us an e-mail from there.