- Internet sleuth Anne Camozzi sent along a link to a petition asking Google to add accessibility as a component to their maps.
- I love maps and have tried several apps focusing on accessibility.
- It turns out that this product is being developed by a Halifax software company known for excellent results and attention to detail.
- It appears to be an all-Canadian effort.
Here's the introduction:
This seems poised to succeed. It relies on Google's vast database of businesses and is harmonized with other types of ratings. It has a smartphone app, so it's location aware. I rated Epicurious Morsels, Saege, Jennifer's, Common Grounds, Argyle Fine Art, Secord Gallery and Just Us.
It's not perfect:
- The lowest accessibility rating is one star, which seems absurd. Does Hali-Deli deserve any star? It's completely inaccessible.
- You have to rate the washroom even if you didn't visit
- The mobile login is broken, so it's impossible to judge the features it might offer
- The map doesn't pan with search results.
- There are various small inconveniences, but the potential is great.
Rate five places you know - we'll organize a Mapathon later in the summer........