Chris Ashton

fortnight11y issue 70

27 January 2023

5 takeaways from screen reader usability interviews Frontend developer Jess Budd shares five things they’ve learned from user testing with screen reader users. Google’s ‘Guided Frame’ helps visually impaired users shoot better pictures This article has been in my bookmarks since the Pixel 7 launch event on October 6th, 2022. Google announced “a number of… [Read More]

fortnight11y issue 69

13 January 2023

Welcome to the first fortnight11y of 2023! I’ve had a nice little break from the newsletter, but am looking forward to getting going again. But first: a big thank you to everyone who completed my survey. It’s really useful knowing what’s most important to you (so much so that I’ll leave it open, in case… [Read More]

fortnight11y issue 68

16 December 2022

We’re fast approaching Christmas, and I have a gift for you. You can shape the future direction of this newsletter by filling in my survey! It would really help me to understand what you like or don’t like, which subjects you’d like to read more about, all that lovely stuff. All I Want for Christmas… [Read More]

fortnight11y issue 67

25 November 2022

What Does X% of Issues Mean? Adrian Roselli ponders what tools mean when they claim to find up to X% of issues. What do “issues” mean in this context? He ran a Twitter poll with a few options; most people interpreted “issues” to mean ‘issues validating against the 78 Success Criteria from WCAG 2.1’. But… [Read More]

fortnight11y issue 66

04 November 2022

A First Look at the Websites and Software Applications Accessibility Act Bill The “Websites and Software Applications Accessibility Act” (or #A11yAct) has been put forward to the United States Congress. If it succeeds, it will build on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Its aim is to lead to clearer regulations for digital accessibility requirements… [Read More]

fortnight11y issue 65

21 October 2022

Abbreviations can be problematic Martin Underhill writes about the problems of using abbreviations such as NGL (“not gonna lie”) and how inaccessible these cultural shortcuts can be. There is an official ‘fix’ for this in HTML: <abbr title=”Not gonna lie”>NGL</abbr>, but it doesn’t show a tooltip when a touchscreen user touches it, nor is it… [Read More]

fortnight11y issue 64

30 September 2022

Candidate recommendation version of WCAG 2.2 published September 6th 2022 marks the first update since May 2021. According to A Candidate Recommendation is a document that satisfies the technical requirements of the Working Group that produced it and their dependencies, and has already received wide review. W3C publishes a Candidate Recommendation to signal to… [Read More]

fortnight11y issue 63

09 September 2022

My War On Animation Article on The Verge, as part of July’s Accessibility Week. The author writes about their experiences navigating the web as someone who finds any animation a stimulatory overload. They acknowledge that there are documented standards for the ‘limits’ of animation on the web, such as keeping gifs to five seconds maximum…. [Read More]

fortnight11y issue 62

12 August 2022

The Hidden History of Screen Readers This lengthy but approachable article by The Verge covers the history of JAWS and NVDA. Ted Henter lost his sight in a car accident in 1978. Losing his job as a racing driver and mechanical engineer, he studied computer science, having to get volunteers to read programming books and… [Read More]

fortnight11y issue 61

29 July 2022

The negative impact of stylised captions on TikTok and Instagram It used to be that there was not enough captioned content on social media. People were posting videos but not captioning them, either because it wasn’t possible on the platform at the time or because they couldn’t be bothered. Auto captioning has become more and… [Read More]