Chris Ashton

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]

fortnight11y issue 60

15 July 2022

I’m back, having got married, been on honeymoon, and perhaps inevitably, caught COVID. So, a little later than planned, please enjoy the latest issue of frequent11y! Robles v. Domino’s Settles After Six Years of Litigation This case concerns Guillermo Robles, a blind customer of Domino’s who was unable to order a custom pizza from their… [Read More]

fortnight11y issue 59

06 June 2022

This issue of fortnight11y is slightly delayed – work has been busy! This issue begins with my usual roundup of some recent/topical a11y articles, but finishes with a ‘hardware special’, covering some interesting developments in the world of physical technology. This will also be my only newsletter in June. This week, I’m getting married, and… [Read More]

fortnight11y issue 58

13 May 2022

US Accessibility Lawsuits There have been a number of accessibility related lawsuits in America of late. As ever, I’ll try my best to summarise, but bear in mind I am no legal expert. On Reconsideration, Judge Albright Transfers AudioEye, Inc. v. accessiBe Ltd. In December 2020, AudioEye accused accessiBe of infringing 9 patents, as well… [Read More]

fortnight11y issue 57

29 April 2022

GOV.UK fixes a noisy screenreader issue GOV.UK had discovered that in recent versions of screen readers, its contact form was too aggressive in announcing how many characters were remaining. This was despite the existing markup of aria-live=”polite”. I’ve been keeping an eye on the GitHub issue for this, and a fix was merged recently. There… [Read More]

fortnight11y issue 56

08 April 2022

We start with a “resources special”, covering tools, training and libraries that have landed in my inbox recently! Web Accessibility by Google This is a free Udacity course, aimed at giving “advanced” skills to developers over a span of approximately 2 weeks. It covers developing for screen readers, semantic markup, and managing focus, with material… [Read More]

fortnight11y issue 55

25 March 2022

Giving a damn about accessibility A useful resource for advocates, created by accessibility professional Sheri Byrne-Haber in partnership with UX Collective. The handbook (PDF – 13.3 MB) is beautifully illustrated throughout its 49 pages, and covers the different ‘people challenges’ you will face as an accessibility advocate, and how to overcome them: People who are… [Read More]

fortnight11y issue 54

28 February 2022

After a couple of weeks off, your regular installment of frequent11y returns! Why Don’t Developers Take Accessibility Seriously? Melanie Sumner writes an engaging CSS Tricks article, exploring different perspectives on web accessibility in 3 ‘acts’: Melanie laments how the accusatory tone of some accessibility advocates doesn’t help. Developers have a lot to learn in their… [Read More]