Chris Ashton

month11y issue 31

12 August 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 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]

week11y issue 124

12 August 2022

This week is a ‘social media special’, where I cover recent social media stories centered around accessibility. Misuse of Twitter’s Alt Text Feature Draws Criticism From Accessibility Advocates Since 2016, when Twitter first made it possible to write alt text, the text was only really retrievable by screen reader users. The result was that only… [Read More]

dai11y 12/08/2022

12 August 2022

This Toronto TikToker has gained a big following by reviewing restaurants. But her focus is on more than the food Taylor Lindsay-Noel has over 17,000 followers and half a million views on her videos on TikTok. She reviews restaurants, but with a focus on the accessibility of the venue. Taylor is quadriplegic and uses a… [Read More]

dai11y 11/08/2022

11 August 2022

NASA’s alt text This tweet from NASA’s official Twitter account has been heralded as a great example of alt text. According to an article I covered earlier: “Accessibility advocates were delighted. NASA’s alt text was thoughtful and evocative, but most important did its job of capturing an image fully with words to make it accessible… [Read More]

dai11y 09/08/2022

09 August 2022

TikTok’s new captions and translation features are all about accessibility This Digital Trends article covers a TikTok announcement about new accessibility tools coming to the social media platform. It is currently on a gradual roll-out and is only available on select videos. Viewers will now have the option to turn on auto-generated captions for videos… [Read More]

dai11y 08/08/2022

08 August 2022

Good morning! This week I’ll be covering recent social media stories centered around accessibility, starting with… Misuse of Twitter’s Alt Text Feature Draws Criticism From Accessibility Advocates Since 2016, when Twitter first made it possible to write alt text, the text was only really retrievable by screen reader users. The result was that only a… [Read More]

week11y issue 123

05 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]

dai11y 05/08/2022

05 August 2022

The Guide To Windows High Contrast Mode In this Smashing Magazine article, Cristian Díaz covers everything you need to know about this accessibility setting, which we’ll abbreviate as WHCM below. This is a Windows feature that users can enable to replace the colours on websites and applications, in order to increase readability and reduce noise…. [Read More]

dai11y 03/08/2022

03 August 2022

How to get the best out of Accessibility features in Windows 11 This is a useful overview of native accessibility features in Windows 11. I think it’s useful to occasionally remind ourselves what is available and think about how we should build our sites and apps to not get in the way of such features…. [Read More]

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