Chris Ashton

dai11y 05/08/2021

05 August 2021

From A Colourblind Designer To The World: Please Stop Using Red And Green Together A designer with deuteranopia – red/green colourblindness – writes about how the use of green and red in web design is problematic. Namely: Using colour to indicate validation status in forms. Adding other visual indicators such as icons would help to… [Read More]

dai11y 03/08/2021

03 August 2021

The accessibility stalemate Chris Heilmann talks about how the accessibility community holds back the accessibility movement by setting the pedestal too high. There are plenty of great talks about accessibility, but, apparently, many speakers don’t release their slides afterwards. Why? Because people “call out any accessibility problems with the materials”. If the content isn’t 100%… [Read More]

dai11y 02/08/2021

02 August 2021

Your Image Is Probably Not Decorative Eric Bailey explains why most images nowadays need some form of alternative text. You can ‘nullify’ images – removing them from the screen reader experience – by adding an empty alt text, i.e. <img alt=”” …>. This should only be used when the image doesn’t convey information that is… [Read More]

month11y issue 21

23 July 2021

What Happens When a Blind Person Test Drives VoiceOver Recognition? An article by Rhea Althea Guntalilib, describing her experience of using the new “VoiceOver Recognition” features of iOS 14. It is a collection of tools including “Screen Recognition” (which I’ll talk about below), “Text Recognition” (which detects text found in images) and “Image Descriptions” (which… [Read More]

fortnight11y issue 42

23 July 2021

Coursera accessibility courses A recommendation by my colleague Stephanie Hill: “Top Web Accessibility Courses” by Coursera. Some interesting ones highlighted below. Design: An Introduction to Accessibility and Inclusive Design Web Design for Everybody Capstone Foundations of User Experience (UX) Design Basics of Inclusive Design for Online Education Testing: Test Accessibility of your Design with A11ygator… [Read More]

week11y issue 84

23 July 2021

Experimental Brain Implant Lets Man With Paralysis Turn His Thoughts Into Words A fascinating article describing how a paralysed man has had a device implanted into his brain, which decodes signals in the brain that once controlled his vocal tract. After several months of training, the system has a vocabulary of 50 words and the… [Read More]

dai11y 23/07/2021

23 July 2021

Accessible Overflow A fascinating insight into browser behaviour by Marcus Herrmann. When navigating ‘overflow’ content, i.e. text that doesn’t fit inside its container, this requires us to scroll through the content. Many of us would simply use the mouse wheel to scroll within those containers, but how about users who navigate by keyboard? Keyboard users… [Read More]

dai11y 21/07/2021

21 July 2021

Will Accessibility Become Increasingly Important for SEO? A deque blog post, with no clear answer – but an interesting topic nonetheless. Google has for years made mobile usability and speed a factor in SEO – Search Engine Optimisation – meaning that they favour websites which work well on mobile and load fast, and in turn,… [Read More]

dai11y 20/07/2021

20 July 2021

Microsoft: Accessibility is a focus in Windows 11 Windows 11, announced at the end of June, is being designed “with accessibility in mind”. The OS will include dark, light and customisable themes, and the improved Closed Captions will be more customisable too. Microsoft have rebranded the old “Ease of Access” setting to the more idiomatic… [Read More]

dai11y 19/07/2021

19 July 2021

Experimental Brain Implant Lets Man With Paralysis Turn His Thoughts Into Words A fascinating article describing how a paralysed man has had a device implanted into his brain, which decodes signals in the brain that once controlled his vocal tract. After several months of training, the system has a vocabulary of 50 words and the… [Read More]

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