Chris Ashton

dai11y 19/04/2021

19 April 2021

Clubhouse, the Shift to Spoken Social Media, and the Voices That Will Be Silenced Lawrence Weru discusses the Clubhouse app and what it is like as a person with a stutter. The invite-only app can gather over 1,000 people together in “rooms” for voice chats, where you can raise a ‘hand’ to ask to speak… [Read More]

week11y issue 71

16 April 2021

Is your CAPTCHA keeping humans out? CAPTCHAs are important for preventing DDoS attacks, as they prevent botnets from accessing processor-intensive parts of websites such as login forms. But they can give false positives, where CAPTCHAs filter out humans, which is particularly bad in the COVID-19 era where it is essential to be able to access… [Read More]

dai11y 16/04/2021

16 April 2021

Apple Music Adds “Saylists” to Help People with Speech-Sound Disorders At the end of March, Apple worked with Warner Music to launch the “Saylists” feature on Apple Music. This feature helps users find songs with lyrics and sounds which can be challenging to vocalise if you have a speech-sound disability/disorder (SSD), as one in 12… [Read More]

dai11y 15/04/2021

15 April 2021

Today’s dai11y is a Steve Faulkner special, as I’ve had two of his blog posts bookmarked for some time! re-upped: placeholder – the piss-take label Steve confirms that use of the placeholder attribute alone, in absence of a label, fails Success Criterion 3.3.2: Labels or Instructions. The problems with placeholder are summarised nicely in one… [Read More]

dai11y 13/04/2021

13 April 2021

Alt text that informs: Meeting the needs of people who are blind or low vision A really interesting article by Microsoft that is not (as I suspected from the headline) your typical “how to write good alt text” article. A recent Microsoft study found that users who rely on alt text want different alt text… [Read More]

dai11y 12/04/2021

12 April 2021

Is your CAPTCHA keeping humans out? CAPTCHAs are important for preventing DDoS attacks, as they prevent botnets from accessing processor-intensive parts of websites such as login forms. But they can give false positives, where CAPTCHAs filter out humans, which is particularly bad in the COVID-19 era where it is essential to be able to access… [Read More]

fortnight11y issue 35

09 April 2021

iPhones can now tell blind users where and how far away people are An article from October 2020, but it taught me something I didn’t know: iOS 14.2 allows you to detect whether there are people in view (using your camera), and how far away they are. iOS will say how far the person is… [Read More]

week11y issue 70

09 April 2021

Automated accessibility testing: Leveraging GitHub Actions and pa11y-ci with axe A blog post describing how to install pa11y-ci to your project and run it automatically with GitHub Actions. pa11y-ci is a Continuous Integration wrapper around pa11y, which is an automated accessibility tool that scans your web pages for issues. You can configure the WCAG standard… [Read More]

dai11y 09/04/2021

09 April 2021

This one is another special two-parter, this time to do with accessible front-end components! A Complete Guide To Accessible Front-End Components A Smashing Magazine article that does a bit too much, in my opinion! It begins with a table of contents, listing common UI components but also media preferences such as dark mode and prefers-reduced-motion…. [Read More]

dai11y 07/04/2021

07 April 2021

Today’s newsletter is a two-article WCAG special: WCAG 2.1 Checklist A checklist by Raghavendra Satish Peri, an accessibility evangelist working for Deque. It lists each guideline for WCAG 2.1 A and AA compliance, along with a summary of each and a “Points to Ponder” section, containing useful tidbits like “Always provide alternative options like audio… [Read More]

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