Chris Ashton

dai11y 28/10/2020

28 October 2020

frequent11y is 1 year old today! 🎉 Since the first issue of dai11y on 28th October 2019, I’ve published 211 posts covering design, technology, science and ethics in the world of accessibility. I’ve been really enjoying reading so many articles and sharing them with you, and I’ve really appreciated the nice comments and encouragement from… [Read More]

dai11y 27/10/2020

27 October 2020

Google Slides – Present slides with captions When you present Google Slides, you can turn on automatic captions to display your words in real time as you speak them (this only works with Chrome devices set to U.S. English). After you click “Present”, click the “CC” button or use CTRL + SHIFT + C (use… [Read More]

month11y issue 12

26 October 2020

Here’s your frequent11y newsletter for the month of October, brought to you by @ChrisBAshton: How do the new iOS 14 accessibility features stack up? Deque reviews the new a11y features in iOS 14. It supports widgets on the home screen, e.g. for at-a-glance weather reports, which makes it easier for everybody to find out pertinent… [Read More]

fortnight11y issue 24

26 October 2020

How studying fruit flies might help us prevent age-related hearing loss in humans Fruit flies are prone to age-related hearing loss – just like humans, whose molecular pathways of hearing are very similar – maintaining their sensitive hearing for about 85% of their 58 day lives. The article goes into more scientific detail than I’m… [Read More]

week11y issue 48

26 October 2020

Renting while disabled: ‘Being in a wheelchair means I pay double the rent’ 93% of the UK’s 8.5 million rental properties are inaccessible. It’s up to local authorities to set and enforce accessibility targets, but just 5% are requiring developers to construct wheelchair-suitable housing. Finding an accessible home is difficult as property websites lack accessibility… [Read More]

dai11y 26/10/2020

26 October 2020

Cursor Pro Mouse Highlighter This popped up in my inbox and it looks like a useful tool for people with mild/moderate visual impairments. Through a global toggle in your Mac’s native menu bar, it can be turned on to provide a highlight ‘orb’ around your cursor so that it is easier to keep track of,… [Read More]

dai11y 23/10/2020

23 October 2020

The most useful accessibility testing tools and techniques Artem Sapegin describes how he tests a11y as a frontend developer. FastPass mode in the Accessibility Insights browser extension highlights the two most common issues to fix. He also uses axe. For contrast checking, he uses Chrome DevTools’ built-in contrast checker and Spectrum. He manually tests navigating… [Read More]

dai11y 22/10/2020

22 October 2020

The new normal — its something of a strain David Banes writes some tips on looking after your eyes now that many of us work from home and don’t have an office-like environment to work in. Some are obvious but need stating: take eye breaks, limit screen time where possible, remember to blink, etc. Try… [Read More]

dai11y 21/10/2020

21 October 2020

Alternative Text for CSS Generated Content An Adrian Roselli post about the new “CSS generated content alternative text” syntax, which allows you to specify alt text for CSS background images. For example: .new::before { content: url(“./star.png”) / “New!”; }. Browser support is very patchy and this should not be relied on yet, but it is… [Read More]

dai11y 20/10/2020

20 October 2020

Your daily frequent11y newsletter, brought to you by @ChrisBAshton. This is a longer summary than usual but I wanted to do the article justice. Renting while disabled: ‘Being in a wheelchair means I pay double the rent’ 93% of the UK’s 8.5 million rental properties are inaccessible. It’s up to local authorities to set and… [Read More]