Chris Ashton

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]

fortnight11y issue 53

28 January 2022

Five 2022 accessibility trends A UX Collective article outlining predicted trends for 2022: The web will become more accessible – particularly the websites of larger companies. The SOAR report found that 62% of the Alexa 100 websites were accessible to screen readers, up from 40% in 2020. The WebAIM Million project found a very slight… [Read More]

fortnight11y issue 52

14 January 2022

Happy New Year! 🎉 New year, new look: you may have noticed the format for this fortnight’s issue is different. I’ve separated each article by heading, and done away with the bulletpoint list format. The old format never felt quite right, and made things like code examples difficult to add, but it did help keep… [Read More]

fortnight11y issue 51

17 December 2021

The endless search for “here” in the unhelpful “click here” button Eric Bailey articulates all the reasons why you should stop using links and buttons with the text value “here” or “click here”. This is such a common mistake across the web and is a habit we need to break out of. Compare the following… [Read More]

fortnight11y issue 50

03 December 2021

At long last, we’ve hit the 50 issue milestone (or, if you count all the dai11y, week11y, fortnight11y and month11y newsletters together, over 600!). I’ve been publishing fortnight11y newsletters for over two years now, with the first issue published in November 2019. I didn’t honestly know if I’d be able to keep it up, especially… [Read More]