Chris Ashton

week11y issue 93

08 October 2021

Surface Adaptive Kit makes Microsoft’s laptops more accessible Microsoft is creating a “Surface Adaptive Kit” for its range of laptops/tablets, to better accommodate people with disabilities. The kit includes “keycap labels, bump labels, port indicators and device openers”. For example, a device opener includes a pull tab and ring, to make it easier to open… [Read More]

dai11y 08/10/2021

08 October 2021

Surface Adaptive Kit makes Microsoft’s laptops more accessible Microsoft is creating a “Surface Adaptive Kit” for its range of laptops/tablets, to better accommodate people with disabilities. The kit includes “keycap labels, bump labels, port indicators and device openers”. For example, a device opener includes a pull tab and ring, to make it easier to open… [Read More]

dai11y 07/10/2021

07 October 2021

This Brazilian pianist uses ‘bionic gloves’ to play Pianist João Carlos Martins lost the use of his right hand in a mugging in Bulgaria in 1995. Industrial designer Ubiratan Bizarro invented the “Bionic Extender Gloves”, which have rods that make the fingers spring back up after they depress the piano keys, allowing the pianist to… [Read More]

dai11y 06/10/2021

06 October 2021

Does WAI-ARIA even work with WebXR? As someone who has recently bought an Oculus Quest 2, this is really exciting technology that has come a long way in a very short time. It’s crucial that we address accessibility needs as this technology matures. Thomas Logan writes about his experiment with ARIA and Web XR (“Web… [Read More]

dai11y 05/10/2021

05 October 2021

10 Video Games That Have Great Accessibility Options There are some really interesting accessibility options in the games in this article: Uncharted and The Last Of Us Part II are famously accessible, and are called out here. A Blind Legend is a game that “can be played entirely through sound and only asks for touch… [Read More]

dai11y 04/10/2021

04 October 2021

Tips for Making HTML Lists Accessible This article is a quick reminder on HTML list markup. First of all, decide whether you actually need a list; sometimes it is better to format your content as paragraphs with headings instead. This way, assistive technology users can easily skip to the heading that they want to read…. [Read More]

month11y issue 23

01 October 2021

We start off with a Twitter special! I’ve already recently written about how Twitter’s new design has been giving users headaches. But there have been a flurry of other articles about Twitter, so I thought I’d round them up for you. What’s Really Wrong With the New Twitter Font An interview with Frederick Brennan, who… [Read More]

fortnight11y issue 46

01 October 2021

Don’t Believe the Type! (video, 50m) I discovered this axe-con 2021 video via Richard Morton’s tweet. I thought it would be good to follow-up on the piece I wrote about the Hyperlegible font. The presentation, by Gareth Ford Williams, David Bailey and Bruno Maag, talks through the data they’ve gathered from around 7,000 hours of… [Read More]

week11y issue 92

01 October 2021

Axe-core vs PA11Y: Which one should you choose? GitLab now offers Pa11y as part of its CI pipeline, with no configuration needed. Craig Abbott compares it to axe-core, which is used by Deque for its acceptance tests. Out of 142 issues tested: axe-core found 39 issues in total, or 27%. 36 were violations and 3… [Read More]

dai11y 01/10/2021

01 October 2021

Improving The Accessibility Of Your Markdown Another excellent Smashing Magazine article by Eric Bailey. Despite the title, there aren’t many Markdown-specific accessibility tips here, but it is packed with information and I challenge you not to learn something new from it! Markdown is a text to HTML conversion language, created in 2004. It has no… [Read More]

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