Chris Ashton

dai11y 28/08/2020

28 August 2020

Is Twitter Trolling Us? Why Voice Tweets Are Already Problematic A few weeks ago, Twitter introduced a new feature to a limited group of test users: the ability to tweet audio memos instead of text. It quickly received a backlash from the deaf community, who complained that these tweets have no caption support. The feature… [Read More]

dai11y 27/08/2020

27 August 2020

a11y is web accessibility Eric Bailey provides a comprehensive summary of why the term ‘a11y’ is useful, to address the common ironic adage “the term ‘a11y’ is itself inaccessible”. It is easier to type and to say, it allows more room for content inside tweets, and, crucially, it is more specific than ‘accessibility’ as it… [Read More]

dai11y 26/08/2020

26 August 2020

Amazon Expands Accessibility Features With New Text Banner for Fire TV Amazon has launched ‘Text Banner’, aimed at assisting users who struggle to read the onscreen text. This text banner appears in a fixed location on the screen and works across the Fire TV UI, but also Prime Video and other applications on your Amazon… [Read More]

dai11y 25/08/2020

25 August 2020

New TfL app to help Londoners travel safely round capital The TfL Go app for iPhone (with an Android version landing this autumn) shows real-time train times for the London Underground, with information aimed to enable travel at quieter times to help customers maintain social distancing. It includes ‘step-free mode’ which shows all the stations… [Read More]

week11y issue 39

24 August 2020

Here’s your delayed weekly a11y roundup. It’s a short one this week, as I’ve been on holiday for the last 10 days. Normal service shall be resumed next week! Equal Entry Website Called Out as Inaccessible A bit of a clickbaity headline, describing how Equal Entry responded to a complaint that one of their web… [Read More]

dai11y 24/08/2020

24 August 2020

What’s New in WCAG 2.2 Another excellent Adrian Roselli round-up, detailing the latest WCAG v2 proposal (deadline for comments by 18th September). There are 4 new Level A success criteria: 2.4.13 Fixed Reference Points, 3.2.6 Findable Help, 3.3.7 Accessible Authentication, 3.3.8 Redundant Entry, and existing criterion 2.4.7 Focus Visible has been ‘promoted’ from level AA… [Read More]

dai11y 18/08/2020

18 August 2020

Why Deaf People Oppose Using Gene Editing to “Cure” Deafness Article suggesting that people who are deaf view themselves through the social model, rather than medical model, where societal barriers are the source of disability. It argues that an inaccessible society causes more harm than being deaf itself, and that there can be biological advantages… [Read More]

dai11y 17/08/2020

17 August 2020

Equal Entry Website Called Out as Inaccessible A bit of a clickbaity headline, describing how Equal Entry responded to a complaint that one of their web pages had 2 accessibility errors, which was the result of an automated tool and turned out to be all false positives. For example, one of the errors was that… [Read More]

fortnight11y issue 19

10 August 2020

How Alexa has change the life of a disabled person Colin Hughes describes how his muscular dystrophy can make it difficult to use remote controls. He now uses Alexa to control thermostats, lights and blinds with his voice. Taking inspiration from a video showing how a garage door can be opened/closed with a cheap wireless… [Read More]

week11y issue 38

10 August 2020

Making accessible to as many people as possible A Facebook Engineering article describing how the site redesign in React provided opportunities to improve accessibility. Using React Context, heading levels automatically increase as they are nested (i.e. <Heading /><section><Heading /></section> automatically creates a h1 followed by a h2). They use the same mechanism for contextual… [Read More]