Chris Ashton

week11y issue 95

22 October 2021

Myths about Web Accessibility This got shared around the work chat recently. A blog post by Álvaro Montoro that busts 10 myths about accessibility: Accessibility is difficult – “Accessibility is not difficult. Do you know what’s difficult? Running at an Olympic level. A Web Developer can learn at least the basics of Web Accessibility within… [Read More]

week11y issue 94

15 October 2021

Twitter thread about “presentational list heuristics” by James Craig. The whole thing is worth a read, but here are the highlights: There used to be a problem with too many lists for assistive tech users: “all I hear when reading news sites is ‘list, two items … end of list, list 4 items…’ and I… [Read More]

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]

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]

week11y issue 91

24 September 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 90

17 September 2021

This frequent11y issue is 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]

week11y issue 89

10 September 2021

Hello! After a week off work, your weekly frequent11y newsletter returns… How to use the Accessibility Checker in Microsoft Office Perhaps obvious if you know how, but as someone who has used Office tools a fair bit over the years, I don’t think I’d ever known about the Accessibility Checker! To use in Microsoft Word,… [Read More]

week11y issue 88

27 August 2021

‘May be an image’: What it’s like browsing Instagram while blind Kait Sanchez writes about the experience of screen reader users on social media. The auto generated alt text for photos on Instagram and other sites is often poor: “two brown cats lying on a textured surface” turned out to be a woman in a… [Read More]

week11y issue 87

20 August 2021

A Deep Dive on Skipping to Content Paul Ratcliffe describes a “2021-friendly” implementation of a skip link. It looks something like this (note that the text is hidden visually until it is focused – I’ve omitted this from the code below): <a href=”#skip-link-target”>Skip to main content</a> <a href=”#skip-link-target” id=”skip-link-target”>Start of main content</a><main>the content</main> Paul points… [Read More]

week11y issue 86

13 August 2021

Tech platform devises new system to simplify process of booking rail travel for disabled travellers Whoosh Media have created a system, “The Real-Time Journey Dashboard”, that allows you to scan QR codes on your train seat, to view information such as location of toilets on the train, as well as a live dashboard demonstrating journey… [Read More]