Items tagged with: Accessible
While the official Mastodon client is making some progress, with limited Actions Rotor support now implemented, I think for now at least there are better options.
Metatext is now under active development again, it’s quite Twitterrific-like so it will help those coming over from Twitter. Excellent Actions Rotor support, multiple accounts. If there’s a downside, it is #VoiceOver focus problems. Composing or loading more toots can cause you to lose your place. Hopefully this can be fixed.
Toot! is not free, and it may be considered a bit more geeky. Again, the Actions Rotor is well-implemented, but you have to do a bit more hunting for some options. What’s outstanding about Toot! is the good support for administrative functions if you’re an admin or moderator, and the way you can connect to the public timelines of as many instances as you want without having an account on that instance. No VO focus issues, but you don’t hear if a toot has replies or how many time’s it’s been boosted as you do in Metatext. I like the way you can hear current poll results right from the timeline even without voting. As I become more confident with Mastodon, I am gravitating more to Toot! Again, after a break, this is under active development.
In Mercury, you can customise the order of items on the Actions Rotor. But it hasn’t seen any love for over a year, so newer features aren’t supported, and like Toot! you don’t hear if there are any replies to a toot you are reading.
My recommendation? Despite the yucky focus issues which hopefully can be addressed, I think Metatext will suit most people. If you don’t mind geeking out a bit more, if you like to browse local timelines or do some admin things, give Toot! a look, and let’s hope we can get at least verbalisation of whether a toot has replies.
Wonderful that we have these accessible choices here.
Question for those who use it... any way of viewing keyboard shortcuts for this sight? Also, is there a way to quickly move to the field where you compose a toot?
Thanks so much.
“… one aim is to make our data journalism more #Accessible for vision-impaired people.”
#Accessibility / #A11Y
You know the button to add image descriptions on the web?
It's not really #accessible if you use #JAWS as #ScreenReader.
I have to tell JAWS to simulate a mouse click at a certain spot, which works, but isn't what I'd call intuitive - simulating a mouse is advanced screen reader usage. #a11y #windows #mastodon #WebClient
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An often overlooked factor of #SocialMedia usage is that many #disabled users rely on third party applications, and hence a feature-rich #API that lets those apps thrive. This allows people to participate in the ways that are most accessible to them.
It's also why many #blind #ScreenReader users, for example, are migrating to #Mastodon, rather than #Facebook, #Instagram and similar. The capacity for extension simply doesn't exist on those platforms, and any third party developer support that is present is often hostile and subject to being tightened at any moment.
I'd like to highlight that screen reader users vary widely in their consumption habits and preferences, and my views are nothing but personal predilections. Regardless of the approach you take, you are expressing an interest in making your content as #accessible and #readable as possible to an audience who experience the world differently to how you do. This is heartening and refreshing to many Mastodon newcomers, and extremely appreciated.
Accessibility is not a binary state, and you are not doing it "wrong" if you put your hashtags inline, or at the end, or both! There are many more impactful aspects to #SocialMedia #equity, like #ImageDescriptions (also known as #AltText), which are in abundance on Mastodon and a joy to read.
#a11y #inclusion #InclusiveDesign #ScreenReaders
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For many use cases, there are alternative approaches legitimately better suited to how people actually operate their devices, across various assistive technologies and input methods. For instance, dropdowns with type-ahead, offering more of an opportunity to browse before committing, rather than constantly navigating back and forth across drop zones which could be far apart.
The article highlights challenges in finding a preexisting holistic system, without delving into the possible reasons for that being the case until now. User feedback is also not a panacea; are you asking someone to evaluate whether they can use a thing? Or whether that thing is a good idea, and/or if a better thing could theoretically exist?
Do any of you know something like a digital notepad/whiteboard combination that works kind of like etherpad where I can share a URL and that is fully #accessible ?
Maybe you know other tools that might be helpful?
#FediLZ #informatik #education
Our projects are small and often just 1 to a couple of folk. We all have our small fields of expertise and energy levels. How do we help each other to fix this?
How do we ensure that sites are #accessible for everyone? How easy are they to install and support? #a11y
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