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Unfortunately, neither #Conversations (Android) nor #Monal or #Siskin (iOS) seem to be accessible. Maybe #Dino (Linux, Windows) is better, because of its integration into #Gnome. And perhaps #Profanity and #Poezio (Linux), because console applications oftenly work well with screen readers.

#A11y #Jabber #XMPP

I don't really know about tools outside of gnome-shell. But your impression is correct; after 2010-2011 (when Oracle bought Sun), work on accessibility pretty much froze in time.

Maybe come hang on on matrix? Someone there may know.

The most screen reader friendly #XMPP client for the web, so far, is Converse. No fully accessible client on iOS yet. #Accessibility #A11y

Dear @thunderbird
Could you please remember captioning your images?
Some instances offer automatic #OCR which can help grab any text in your image, though proofreading is still important. You can also follow @PleaseCaption to be reminded whenever you post an image without captioning it.

Congrats @gnome #Amberol is very #accessible music player! Player controls including volume and skip sliders, playlist view, playlist selection all these features can be used with keyboard alone and screen reader turned on. If GTK issues like inaccessible shortcuts window, role names part of the controls labels will get fixed in the future it would really become fully complete in terms of #a11y.

Maybe this could help FOSS developers make something like this for Linux or Android. This is an article from Apple Machine Learning, on how they made mobile apps accessible with machine learning:

#a11y #apple #ml

Do you use accessibility features like VoiceOver or know someone who does?

We're currently testing out accessibility support, if you have any ideas or suggestions on how to improve accessibility in the app, please let us know! #pixelfed #A11y

There's also a wider question about implementation, because codeberg isn't the only site that needs to implement some form of control mechanism in their sign up to stop them from being overwhelmed by bots signing up.

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

So back in 2020 Codeberg asked for help from the community to help them with #accessibility issues. They need some help in house as the current solution helps them manage the spam that would overwhelm signups, but their moderation team is small. CAPTCHAs aren't very accessible and they would like some help to fix this. #a11y Can anyone help? The linked toot is their request for help.

Likely this will not be an open source thing, but I want to mention this service anyway for those you using #screenreader software and have related #a11y #accessibility needs.

Project Naptha looks to be a service that can generate descriptive texts for any image.

It is discussed on Hacker News now at:

From Twitter: My # Thoughts for the day:
1. Access is a civil right. That's enough of a reason to prioritize it.
2. Digital accessibility is also a wise business decision that requires investment. Access = more customers.
3. Inaccessibility is poor craftsmanship. We can do better.

Here's the thing, the fancy-looking unicode characters almost never create words on their own, especially not those from the web, gemini or IMs, nor the ones for STEM fields.

A rudimentary look ahead "algorithm" can toggle transliteration on and off. We have transliteration mappings in every web CMS that deals with user uploaded files, because they need clean paths for SEO, just take the mappings from Drupal.


cc: @lena @aral @devinprater

So, I had to come back to Windows. Linux seems to have gotten *worse*, not better. Fedora 36: Orca crashed a lot. Even pressing Alt Tab could upset the # stack. Ubuntu: Same thing, but slightly better. Wow. Yeah that's kinda bad. It *could* be my laptop, but I don't see how hardware could affect the a11y stack and nothing else. Ah well. I can say I tried, a lot. # # # #

Plese boost for reach: Why have a single person, or even a team, working on accessibility? In an organization, in a company, in a dev team, in any collective that works on software, media, books, art... Everyone should be focused on accessibility in anything they create for others. If you are, then everyone else has a better time! Maybe someone wants to read a picture, or hear a book, or relax their eyes while doing computer work. It helps *everyone* when everyone is included. #

You know that thing where people make fun of a terrible opinion by writing it in a mixture of upper and lower case? It's probably not a good idea.

Screenreader software used by blind or partially-sighted people interprets capital letters as the beginning of a word.

This means that a phrase written as "FiNe PEopLe oN BoTh siDeS" will sound like gibberish.

If accessibility matters to you, try to avoid doing this.

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A really good forum post showing why developers should just listen to blind people, especially blind developers, and not try to re-invent any wheels. Mudlet accessibility #

You missed the text in the picture: “I want my child to learn about computers. I don't want computers to learn about my child.” # #

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Cartoon shows a production line of children where robot arms take off their head and replace it with 'smart' devices.

This blog post from Fedora Magazine discusses the blind person hired at Redhat to make Linux more accessible, including an interview! #

Idea came to me while eating or something, desktops that respond much more to what inputs are connected. Mouse, screen and keyboard? Normal. Keyboard and screen? Offer to show keyboard commands. Keyboard, screen and headphones? Offer to turn on screen reader. Also have message of the day somewhere that can pop up on like public workstations. #

Dear @thunderbird, is there a list of keyboard shortcuts that can be used to control the chat interface? Particularly, from the viewpoint of #, I'm wondering if there's a way to move to the next or previous chat room/channel with unread messages.

I blogged about text-overflow: ellipsis which can hide important content, especially when the viewport changes:

(And yes, I always wanted to write a “considered harmful” title. And here it is!)

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Fossability is now on IRC! We're at # on! and we're integrated with the Matrix room, so we're all together! # # # #

Someone made an app for blind people to check to see if their face is in the camera view, good for video conferencing. # #

Normalize using Github Pages or some other hosting platform for easily managing courses in stupid learning management platforms that think everything has to be in a database. #

While looking for workarounds to assistive technology needs for work, I found this article about a device that's basically two keyboards with screens attached, connected wired or wirelessly, made for use by Deaf people, and how Deaf people view it.


I blogged about WCAG Resize Text and Reflow. Two success criteria that are related but have actually very little to do with each other.

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If anyone hasn't joined the FossAbility Matrix space yet, you can, and it's got an off-topic room. The link is:

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So, about two weeks ago, Alabama became the second state, next to Indiana I believe, to offer state-wide access to AIRA, a service where blind people can get visual assistance from trained agents with anything from reading mail to reading BIOS screens to seeing if cooking meat is brown and such. So, my question is, in a mostly lighthearted way, why has California, New York, or any of the Northern states gotten this like, years before us? *pokes* huh? Now I just have to remember I have it. #

Do you know of good ways for a # person to learn # playing? Specifically interested in # and #. The # issues with # # make it harder. I have some classical training, just haven't done anything with jazz before. #

# recommendation for # keyboard users: on settings, hotkeys, check the box to use left and right arrow to change focus rather than columns. It's a much more convenient function, since you can use numerals for columns (1-6).

Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day!

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Project ENABLE is a great place to find universal design resources. It is a grant-funded project geared specifically toward accessibility and disabilities in libraries # # # # #

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I'm in communication with a new Mastodonian who is looking for a "Mastodon app that is accessible to the blind" -- I've asked for clarification as to which platform but I think that any information posted might be helpful to *someone*.


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