Mainstream media is fundamentally incapable of talking coherently about open world systems like the Fediverse because they can't wrap their head around something that doesn't have a cohesive hierarchical structure and one or a few formally recognized leaders.
Our dominant cultural mythology doesn't permit people to understand that something can be just a tool that different people use for different purposes, to different effects.
If the web were invented a few years ago, today they'd be putting Tim Berners-Lee in Fortune and asking him how he planned to get rid of misinformation, as if that was a meaningful question to ask.
long post on accessibility advice from a blind screen reader user
OK #Mastodon. I've seen several toots on #accessibility for #screenreader users, however, I've not seen one from a screenreader user (as far as I know). I've used ZoomText, Outspoken, JAWS (AKA JFW), Supernova, NVDA (Windows), and VoiceOver (both on Macs and iPhone). I don't have experience with Windows Narrator or TalkBack. I would like to rectify and clarify a few small things.
First off, any awareness of accessibility issues, and endeavours to make things more accessible is great. Keep going!
Blind/low-vision people have been using the internet as long as everyone else. We had to become used to the way people share things, and find workarounds or tell developers what we needed; this latter one has been the main drive to get us here and now. Over the past decade, screen readers have improved dramatically, including more tools, languages, and customisability. However, the basics were already firmly in place around 2000. Sadly, screen readers cost a lot of money at that time. Now, many are free; truly the biggest triumph for accessibility IMHO.
So, what you can do to help screen readers help their users is three simple things.
1. Write well: use punctuation, and avoid things like random capitalisation or * halfway through words.
2. Image description: screen readers with image recognition built-in will only provide a very short description, like: a plant, a painting, a person wearing a hat, etc. It can also deal with text included in the image, as long as the text isn't too creatively presented. So, by all means, go absolutely nuts with detail.
3. Hashtags: this is the most commonly boosted topic I've seen here, so #ThisIsWhatAnAccessibleHashtagLooksLike. The capitalisation ensures it's read correctly, and for some long hashtags without caps, I've known screen readers to give up and just start spelling the whole damn thing out, which is slow and painful.
That's really all. Thanks for reading! 😘
* making any statement about intelligence. it's not real. it's made up. any terminology indicating negative intelligence is eugenicist and ableist. and any terminology indicating positive intelligence is still - ableist and eugenicist.
* using words which refer to physical disability as anything other than descriptors. like, this one's obvious, right? something being bad is unrelated to the ability to walk, for an example of one I still hear often.
If you want to insult someone, criticize them based on their actual merits (such as pointing out harmful behavior they're engaged in) instead of some arbitrary, ableist statement about intellectual ability. If you want to say something isn't cool, guess what? There are words for that!
And like. I'm not perfect here. I've been on a quest to purge ableism from my vocabulary since I got to Fedi more than three years ago, and I still slip up from time to time. But please try. Good thoughts engender good words engender good deeds.
This is cool. Examples of typesetting Lisp throughout the years. http://kazimirmajorinc.com/Documents/Lisp-code-typography/index.html
@haskal I'm realizing i just fully wrote a
while true that's spawning TCP connections every iteration. So I guess I deserved this one.
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