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Lamenting Twitter’s and WCAG’s potential

Twitter was and is (for now) an integral part of my web presence. Since March 2007 I have tweeted over 72 thousand times. That’s roughly 13 messages a day. I found community and friendship there. And the love of my life. Twitter was (is?) important to me. Seeing it change over …

Accessibility in the Fediverse (and Mastodon)

Many people think about moving or at least establishing a presence in the so-called Fediverse. The Fediverse is (and this is probably a very shortened and incorrect) a collection of distributed web applications that can talk to each other. The most well known software is …

On the Parallel podcast

Thanks to Shelly for inviting me to talk about all things WCAG 2.2 on the Parallel Podcast, Episode 75! It was a wonderful conversation, and we walked through all the individual changed and new success criteria. Note: RelayFM. Parallel’s podcast network, supports St. Jude …

On the Working Draft podcast

Thanks to Christian, Hans, and Vanessa for having me on the German language Working Draft Podcast Episode 540! We talked about all things accessibility, including the German WCAG 2.1 translation, that we at outline carried out with support from Tomas Caspers and Aktion Mensch. …

Welcome to the dark side

The previous incarnation of this website had a dark theme option, but when I did the redesign a year or so ago I did not get around to implementing it. I’m of course aware that a dark option is an important accessibility feature for many people, especially as I’m using dark …

Set JAWS free!

JAWS, Job Access With Speech, is the world’s most popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. Freedom Scientific A tweet from my friend Nicolas Steenhout reminded me of one issue I …

Text-overflow: ellipsis considered harmful

This post is basically a short addendum to my article about text resize and reflow. I stumbled over some instances of text-overflow: ellipsis the other day and it broke resize and/or reflow. The whole reason text-overflow exists is to specify the behavior of text once it flows …

WCAG SC 1.4.4 Resize Text & 1.4.10 Reflow

There seems to be a confusion about the relationship and how to test for the WCAG 2.1 Success Criteria 1.4.4 Resize Text and 1.4.10 Reflow. While these two success criteria seem related, they cover different use cases. 1.4.4 Resize Text This success criterion that was introduced …

I want to ride my bicycle

Last week, I received a big box with something that I hoped to buy for a long time. As you might have guessed from the title of the blog post, it was a bike. Now, I’m not the most active person, especially through the last two-and-a-bit years of pandemic life, so a regular bike …

May 2022 Speaking Gigs

I’ll be holding three talks and workshops remotely in May. Diversity in May (Mangfold i mai) – ARIA Live Regions and User Preferences For NAV, the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration, I’ll be holding two sessions for their “Diversity in May” series of events. Workshop: …

Thank you, Knowbility.

After almost, but not quite, six years, I had my final day with Knowbility last week. The time working with them was great. I’m going to miss working with the many great minds over there. Knowbility picked up and supported my W3C/WAI work when EU funding dried up in 2016 with …

There is no character limit for “alt text”

When you search for alternative text length on the internet, there seems to be a pretty common understanding that “some screen readers” truncate alternative text[^ Note that many people use the phrase “alt text”, because the “traditional” way to use alternative text is through …

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