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.

#FediTips #Accessibility #A11y

@@feditips ... okey, but isn't it the whole point to visualize that gibberish?

Follow

@MinameH @feditips It's easy enough to think that as a sighted individual where we have the ability to see what is said. But doing it, rejects people that can't see, or that otherwise use screen readers because they have struggles reading, from being able to know what is said, which one might be able to know if it's something simple, but too much, it overloads.

We have the option to see and hear. Not everyone has the ability to do both, so only letting a person see what's actually said through one of those methods.. it takes away that ability for people who can't use both methods of taking in what is written.

@jase @feditips so to not reject blind people, we shouldn't make such joke anymore? Kind of... feels not 100 % right

@MinameH @feditips you know, there's other ways around. Like italics if the social networks you're on supports markdown.

But yes, because of screen readers, let's not make things inaccessible for them.

Using capitalised letters in ways it messes up how a screen reader reads what is written.

Using excessive emojis because for 5 yellow heart emojis, it'll say "yellow heart" five damn times.

Using non ASCII custom fonts from places like igfonts.io, because while translators are able to understand what is said, screen readers do not, and will either completely ignore them or spit out the random garbage that creates the font characters.

And generally too, don't be one that reacts to someone like they have no brain for not being able to understand the tone of a message, because that's ableist af.

Be accessible. Or just say you don't care and are ableist.

@jase @feditips why not implement settings option/browser addon whatever to e.g. convert upper letter to lower or remove multiple smilies? Shouldn't be that difficult to implement

@MinameH @feditips Converting uppercase to lower case just creates a whole different issue. If one is PlacingWordsTogether like in the name of something like let's say my favourite TV show MiraculousLadybug, converting that just then confuses screen readers thinking it's one word.

And then multi word hashtags, where this obviously is mostly going to be done, doing an exclusion for hashtags wouldn't really make sense, because people still do these things in hashtags too.

And in regards to emojis, and the custom fonts issue, this at the end of the day is on screen readers for not being caught up to date with today's internet.

A screen reader could so easily say "5 yellow hearts" instead of saying "yellow heart" five times. And this actually also is a translator issue too when using the text to speech option.

And a screen reader shouldn't have any excuse to not understand custom fonts when translators manage perfectly fine.

In regards to having some sort of browser plug-in, good option, but that puts it all on the user who has this need instead of us being more inclusive for them.

Not everyone uses desktop browsers.

It's along the lines that someone I interacted with a few weeks back, that whinged at someone complaining about a transphobic advert on YouTube.. oh just use an ad blocker.

Not everyone again uses a desktop browser to watch YouTube, or has the ability to use a ad blocking method on their phones because not everyone has Android or a jailbroken iOS device, and with Vanced being no more, other apps around that are privacy orientated.. great for some, but super damn limiting.

And at the end of the day, we shouldn't have to be subjected to hate speech bombarded in our faces while we're settling down maybe to relieve some stress watching our favourite content.

And same goes with all this regarding being accessible to disabled folks. Yes tools should be more readily available and all to make things more accessible, and these tools that are available should be doing better.

But that doesn't mean we shouldn't make adjustments to try and be as inclusive as we can for others because hey it's not our problem.

It is our problem that the very problem exists that neurotypical/abled society cannot be arsed to make compromises to be more accessible and inclusive to others that have struggles we don't have... But could.. could some day have and we'd soon be realising how important it is for others to do more to let us have equal opportunity despite of our disabilities.

@MinameH @jase @feditips we can make jokes about terrible opinions without excluding blind people from being able to hear the joke
it's not *making jokes* that's the problem, it's making jokes with a "sighteds only" barrier on them

Sign in to participate in the conversation
Republic of Queerland

You are now entering the Republic of Queerland, home to Howly City and the quaint island town of Wolfville. Please travel safely.