Any or folks out there have any thoughts on Able Player (ableplayer.github.io/ableplaye)?

Considering making it a requirement for my students' video submissions next quarter and I am curious if it offers any advantages over a properly captioned and described YouTube video.

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Hey corporate #Accessibility people, try to remember that humans are building these apps and this service you use daily over here on the Fediverse. I understand your frustrations, I really get it. Try to pretend like you care about #Accessibility for the sake of the user, and not to boost your own brand. I and countless others have been here far longer than you and did work. Understand what the developer has done, and take a moment to listen rather than waving your certificates.

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The founder of Post said today that the company is explicitly *not* focused on accessibility. Disappointing to read something like this in 2022
#tech #technology #Disability #twitter #postnews #twittermigration

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I've launched a #Mastodon instance focused on #AudioDescription. This is a space where professionals and fans can come together to learn, advocate, and work together towards the goal of quality AD in all environs. The server is bare-bones right now, so your patience is requested as we build things out. You can also make an impact by boosting this news across your networks. To join, head over to adforward.org/auth/sign_up
#blind #a11y #LowVision

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This article on what the author calls the "antiviral" design of Mastodon is a good explanation of why Mastodon feels different from Twitter, and why, if you're looking for a 1:1 Twitter replacement, Mastodon might not be what you're looking for.

uxdesign.cc/mastodon-is-antivi

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I've seen a number of posts go by asking about screenreaders and Mastodon compatibility. If looking for a screenreader's guide to Mastodon, this post by @ChangelingMx may be of interest: starshipchangeling.net/changel #DisabledCommunity #screenreader #FediTips #disability

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If you are interested in improving the #accessibility of Mastodon, take a look at the issue queue github.com/mastodon/mastodon/i+

If there are issues you've found that aren't there, are they part of the instance of Mastodon that you are using, or part of the core open source project? Custom themes can get in the way.

Posting #a11y bugs is important in moving ahead any open source project.

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Did you know that if you capitalize each word in a multi-word hashtag, #ScreenReaders can read them as words, but if you leave them lowercase, they can't? Well, now you know! So, for #accessibility, please capitalize words when there's more than one in a hashtag.

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Btw, if you've not spent much time exploring open source software before and are trying to work out how this works, strong recommendation for Nadia Eghbal's Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software, which explains really well the model of a few people volunteering to maintain infrastructure used by pretty much everyone press.stripe.com/working-in-pu

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anxiety, content warnings, social media 

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This review of Mastodon iPhone clients is great, but four years old now. Anyone know of any similar reviews that might be more recent?

firewally.net/post/mastodon-cl

This review of Mastodon iPhone clients is great, but four years old now. Anyone know of any similar reviews that might be more recent?

firewally.net/post/mastodon-cl

Interesting. So because I edited the first post, an empty alt attribute was added to the image which breaks the highlighting rule in CSS.

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Here is a quick test. If you are browsing Mastodon from the a11y.social instance you should see a red border around the image attached to this post. If you are on a different instance, tell your admin to add the CSS linked in my previous toot!

Alt text (intentionally excluded from image): a German Shepherd asleep on a couch with a tennis ball in its mouth.

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Anyway, taking inspiration from those discussions I've injected some CSS (gist.github.com/FiXato/3de505b) to a11y.social that surrounds images with a dotted red border if they DO NOT have alt text.

As a sighted user, I found Twitter's ALT button useful for deciding whether or not to offer up a description in a reply.

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More recently...there is an on going discussion over whether or not to introduce Twitter's ALT button overlay to Mastodon.

github.com/mastodon/mastodon/i

One of the commenters linked to their own evaluation of the ALT feature on Twitter:

adrianroselli.com/2022/04/keyb

A good read.

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Adding alt text on Mastodon has been around roughly as long as Twitter. It took about 10 months to roll out between 2016 and 2017. What I love about the issue discussion is that once the matter was raised, nobody argued against it.

github.com/mastodon/mastodon/i

One of the joys of open source software is that the user gets to participate in and have a window into the development process.

Also worth mentioning. I run this instance mostly to evaluate accessibility of the various federated social platforms. Happy to have newcomers signing up though! I don't intend on shutting down, but if I ever do, I will notify and create a migration path for everyone on this instance.

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A Mastodon community for all with a focus on accessibility, assistive technology, and the interests of the broader disability community.