Last week, I got my set of AirPods Pro. And after using them for a few days in
various situations, can say: Best active noise cancelling headphones I’ve ever
Apple released AirPods Pro earlier this autumn, and I was very curious to get my
hands on them. I have always been a fan of the AirPods, even though the first
generation still had quite some lag with VoiceOver. But I was totally sold on
Apple’s wireless future from early on. Unlike many other blind users, I was
never sad to see the 3Over the weekend, this post by Dave Rupert
[https://daverupert.com/2019/12/why-details-is-not-an-accordion/] made the
rounds, and I totally agree with what he is saying.
In his post, Dave showcases a problem with the gap between intent and developer
assumption about what a certain element or set of elements, are intended or
should be used for, and what not to be used for. In this case, the details and
summary elements being used as accordions, or not.
If you are running his example with FirefoToday, we passed the two thirds mark of this crazy project
[https://marcozehe.de/2019/11/22/my-extended-advent-calendar/]. It is Sunday,
December 15, the third advent. Time to reflect a bit on the number 15, which
takes a bit of a special place in my life.
I was born on April 15, 1973. The checksum of 15 is 6, which is the product of
the very first two prime numbers, 2 and 3. 15 itself is the product of the first
odd prime numbers, 3 and 5. The checksum of my full birthday is 30, which is the
pFirefox 72, currently in beta, received some fixes to the Accessibility
week. Here they are.
The first fix is to a longer standing issue. If you opened Accessibility
Inspector by right-clicking an element and choosing Inspect Accessibility
Properties, keyboard focus would not land on the Inspector or Properties tree
view, but in limbo somewhere on the document. You had to tab a couple of times
to get focus tLate in November, I published a personal opinion on the state of Gutenberg
Today, I’d like to give an introduction to Gutenberg from a screen reader user
Gutenberg, the WordPress block editor, is the new way to create content and
build sites in WordPress. It is a rich web application that uses many modern
techniques such as dynamic updates, toolbars, side bars and other items to
completely updTL;DR: As a rule of thumb, if you label something via aria-label or
aria-labelledby, make sure it has a proper widget or landmark role.
The longer version is that several elements created extraneous amount of
announcements in screen readers in the past that were not really useful.
Especially in the ARIA 1.0 days where a lot of things weren’t as clear and
people were still gathering experience, this was an issue for elements or roles
that mapped to regions, multiple landmarks of the same type onYes, my Mom has her birthday today. She’s 70 now. And I’ll go see her and the
whole extended family on Sunday to celebrate. But don’t you worry, the Sunday
blog post is already planned. 🙂
And that’s all for today, folks. 🙂My personal favorite e-mail provider mailbox.org [https://mailbox.org/en/] is
giving away Christmas vouchers until January 10, 2020, for each new customer
registration. Details if you read on.
Mailbox.org is an e-mail and calendaring/office suite provider based in Germany.
They are very privacy focused, run on renewable energy exclusively, and are
committed to using Open Source wherever possible. They are promoters of open
standards such as IMAP and SMTP, CalDav, CardDav and WebDav for their ofNVDA 2019.3 beta 1 has been released today
is a huge milestone in the history of this free and open-source screen reader.
With this release, there are a ton of under the hood changes that have all kinds
of far reaching consequences. The most significant are the move to Python 3 from
the Python 2 programming language, which is being discontinued and all support
is ending. The second is a major refactor and enhancemenSince the update from October 2018, (Version 1809), Windows 10 has had an
extended clipboard feature. Here’s how you turn it on and use it.
Turn it on
With this feature, the last 25 text bits you copied or cut to the clipboard will
be available to paste. You can either just use the clipboard history for one
computer, or synchronize across multiple devices logged into the same Microsoft
account. But you have to turn it on first. On each computer that should
participate, do the following:
1. OpSome of you may have noticed that since May, my blog is displaying ads here and
there. It was kind of an experiment, and here are my conclusions after six
When I got sick in March, I came down so hard that it wasn’t clear for a long
time whether I would recover enough to be able to remain fully employed. More on
that at another time maybe. However, this led to my looking at my then current
blog situation. I ran three blogs. This one, a German technically focused and
one where I blogged Today, just a quick reading tip for you. Michael Scharnagl posted a great
article on Wednesday
[https://justmarkup.com/articles/2019-12-04-hamburger-menu/] about when to use
Hamburger menus, when not to use them, and what to consider for each decision.
And that includes accessibility. Thank you, Michael!