Since the release of iOS 13, Apple and app developers have put more emphasis on
context menus in apps such as Files, Mail, or on home screen icons. in iOS 13,
Apple made it a lot easier for VoiceOver users to get to these.
Before iOS 13.2, what VoiceOver users had to do to simulate a long-press of an
item was to double-tap and hold, wait for a tone that signaled that the gesture
was being passed through, and hope the finger wouldn’t break while doing so. 😉
Keyboard users had it easier: They coA friend of mine published his very first blog post on Monday. Congratulations,
Schepp, and welcome to the world of blogging! His post is not related to web
accessibility, but I found it a fascinating read, so am sharing it with you. He
describes how he wrangled ads [https://schepp.dev/posts/ad-integration-in-2020/]
into the responsive (and accessible) relaunch of the media company’s web site he
is working on. But be warned, it’s not for the faint of heart, and very
technical. And fascinating.Today marks my 12th anniversary working for Mozilla. I started on December 3,
2007, as a contractor, and moved to a full employment 13 months later, in
January 2009. So in January this year, I was employed there 10 years.
I wrote about my work anniversary once before
[https://marcozehe.de/2012/12/03/five-years-at-mozilla/]. Some things have
changed since then, some have not. I am still working on Firefox accessibility,
doing, unfortunately, less blogging than I used to (current series excepted)Yes, a bold statement, I know, but this piece by Dr. Elizabeth Fernandez
made my conviction even stronger.
For some years now, there have been advancements in computer-generated image
recognition. That recognition nowadays goes far beyond optical character
recognition. Face recognition, objects, some scenes are things that software
such as the Facebook algorithmsThis year, I am noticing an increased number of sentimental waves, as well as an
unusually strong afinity towards the Christmas holiday season.
As it is now the first Advent Sunday
[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advent_Sunday], I feel it is time to share a
little personal bit about how this year has been going so far. It has been a
rather eventful year in terms of family matters, health conditions, and some
other events that were emotionally challenging in one form or another. As a
result, I haHave you heard of Blue Beanie Day before? Well, I have, but only because I have
been involved with web standards and accessibility for so long. The Cute
Calendar has all information
And you know what? I even know a few people who celebrate it. This year, I’ve
heard of Deborah [https://www.lireo.com/web-standards-blue-beanie-day-returns/]
and Jeffrey [https://twitter.com/zeldman/status/1199694645795676162] celebrating
it. Do you Since its debut in Firefox 61, the Accessibility Inspector
[https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Tools/Accessibility_inspector] in the
Firefox Developer Tools has evolved from a low-level tool showing the
accessibility structure of a page. In Firefox 70, the Inspector has become an
auditing facility to help identify and fix many common mistakes and practices
that reduce site accessibility. In this post, I will offer an overview of what
is available in this latest release.
Inspecting the AccFirefox toolbars got a significant improvement to keyboard navigability in
version 67. It was once again enhanced in Firefox 70. Here’s how.
For a long time, Firefox toolbars were not keyboard accessible. You could put
focus in the address bar, and tab to the search box when it was still enabled by
default. But the next press of the tab key would take you to the document.
Shift-tabbing from the address bar would take you to the Site Identity button,
AKA the Lock icon, and another Shift+Tab woulI have, for the most part, remained silent about the whole WordPress Gutenberg
accessibility topic. Others who are closer to the project have been very vocal
about it, and continue to do so. However, after a period of sickness, and now
returning to more regular blogging, I feel the time has come to break that
What is Gutenberg?
Gutenberg, or the new WordPress block editor [https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/],
is the next generation writing and site building interface in the WordPress
bloIn recent months, you may have come across the name Mastodon here and there.
Especially two weeks ago, when Twitter again made headlines with some, possibly
politically motivated, account suspensions that resulted in an influx of users
from India [https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-50343054] to the federated
network. Time to look at it a bit, also with regards to accessibility.
Mastodon [https://joinmastodon.org/] itself is merely the name of an application
that, like many others, uses aFirefox 70, released in October, contains a new feature called the Protection
Report. It contains a graph of all the things Firefox protected you from in the
last seven days. Here’s how I made that screen reader accessible.
Originally, the data shown in the protection report was only presented visually.
Well, for sighted people, that is still the case. However, if you’re a screen
reader user, you get a nice tabular representation of the data, so you also get
the full picture. 😉
Let’s start wiThis year, I have a special treat for my readers. On Monday, November 25, at 12
PM UTC, I will start a 30 day series about everything and anything. Could be an
accessibility tip, an how-to about using a feature in an app I use frequently,
some personal opinion on something, a link to something great I came across on
the web… I am totally not certain yet. I have ideas about some things I want to
blog about, but by far not 30 of them yet.
Are you as excited about where this 30 day journey will ta