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August 15, 2018

Link: The Easiest Way to Keep Your Web Apps Accessible

Another article for the LogRocket blog is up, this time going into how text is the best way to create accessible web apps. Currently near the top of the front page of Hacker News, which is pretty cool. Could do without all the bullshit HN comments, though.

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July 20, 2018

Link: Assistive Technologies I Test With

A nice little roundup post from Dave Rupert about what tools he uses for testing accessibility. The keyboard, dimmed screen, and zoom tests are all in regular use over here, but I’ve admittedly only ever used VoiceOver for screen reader testing. I’m not that proficient at using it, either, so it might be time to practice some more and expand my testing with other screen reader software, too.

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July 16, 2018

David Allen Unexpectedly Explains Why Representation Matters

I’m digging into Getting Things Done by David Allen again, and I came across a passage that perfectly explains why representation for marginalized groups is so important. I didn’t expect anything like that in GTD, but there it is:

It’s easy to envision something happening if it has happened before or you have had experience with similar successes. It can be quite a challenge, however, to identify with images of success if they represent new and foreign territory—that is, if you have few reference points about what an event might actually look like and little experience of your own ability to make it happen.

Pretty good explanation if you ask me. For people to understand and believe in success, they need to be exposed to it and see examples of it. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to just dream up realistic paths to success from scratch. We all need examples, people to look to, and paths highlighted so that we can start traversing them, breaking off from them, and forging our own.

July 13, 2018

Link: Who experiences code of conduct violations?

Holy shit, this post from Karen McGrane is spot on. Very disappointing writing, strategy, and stance from Information Architecture Foundation organizers. Is this common with conferences? This level of ineptness? This level of victim shaming? WTF?

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