Dark Mode and Transparent Images

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A Hhrd to read image. The text is black, but so is most of the background. Bits have a white background.

Dark Mode is the new cool. Apps which automatically switch to an eye-friendly palette when lighting conditions are poor. Nifty! Most of the time, it’s as simple as making the text a lightish colour, and the background a darkish colour. But all that fails when you use transparencies in images. Here’s a quick example. Using…

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Improving WordPress Video Accessibility

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A video with an easy to see play button.

In order to provide a video playback UI, WordPress uses the excellent MediaElement library. Recently, I discovered a slightly annoying flaw – I couldn’t see the play button! Here’s a screenshot of the video UI. In the middle of this screenshot is a white play button. I have trouble seeing it, because the video’s background…

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A small accessibility improvement to WordPress

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An upload screen - there's a large text box for the image description.

My mate, the accessibility specialist Léonie Watson, has this to say about how we improve the world, piece-by-piece: Accessibility doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be a little bit better than yesterday. Source: Twitter Damn straight! One of the best ways we can make tomorrow slightly better than today is by making…

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How not to use the label element

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HTML Source Code.

HTML is magic. It comes with all sorts of great usability and accessibility features. But people often ignore them or misuse them. Take a look at these checkboxen: If you click on this label, nothing happens. If you click on this label, the checkbox will toggle This is important. Tapping on tiny squares is hard…

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Accessibility of macOS – large cursor hides tooltips

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Cursor obscuring tool tip.

Apple’s attitude to usability is… complex. The general attitude of “you’re holding it wrong” seems to be prevalent across all their products. I like having a large mouse cursor. I find it easier to see on my large monitor, especially when sat at a safe distance. But, if I use a large cursor – I…

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Accessibility is a public health issue

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A tweet which says "From the chair of surgery at Columpbia Presbyterian." There is a big blank image afterwards.

Dark times, my friends. Dark times. It’s up to all of us to pull together. And that means making vital health information accessible. One of the easiest things you can do is make your Twitter content accessible is by adding descriptions to your images. Go to twitter.com/settings/accessibility and turn on “Compose image descriptions”. Here’s why.…

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I feel hopeless, rejected, and a burden on society – one week of empathy training

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A mouth covered with tape. Taken by Jenniffer Moo.

I’ve spent a week cosplaying as a disabled user. And I hate it. A couple of months ago, I attended a private talk given by a disabled colleague of mine. “Everyone should believe disabled people’s stories about accessibility problems,” she said. “But, given that people don’t, here’s what I want you to do. Spend one…

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Chromebooks aren’t accessible – a five-year-old bug

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I was in need of a new laptop, so I bought a cheap ChromeBook – mostly because Amazon could deliver it the same day. Sadly, the trackpad was broken. Before I sent it back, I thought I’d try using a mouse with it. That’s when I discovered that accessibility is very much a second thought…

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Co-Op Bank – Making Banking Inaccessible

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Screenshot of the scope website showing a donation of £25

I’ve blogged before about how backward the Co-op bank is – sadly, they’ve not improved in the last few years. I needed to close down my business bank account. I hopped on to online banking, provided all my details, went through 2FA with a physical token, remembered my mother’s maiden name and began searching the…

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Noli scribere Latine imaginem describere

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Screenshot of the Post Office website showing lots of seemingly unrelated pages

When I’m bored, I like to search websites for the “Lorem Ipsum” placeholder text. It’s a quick way to find discarded pages and test content. I was particularly confused that the UK’s Post Office had a dozen pages containing that little Latin phrase. A quick dive into one of the pages, found this enlightening snippet…

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