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I finally decided to move here, so I figure it might be worth a new intro since I have more room here. Hi, I'm Piotr. I'm a bit of a geek, so most of what I'll be posting will be tech related, very often with an emphasis on blind accessibility since I can't see myself. I'm also a huge gamer, so game accessibility is of particular interest. I often stream games with @talon as @pg13lp. I also love anything audio production related, especially sound design. I've done audio for a bunch of games, IE most of @talon's, but I also created a lot of notification and UI sounds under CC attribution with a few friends on currentlyuntitled.design. If you need custom audio for an app or game feel free to hit me up! Other than that I really love anything SCI-Fi, LitRPG, retro tech, and more things I didn't think of when writing this lol.

You may have heard of #accessibe, an overlay that claims to make the web more accessible to screen reader users. I won't go into the details of what kind of scam this is, but be assured that you don't want this thing to interfere with your web experience if you're a screen reader user. Some good soul has now put up a page with instructions for various browsers and operating systems on how to block Accessibe from interfering woth your web experience. Go here: https://sclower.github.io/accessibegone/ #noxp

Something interesting I just found by accident: I just paired my Mac with a braille display, and I was using an iOS app. Right now, iOS and catalyst apps feel noticeably slower with VO, but I noticed that the text in braille was changing immediately in time with the wrap forward sound effect, and speech was taking a moment to start. This got me thinking, what would happen if I turned the sounds off? Well as it turns out that made a rather noticeable improvement in speech responsiveness in iOS and Catalyst apps, more so with some than others, but for the most part speed wise they feel pretty much as fast as a native Mac app with the sounds muted.

If you're interested in audio game development, game accessibility in general or adding accessibility to your game, I've created a Discord server a while ago for people to ask questions and discuss these topics. If you're curious, you can join here: discord.gg/565Dgaw

Accessibility question for users of assistive technologies 

The WAI-ARIA guidelines for modal dialogs say that, when you press Tab to change focus, focus should cycle back to the beginning of the dialog after you reach the end.

However, with upcoming browser APIs like <dialog> and "inert", focus instead returns to the browser chrome itself (the URL bar, etc.). Is this a problem for you? Would you find it surprising?

More details: https://nolanlawson.com/2021/02/13/managing-focus-in-the-shadow-dom/

#accessibility #a11y

This is one area where PWAs still beat the pants off of native apps: the download size. Pinafore is 0.5MB for the whole app. Really! You go to https://pinafore.social, and it downloads the whole damn thing in the background.

For comparison:

Android:
- Tusky: 7.4M
- Yuito: 17.5M
- Subway Tooter: 18M
- Fedilab: 27M

iOS:
- Amaroq: 17.8M
- Mast: 19.3M
- Toot! 21.2M
- Tootle: 23.8M
- Mercury: 46.7M

(Found on https://play.google.com/store/apps/ and the App Store on an iPhone.)

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Sennheiser’s looking to sell their consumer divisions and focus entirely on the pro market… Let’s hope that doesn’t cause the quality to tank. theverge.com/2021/2/16/2228549

Is it amusing or sad that it took so many years for me to notice this peculiar, and quite possibly intentional thing about ? I only started figuring it out yesterday, rolling the new braille d20 around in my hands.
So, on this d20, numbers from 1 to 10 are represented with letters from a through j, and numbers from 11 to 20 with k through t.
K is an a but with the dot #3 on top. L is b but with dot #3. M is c but with dot #3. N-d, o-e, p-f, q-g, r-h, s-i, t-j.
The pattern is constant. The second 10 letters in the English braille alphabet are the same as the first 10, but with the dot #3 added on top. All of them!
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Hello all! In the interest of finding out how the Fedi skews, I want to run another age poll. Please pick the decade that you fall in (there are two polls; if you don't belong in the first, you may belong in the second).

Boosts welcome and encouraged!

by crashing the wm, I mean, taskbar disappears, desktop goes black, ctrl-alt-del becomes inop, and minimizing means placing a mini titlebar in the bottom left corner (oh so Windows 3.1)

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Normal people: Ugh Windows is so broken even the Task Manager hangs

Me: How about crashing the window manager by trying to join a Zoom meeting?

Pinafore v1.22.0 

Highlights:

- You can now drag-and-drop multiple files to upload multiple at once
- Fix Safari on iOS 13 and below
- Fix emoji picker in Mastodon "secure mode"
- Accessibility fixes

https://github.com/nolanlawson/pinafore/releases/tag/v1.22.0

🇬🇧 With #chatcontrol, the EU wants #masssurveillance of all your private online communications in real-time. What is it about, what will happen next and what can you do?

https://www.patrick-breyer.de/?page_id=594160&lang=en

#digitalprivacyofcorrespondence

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That's the third time this week I read an article talking about how Apple invented the smartphone and mobile applications. Who's spreading this nonsense?

Yes, Apple made smartphones popular (I guess?). But let's not rewrite history here: we had smartphones and apps several years before the first iPhone got released.

I don’t know why this is a thing but I love it. A midi controlled slide whistle. youtube.com/watch?v=me4gGfazUd

I finally decided to move here, so I figure it might be worth a new intro since I have more room here. Hi, I'm Piotr. I'm a bit of a geek, so most of what I'll be posting will be tech related, very often with an emphasis on blind accessibility since I can't see myself. I'm also a huge gamer, so game accessibility is of particular interest. I often stream games with @talon as @pg13lp. I also love anything audio production related, especially sound design. I've done audio for a bunch of games, IE most of @talon's, but I also created a lot of notification and UI sounds under CC attribution with a few friends on currentlyuntitled.design. If you need custom audio for an app or game feel free to hit me up! Other than that I really love anything SCI-Fi, LitRPG, retro tech, and more things I didn't think of when writing this lol.

A fun, happy little Mastodon/Hometown instance. Join us by the fire and have awesome discussions about things, stuff and everything in between! Admins: @Talon and @Mayana.