Clubhouse is renaming themselves to shortcut. Um, OK. This won’t get confusing at all with things like apple’s “Shortcuts” app. Also that press release talks a lot about business work type stuff. If they’re trying to be the next teams/zoom/slack this isn’t going to go down well.

This is going to be really fun especially for password autofill I would imagine, if the bitwarden subreddit is anything to go by their official password autofill API almost never works so an accessibility service for that was a must.

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Google is about to do the whole crippling accessibility services thing again on the play store. Actual accessibility apps like screen readers are fine, but they're going out of the way to mention things like automation and password mgr's is not.

@lapis Well, for mobile until very recently at least on iOS there was a limit that an app couldn't be more than I think 200 MB and if it was larger it wouldn't download over cellular, so you could make a case for that there. But no idea why you'd need that on PC.

Grabbing Microsoft Flight Simulator to play with the new accessibility updates, and I gotta say the first run experience is pretty terrible. I don't mean the TTS, that part actually worked great and I was able to turn it on and proceed. But then comes the initial content download. The Windows store tells you the game needs almost 150 GB of space, but when you go to get it, it only installs a gig. Only when you get into the game will the remaining 120 start to download, by the game. So you need to leave it running to download and while it runs it keeps using ~30% CPU and GPU and a gig of ram even if the window is minimized. Why couldn't this be handled as a DLC download by the Windows store? Finally, I read that you can actually get away with using half the size if you delete the offline maps and don't mind being online to play. Couldn't this have been suggested by the game at first so you could download it with less space? Nope. Gotta download all of it first.

@benhamill @pvagner @devinprater It depends on the voice and software someone is using. For accented latin characters like in Peter's name, synthesizers will at worst just read it as an A. For other alphabets, russian/Korean/ETC synthesizers can usually read a latin alphabet, while going the other way it's more of a lottery. Apple platforms like iOS are the best and will switch to the appropriate language. On Windows and Android, the synthesizers and voices that come with them won't do it by default but third party ad-ons exist that can do it, no idea how commonly they're used. Also no idea about Linux. Sorry if this is too much information :)

I didn't want to have to go back to GitLab, but it appears as though Gitea is leaving me no choice. Unless someone has a better idea for a nice version control system that doesn't actively try to stop me from using it...

I don't know who at Google or other companies contributing code to chromium thought it would be worth doing this, but being 100% serious here I thank you. Making this accessible is as much part of making the whole app accessible as any other part. ☺️

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You know that Dino you can play in Chromium browsers if your internet is dying? Someone on the audio games forum discovered it's blind accessible now. If you go to chrome://dino and focus the "application" with your screen reader you'll get beeps to tell you when to jump. downtime 

@nolan Though not entirely related to your instance specifically I still very much appreciate all the work you put into pinafore and still find it the far superior and more accessible browsing experience on desktop.

IPv4 addresses used to be gratis. Today they're selling for ~40 USD each. Ford (!!) got 16.7 million IPs for free, hardly using them. Today they're worth $670M, a better value increase than any crypto currency. At the same time new ISPs can't be started because lack of IPs.

Here is a proposed change to Mastodon that will fix my previously commented on CamelCase issue. If this gets approved, then others like hometown will have an easier time adding it to their forks. #Accessibility #a11y #Fediverse #Hometown #Mastodon #OpenSource

that mastodon error screen with the elephant smacking their trunk against the keyboard? that's what programming actually is.

@khm Happy Reaper user here, though depending on what you need an audio editor for that might be a slightly overkill option. If you want something simpler, at least on Windows Goldwave is not bad and they're also working on a cross-platform web version. On Mac, Amadeus, either the lite version if you don't need multitrack or Pro if you do fills a similar feature set.

Audio editing "is not intended for individuals below the age of 13". This is what happens when software starts doing things other than what the users need it to do.

And let's not even talk about code. A natural voice reading code is just... it just doesn't work. It just feels totally wrong. I need to navigate through code very fast. Not only do AI voices have quite a bit of latency, but if I'm quickly scrolling through a file I'm listening to the actual words just as much as I'm listening for familiar sequences of sounds. AI based TTS don't have that because things are ever so slightly different.
This also means that cloud anything is absolutely out. If you're making web requests to get your screen reader to speak then stop right now. I won't use it, you wouldn't use it, nobody would use it. I guess Apple can do this on their new devices because of the M1 platform, but even there you can absolutely feel the delay between pressing the key and the voice reacting to what you've done. The simpler the tts, the faster the response time, the happier I am.

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I much prefer very algorithmic, synthetic speech for this. Not only is it very predictable in how it pronounces things, but it also speeds up much more. If you speed up, for example, Google's Wavenet voices, they start slurring words. This is obviously no good at all. It's authentic, sure, but it's annoying to me. I'm happy to use AI speech, for example the Siri voices that come with the new MacOS, if I'm reading something longer like a book, story and so on. But for every day use? No thanks. I think it's important that we don't get too carried away here. If I had the choice, I would choose a non natural voice. And that by quite a big margin. Here's your fun fact of the day!

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I'm happy that we're getting more and more lifelike text to speech voices using AI, but here's something you might not know. These AI based text to speech voices can be unpredictable. It's not that they say things wrong or mispronounce any more than other speech synths do, but what definitely does happen is that it does not say the same string of text the same way twice. It might change the intonation, or even sometimes the speed of certain syllables from utteration to utteration. I use my screen reader with the speed very, very fast. Often I don't pay conscious attention to exactly what words are spoken because I've gotten so used to the text to speech voices that I use that my brain does this subconsciously. They have certain patterns that I can recognize and this tells me what the synth just said without having to understand every single syllable or word. This is important for reading short texts like names of buttons, window titles, web addresses, messages, usernames, etc.

I’ve heard a few people say in the past “I wish is could move to Mastodon full time, but I can’t because I’d still like to follow person X”

Well you can still follow whomever you like from Twitter, right here on Mastodon with by our very own @garritfra 😊

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