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Since is around the corner and you guys were so awesome at spreading the love re: image descriptions, here's something else I started seeing more often that's a bit problematic for blind social media folks. Please don't use fancy fonts in your display names. On Apple platforms they'll get read out very painfully, and almost everywhere else you'll just get silence! Have a look at and listen to this video to see what I mean.

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And that's just the blind/low vision stuff. THere's gonna be assistive touch for watches, support for 3rd party eye trackers on iPads, and a bunch more stuff I'm forgetting. It's really cool they're giving things like this the spotlight this way

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And speaking of , in a first Apple just put out the upcoming accessibility changes way ahead of WWDC. apple.com/newsroom/2021/05/app
The on-device image description feature is about to get even more useful, because you'll be able to on-demand request more details about an image, including detailed facial feature descriptions and position info for objects on a picture. It'll also detect if there's something displayed in a tabular format and let you review it like a table.

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I have encountered more image descriptions on Mastodon in 24 hours than I have in Twitter in a couple of years. Seriously. I'm not exaggerating.
As a blind person, this means a lot to me. If you read this and you describe your images, thank you so, so, so much on behalf of all of us. If you don't, now you know you'll be helping random Internet strangers make sense of your posts by typing in a few more words than usual.

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Hi hello! Trying this Mastodon thing for real this time. Name's Guillem, main field of study is performance. In my spare time I make very much not classical , program a few , complain about , exercise my and nerdyness, and nerdyness in general, and talk to strangers on the Internet. I also have periods of obsessive and/or consuming video content. Actually i think my entire life is periods of obsessive something.
Aaaanyway, that's me! :)

...People are seriously scared that children are going to eat batteries in Airtags? And say that for this reason, they shouldn't be user replaceable?
I wonder how we're not all dead yet.
No seriously. This is one of those things that I laugh at in complete and utter frustration that then slowly turns into bitter tears of... Even more frustration I guess.
We're just doomed. This is it.

The no video jam 2 is live!
We're making audio games in 2 weeks. If you feel like you can make a game that's controlled exclusively using sound, no eyes required, then give it a shot! We're going from now, April 9th, until April 26th.
More info here: itch.io/jam/no-video-jam-2

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You can use Mastodon through an alternative web client if you prefer. One of the most popular is Pinafore, which is lightweight and FOSS.

The example website is at https://pinafore.social

The source code is at https://github.com/nolanlawson/pinafore

Because it's free and open source, you can host the web client yourself if you want to.

Its creator has written an introductory post with more info about it:

https://nolanlawson.com/2018/04/09/introducing-pinafore-for-mastodon

#MastoTips #FediTips #Mastodon #FrontEnds

On programming being "easy" 

Programming *can* be rewarding, but it's not easy.
Programming is only easy as far as cooking is easy. If you like cooking, cooking is easy. But you quickly realize how difficult actually preparing a meal "at scale" is.
Honestly, you don't have to code. You don't even need to want to code. You're absolutely not missing out by not coding.
Building a shed for yourself can be a fun 3 weekends. Building sheds "professionally" not so much.
All I'm trying to say is don't worry about it. You don't need to code. Do something happier and more fun instead if you want to!

It's obviously still on you to make sure that it's not too loud and that you can still be understood clearly, but that goes with any kind of audio.

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I mean you are literally using a computer. A little bit of keyboard noise is just part of the experience.

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I actually enjoy hearing a bit of keyboard/mouse noise in videos of people demonstrating things or playing games. Obviously it shouldn't be overpowering but it gives it that little bit of authenticity and "human" feel whereas if you have a super aggressive audio filter it just sounds kinda dead and with no soul.

The No Video Jam 2 starts in 3 days and I'm actually kinda nervous

Or maybe it is and we just don't have the right ones. Still!

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I hate the sound of vacuum cleaners. Why isn't this a solved problem?

I feel like adding more features to this. A bot that communicates primarily through voice. Even better if I could do speech recognition but I don't want to use "the cloud" for this. I would want to run it locally on a server under my control.

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Not sure why Discord hasn't added a feature where tts announces who joins and leaves the channel and made me write a bot for it. Ah well. This is much better already.

Since Yahoo! Answers is going away, maybe we should remember some of the great times we've had on the platform. Moments like... youtube.com/watch?v=EShUeudtaF

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