I'm sure many already know about Mozilla's hypocracies, but this is a nice compendium of transgressions:
So use what? Crome? *barf* I think the problem goes deeper. We need a web that isn't so confounded to the point where no one, besides large corporations, can maintain a performant, usable and accessible web client. As long as it's this way we will continue to pay for the web with our privacy.
@self This is an amazing article. I do wish the images were described, but the great content vastly outweighs that.
@self I think it's gotten worse. HTML is used to make things pretty now, not to, oh I don't know, markup content like it was originally designed to do. And operating systems, like Linux and Android, with poor accessibility don't help either. Now, blind people usually prefer mobile apps and desktop clients because they feel *clean* compared to the sometimes very verbose, linear web, where keyboard commands are few and far in between, non-standard (look at Gmail then Twitter, or even Gmail compared to Google Voice.) And there are so many sites where headings could be used but aren't, and lists to facilitate things which can be skipped, like alternative language options for articles, replies to a comment, things like that. It's just poorly done, and even the "simple" layered approach of mobile apps are easier to use for us than the flat (to us) representation that is the web.
Oh and screen readers aren't magic, either. They're really quite dumb. They gather as much information as they can by the OS accessibility API's, which can be pretty good, like Windows, fairly okay, like Apple's, or pretty neglected, like Linux because no one wants to actually work on the core OS accessibility. Like I always say, accessibility starts with the OS.
@devinprater thank you for the detailed assessment of the current accessibility landscape! You just confirmed, and surpassed all my suspicions about how bad the web had become, beyond my own bad experiences, but I didn’t want to be presumptuous.
At some point HTML, between 4 and 5 iirc, became this nearly free-form system where all the rigid structure was rendered optional... and folks could just make up their own conventions.
@devinprater one cannot even scrape data consistently anymore, which should be an obvious sign that the schema is nearly useless. I think this ties in to why the browser landscape is so bleak.
Im not presuming to have the skill or influence to change the web, but I do have a small idea for something that I’d like to discuss more with you. Can I send you a link when I have a coherent project description?
@self Yes, you definitely can. My blog has much more of my writings on all this: open source, text formatting, all that, so that may be a good read as well.
@devinprater thanks! I’ll check that out today!
@petit @self Yeah, a lot of "accessibility" organizations and sites just want to grab on to something to be made a little more visible, without actually being more helpful. Really, if you just use regular HTML without hacking around with non-standard stuff, things will work okay. I hate that everyone has to look different on the web. We should all focus on what our content is, not how it looks.
As a general instance, we are not centered on a specific theme, or a specific language. Everyone is welcome as long as they follow the few rules we have.
We always run the latest stable version of Mastodon, providing you a stock experience, with the following modifications:
Although we are a medium+ sized instance, we'd like to keep the feeling that you are at home and safe here.