@tagomago I recently sought help via a poll on picking from a shortlist of videos to make on libre creative software: merveilles.town/web/statuses/1

Decided to modify the "State of Linux for Creatives" topic to "State of Libre for Creatives".

I think that's a better, more focused, more responsible version of the topic.

Never forget that AmeriKKKa is an illegitimate country created off of stolen land and genocide, and built off the back of slavery.

@nyquildotorg One of my greatest career regrets is that I accepted a job of writing a tutorial on using AMP right when it came out and before I realised how damaging it was.

I tried to make up for it by writing a guide on how to achieve the exact same optimisations without AMP, and unsurprisingly it was equally fast.

@nyquildotorg I wrote some articles for a client on AMP when it first came out and I ran speed tests to see if it was actually faster. Spoiler: it isn't.

It only tests faster because it's a plug and play version of optimisation fundamentals for the web, things professionals should already be doing, but aren't either because they are unaware or the marketing department won't let them.

@hugh @nyquildotorg Constantly. AMP links are littered through top Reddit posts and trending Twitter topics daily. I can only imagine what FB would be like. There's even an "AMPutator" bot on Reddit that goes around correcting the links and posting them as replies.

I know this is a cold take, but UI developers: The opposite of "yes" is not "not right now."

@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.

The HTML standard changing stuff probably doesn't help much either. And Javascript just means that if I want to use Emacs with Emacspeak to gather text formatting information that a dumb screen reader doesn't provide, I usually get told that Javascript needs to be enabled, on a mostly textual site. In fact, text is *all* that a blind person gets, besides other audio. So if image descriptions aren't provided, or if there's a presentation-style thing going on, like in a lot of Apple press releases, we need textual alternatives to the silent videos and images. So plain sites, like my blog which I recently moved to Hugo, are best. Simple, statically generated, no stupid freaking databases! and it's freaking clean! No heavy bull crap slowing down load times and not many images.

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.



WHO: The soulless husks of men who have gazed far too long in to the capitalist abyss.

HOW: “limited liability”. It empowers, encourages and rewards this sort of sociopathic behavior from individuals.

lol fucking lol.

Companies say they shouldn't have to ask for consent to cyber-stalk because of “a high risk of user refusal.”

"I should also be allowed to drop this pill in this drink because of a high risk of refusal". Probably also them.

Who are these people and how do they live with themselves.


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