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The Accessibility Newsletter

A small kangaroo is peaking out behind a large tree. It looks shy and curious and have dark open eyes and both ears pointing forward.
Are you all still here? Still happy to read this newsletter? Just checking.
It's getting cold and damp in Sweden and the forests are filled with mushrooms. There are no kangaroos but lots of moose. My co-worker sent me a video of three big meese running past their house the other day. Made me happy.

Clearleft Podcast: Accessibility

I'm always on the lookout for good introductions to web accessibility and this is one of those. It's a short podcast episode named: Accessibility. You can listen to it, or read because of course there is a transcript.
My favourite quote in the show is made by Laura Kalbag when they discussed convincing your boss using different arguments: "I hate the idea that doing the right thing for people is not considered enough." Yes, I hate it too! And I have also started to avoid using other arguments cause it just doesn't make sense. 

Working from home setups that get the job done!

Do you have a job that involves a computer for the majority of the time? Did you work from home the last year? Yea, me too. In this article five people with different disabilities share their setups. I think my favourite is the tiny house. I would love that. Although I would stand at a table in there. And maybe have an easy chair for breaks. 

Axe-con 2022: Registration is open and it's free!

HTMHell Newsletter - all about good practices

The site HTMHell, maintained by Manuel Matuzović, has for a long time brought up multiple problematic patterns in HTML. Like the use of placeholders instead of labels and buttons that comes in the form of a div-element. But did you know that there is also a newsletter? The HTMHell Newsletter. It's really good too and all about good practices! If you think HTML is only for new developers, then let me tell you that I've been writing HTML for over 20 years and I really enjoyed it.

The Little Book of Accessibility (that is not a book)

Gareth Ford Williams is the ex-head of UX Design and Accessibility at the BBC and he now works as a director at Ab11y. He has written a really long but extremely well-researched article that goes into different accessibility topics with a UX perspective.
It is also available as a video and you can download all the posters that are included.
Consume this, yes, even if you are not a "UX person".

Inclusive Design 24 – 2021 edition

This is one of my favourite events. It's a free 24-hour online event celebrating inclusive design and it's happening on Youtube each year. The only bummer is that because of work, sleep, and other things related to life I can only watch a portion of the talks live. The good thing is that they are all available afterward. And if you also missed some talks the whole playlist is up, go and explore!

Quick tip: Always link to the right Standard like WCAG

Don't trust accessible components

A while ago Smashing Magazine released a huge list full of links to various accessible components. And you might think: this is really nice! And yes, it is, but also you can't trust them. This is not a bad thing. We all need to do a critical check whenever we decide to use something that is built by someone else. So how do you do this check? Well, Hidde de Vries has written an excellent article on what to look at when you are evaluating. Go and check it out!

Calling Helen Keller a fraud is ableist

Apparently, there has been a number of videos on TikTok calling Helen Keller a fraud. That she couldn't have accomplished what she did because of her disability. This of course a conspiracy and not true. But it does raise a lot of questions around the ableist views many people have. 
In an article in the Metro professor Elsa Sjunneson writes about many of the problematic thoughts that non-disabled people have. For example, that blind people have to be totally blind to count. 
If your browser has a "reader view" functionality, I recommend reading the article that way. Metro has a lot of problematic widgets and popups on their website making it hard to navigate and read. 

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