It’s been 6 days since my IAAP Web Accessibility Specialist exam and I’m still recovering from the marathon study session the led up to it.
I feel OK/good about my performance, but I’m still unsure about what the results will be. A couple things are for sure though: after studying for the exam, I’ve felt far more confident in my understanding of expected widget interactions, and my fear of the official WCAG and WAI-ARIA documentation has subsided a bit. 🧛
One of my new favorite haunts is the Web a11y Slack. If you’re at all interested in delving into web accessibility, there are some great teachers in there who are always available for questions. 👩🏫 Join us!
- Accessibility Events
“If you’re not furious at this change, you should be—not just for what it means for users, but what it foists upon you. Apple has burdened you with the knowledge that, now, yes, you can know whether a user has a disability. We can use this information to serve up a limited alternative version of a website, into which we can very easily opt people of a protected class. And once we choose to start listening for “accessibility events,” well, we can capture that information, as anything else broadcast to the web. A user’s disability can and will be reduced to a single data point—a cold, impersonal
true, inexorably bound to their name, stored in a database, perhaps destined to be sold, leaked, passed along to insurance providers, reduced to a targeted marketing opportunity. All under the auspice of inclusivity.”
- Top 5 Questions Asked in Accessibility Trainings
“While lawsuits may initially unlock the door for digital accessibility, once more tech professionals and companies learn about the value of adding inclusivity to their products, the hope is that the door remains unlocked and open to change for all – not just when forced by litigation.”
Tools + Goodies
- The Gender Spectrum Collection
“The Gender Spectrum Collection is a stock photo library featuring images of trans and non-binary models that go beyond the clichés.”
- Git Standup
A quick summary of yesterday’s commits to present in morning meetings.
- Why Are Young People Pretending to Love Work?
“I saw the greatest minds of my generation log 18-hour days — and then boast about #hustle on Instagram. When did performative workaholism become a lifestyle?”
- The Machine Stops
“There is no privacy and apparently little desire for it in a world devoted to non-stop use of social media. Every minute, every second, has to be spent with one’s device clutched in one’s hand. Those trapped in this virtual world are never alone, never able to concentrate and appreciate in their own way, silently.”
- One Month, 500,000 Face Scans: How China Is Using A.I. to Profile a Minority
TIL that China has a government program called Skynet with the goal of computerizing surveillance. Nothing can go wrong there.