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Masto: remember to add image descriptions and don't use those weird emoji fonts because it's bad for screen readers

also Masto: indecipherable Unicode in usernames, :verified: emojis and pride hearts that definitely do not work well with a screen reader, key smashing, full-width text 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝔀𝓮𝓲𝓻𝓭 𝓤𝓷𝓲𝓬𝓸𝓭𝓮 𝓯𝓸𝓷𝓽𝓼 and lots of custom emoji? :pawft1_ok:

· SubwayTooter · 5 · 11 · 9

honestly at what point is it about accessibility and really just "I don't want that crap on my screen but I don't want to sound like a jerk?"

@Elizafox I will happily sound like a jerk, as this is a hill I've been willing to die on for years now.

Unicode was a great idea once. Today, it's nothing more than a landfill for cutesy icons and useless emoji. The idea of one codepoint per glyph has long-since been thrown out as well, leading to things like homograph attacks (see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IDN_homo).

I want the original Unicode back, with the original ideas intact, before people considered making movies about emoji.

@Elizafox

:demoted: t̶͙͐̌̔̕h̶̡͚̥̀̇i̴̲̿͑s̵̼͓̬̣̈̌ ̴̛̣̺̫p̷̖̩̳͚̀̏̇o̴̺͑͛s̴͇̎͂̎̍͜ṱ̷̪͒͗͘ ̶͓̪͖̼̃ḧ̶̨̹͚́͝a̶̙͓̲̅̉s̶͚͕̖̱͆ ̵̻̫͓̔ͅb̸̬͖͊̈́ȩ̷̓e̴͎̦̻̻̐̌̍̌n̸͕͝ ̵̩͖̓c̶̖̥̮̦̔o̷̦̭̿̿͝ͅn̸̥͘d̴̜͙̿͂̓͘e̴̹̋̒̑̏ͅm̶̲͍̝̱͗̊̾n̷̢̪̅͛̽͝e̸͍̍̀̊̉ď̴͖̤͇͚͋͐͠ ̶̱͔͍͎̈́̆͘b̴͙̥͍̃y̶͇̍ ̶̩̠̘͖̉̈́̅͝Ḿ̸̼̮̕ͅỉ̶̺͖̚č̸̖͋r̶̡͕̅͆o̶̩͎͕͑͗̚ͅs̵̤͐̔o̸̙̳̻͔͒̓f̷͇͇̈́̕t̵͈̯̀͊̑͜

@Elizafox what do you mean the pride hearts don't work well with screen readers...? screen readers just read my name as "autumn pan underscore heart" and such.

@Elizafox are you a screen reader user/getting this from someone who uses a screen reader? this isn't the sort of thing i've been taught to think of as an accessibility problem

@autumnontape I used TalkBack which is a form of screen reader for mobile

I'm not blind, however I do live with someone who *is* legally blind, and I worked with the disabled in school, so I have more than a casual familiarity

@Elizafox i guess all i can ask is is it really that confusing?

i've learned to think about the accessible internet in a certain way and i've always hated those weird-font posts but i don't see how a custom emoji in a display name is less accessible than anywhere else (aside from the extra time it takes to call it out every time).

i guess some sort of accessibility guidelines for user-generated content would be a nice document to have but am i completely wrong about this?

@Elizafox full-width text should be supported in most screen readers, right?

I know it's used in a lot of southeast asian stuff.

@Elizafox also Masto: doesn't provide a usable UI to add image descriptions

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