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    I’m blind in one eye and have bad vision in the other. I can’t see in 3D (which is irritating at 3D movies because I feel like I shouldn’t have to pay for a dimension I’m not going to use).

    The vision in my other eye is correctable, but it’s been slowly getting worse over the years. I know that, eventually, I’m going to need some sort of assistive technology to use my computer. I already have to zoom stuff even when I’m wearing my glasses.

    Also, closed-captioning on videos is useful even if you’re not deaf/HoH. Some of us like to watch videos while other people are sleeping.

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      Why wouldn’t you go see the 2D version of the movie?

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        It was mostly a joke, but for a lot of those movies they have like 12 showtimes for the 3D version and sometimes zero for the 2D so often it’s a scheduling/availability thing.

        Plus my wife has two working eyes (though she must be blind because she married me).

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          Why wouldn’t you go see the 2D version of the movie?

          Because your friends picked the movie, or because there is no 2d version available where you live.

          I too am monocular, at some point had surgery on my good eye, which meant that for a short bit I had to use a screen reader, I still keep some hacks around:

          • I like videos to have captions - I could use them as transcripts, and grep through them. It is not always easy to download those captions though.
          • popups are fun, when your screen reader mixes some content with ads the results are hilarious
          • autoplay is the work of the devil when you are using audio to navigate the page, and even when you are not
          • Reading the web with a screen reader can be tricky, but what is really hard is to writing something - filling up a long web form without typing stuff in the wrong place, etc
          • image loading and zooming is beyond broken for me - i just want to be able to zoom some pictures on a site, but the fancy js image zoom widgets get in the way

          I have no expectations that hordes of developers/designers will agree on designing websites that fix all of this for everyone. I would expect state services to keep accessible services, sadly this is not the case.

          I just wish my browser would help me more. In firefox you can (could?) disable colors and fonts from css rules which helps a little bit with contrast issues. These days I run web pages with a larger minimum font - I’m perfectly functional without it - but it makes me a lot less tired at the end of the day. In general zoom is broken on most pages.

          I wish you could treat some elements in a web page as you do in a tilling window manager - just keep them out of your way until you want to have a look at them.

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        Somewhat tangential, but I wonder if there’s room for some place to ask, “I’d like this personal project of mine to be accessible, would someone with disabilities give me some feedback?”

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          I think this in a good article in that the collection of tweets and points made are good. I’m not sure I like the tone though, there are a lot of parts like these that make it seem like fixing these things is trivial, when in actuality depending on the case they can be non-trivial to take care of. There are also instances where these solutions may not work, and the article doesn’t really seem to address that well.

          The solution is so simple. Just create more paragraphs and sub-headings! And throw in more bullet-lists. Voilà!

          It’s really easy to test, just view your site in greyscale.

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            I’m not sure I even know how to view my site in greyscale.

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            At the risk of being the annoying person who complains about the way it is presented instead of discussing the content itself…

            A good solution to some of these problems (contrast, colours, text size, etc.) should be to switch on reader mode. Ironically, when I switch on reader mode most of the content in this article disappears because it’s some sort of weird embedded tweet widget.

            I understand that this article is describing the results of a survey conducted on twitter, but surely the tweet embedding code could have some sort of alt-text or something?

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              Can this be tagged as web as well please? One of the points that was brought up when this tag was suggested was that accessibility-related content is web-accessibility-related. I want to be able to filter out web-related content without filtering out all accessibility-related content.

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                You can use the “suggest” button to add tags. I’ve suggested web now.

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