PSA: To everyone who is #NewHere, and those who are not.
It's not essential, but it's one way we can make the Fediverse more welcoming.
@ColinTheMathmo it never occurred to me that CamelCase was useful to screen readers, but it makes so much sense!
It helps human readers, too. My commute to work used to take me past a very nice old building that was being renovated as condominiums. It took me almost a week to realize that oneilllbuilding.com meant "O'Neill Building" not "One Ill Building." Camel case would have helped.
@ColinTheMathmo In this same vein, using special characters or quotes for /emphasis/ is better than all CAPS. Many screen-readers will read caps as acronyms, so instead of the word “caps” it will read “C.A.P.S” which can be mentally exhausting for screenreader users if the word is long and especially for multiple words smashed together.
@ColinTheMathmo @blueplanetslittlehelper @Nyx with most modern screen readers, we can tweak the settings to where the screen reader will tell us if something is bolded or not, but this setting is usually off by default, so just use * if you would like to emphasize a word or phrase. Just one star will do
@weirdwriter Thanks for the response ... useful to know.
For sighted people, having an asterisk or oblique on both sides is an important visual marker, it's also the syntax in #MarkDown, so that matters to us.
I can understand that a single asterisk for emphasis might be enough for a #ScreenReader ... does one each side cause a problem or inconvenience?
@ColinTheMathmo @blueplanetslittlehelper @Nyx it’s usually preferred to put one at the end and the beginning of whatever emphasis you’re going for, but, for me, I just need an opening one, without a closing one. It’s better practice to put an opening one and a closing one. Also, love #markdown. It makes HTML a whole lot easier to edit. I also use #Fountain
@Seirdy I hear what you say, but when I want to capture emphasis as I would have it in speech, the former better captures *how* I'm trying to express things. I find it *much* easier to communicate stress and emphasis by marking the words, rather than trying to use other, or extra, words.
It's hard ... language is weird.
@ColinTheMathmo @Seirdy @Mayana @Nyx
I don't think that language is weird per se, but since communication comprises much more than the words we choose to say (and even they could have a different meaning, f.i. inside jokes), written conversation has to use crutches to make up for this (and the character limit here on my instance and my different native tongue don't help either).
@ColinTheMathmo Thanks for this reminder and the subsequent one about emphasis characters (vs. all caps). When I reactivated here a few days ago, it was in a gaggle of friends whose in-house joking could easily include all caps due to sloppy practice across other media.
@harmonygritz It's easy to have in-jokes and humour among friends that are unintentionally exclusionary. Sometimes it doesn't matter, but at the very least it's worth being aware of it, and small changes can back a big difference to some people.
@ColinTheMathmo I’ve been “training” by making myself capitalize even single-word hashtags even though that’s not strictly necessary, just to get my brain used to camel case.
@lwriemen I expect not, but I have no direct personal experience of using a screen reader so I don't know for sure.
Logic tells me that the thing that matters is finding the separation between words.
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