When you write hashtags, remember to use CamelCase (where each word has a capital letter).

This makes it much easier for blind and partially-sighted people's screen reader apps to read the hashtag out loud, and makes your message much more accessible.

For example #DogsOfMastodon is easier for a screen reader to say out loud than #dogsofmastodon, as CamelCase makes it obvious where the words are.

#FediTips #MastoTips #Accessibility #A11y #Hashtags #ScreenReaders

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"Learning to program has no more to do with designing interactive software than learning to touch type has to do with writing poetry"

-- Ted Nelson

it's not free software if the community around it gatekeeps anyone who isn't a neurotypical ablebodied nonqueer white man from accessing it.

In the french/catholic culture, a Libera is a funeral song.

Question: is Libera.chat marking the death of Freenode, or IRC as a whole?

MULDER: "Scully... have you ever heard of a concept called 'Value Drift'?"
SCULLY: "I believe so, is that when a game theoretical agent's goals diverge from how they were initially?"
MULDER: "I think that has happened to the foundations of mathematics."
SCULLY: "My god Mulder, you're not suggesting that the axiom of choice is going rogue?"
MULDER: "Gone rogue, Scully. How else would you explain the duplicated quantum states we found at the crime scene? Banach-Tarski fits the profile."

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#GMail is harmful to e-mail ecosystem; its antispam blocking policy matches too many valid messages as spam.

It blocked LastPass email leak warning email, because it contained "a link" to a leaked site.

It blocked an e-mail from goverment agency addressed directly to me.

It discriminates all non-gmail servers, and it's pretty much impossible to own a private SMTP server these days, because GMail will classify everything as spam.

It's not how e-mail should work.

Consider dropping GMail.

I have encountered more image descriptions on Mastodon in 24 hours than I have in Twitter in a couple of years. Seriously. I'm not exaggerating.
As a blind person, this means a lot to me. If you read this and you describe your images, thank you so, so, so much on behalf of all of us. If you don't, now you know you'll be helping random Internet strangers make sense of your posts by typing in a few more words than usual.

Boosts appreciated.
I'm close to moving back to Windows. I can't tell you how frustrating it is to hold oneself back, deny oneself better and easier accessibility in the name of open source, when many open source developers don't give a crap about accessibility, and/or don't educate themselves on it. KDE connect, GSConnect, all were inaccessible for one reason or another, not the least because of Gnome-shell's terrible accessibility issues. That was just the last straw. With the only thing holding me to Linux being Emacs+Emacspeak, I think its time to quit Linux and just use what actually works. It's interesting how being "free" just means being under the power and whim of other people, a mass of developers who have no insentive for accessibility, rather than a cohesive company who does. This is serious, and I want every developer to understand this, understand my deep frustration with FOSS.

#FOSS #Linux #KDE #a11y #accessibility #Windows #comunism #capitalism #software #developers

The ramifications of this proposition are huge: no more dispute on the GNU name, and GNU/Linux is now Stallman/Linus which is what he always wanted.

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I propose for the GNU Project and FSF to be merged into a brand new organization named Stallman Fanboys.

Today we're kicking off the #GNU Assembly!


This is a new umbrella for GNU people seeking transparent decision-making and built around consensus. It's the result of a decade of struggle to make #GNU inclusive, transparent, and community-driven.

#GNU contributors: consider joining!

#FreeSoftware activists: help us spread the word!

Fellow #GNU hackers Andy Wingo (of Guile) and Mark J. Wielaard (of Classpath, GCC, and more) share their thoughts after the decision of @fsf to reinstate RMS:


@fsf It's a shame that the secretive insiders "buddy club" that is the FSF Board of Directors put personal friendships ahead of the good of Free Software and the good work of the FSF staff itself. (Not to mention LP contributors.)

Founders Syndrome is real and it can destroy even the most meaningful organizations.

We call for the @fsf Board to resign in light of the recent reinstatement of #RMS.


I am disappointed by the @fsf decision to reinstate RMS. Until the situation changes I shall be boycotting you.

I am sad to do this because you do good work. But the reinstatement of RMS is problematic for all manner of reasons and I can't be a part of that.


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