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In which I rant about Twitter and quoted tweets

I am so annoyed with Twitter’s changes to the quoted tweet that I actually decided to write a blog post about it! I posted a mild rant on Twitter the other day about the change to quoting a tweet: What is with the new quote style on #Twitter iOS app? Is quoted tweet an image?? If yes, that’s bad for accessibility. If you view that link, you will see a long discussion mostly in Danish. From my other account, @accesstechcomm, I retweeted my mild rant. There, I got a reply from @patrick_h_lauke where he said it IS announced reasonably using VO (though getting some funky focus/context issues it seems), so not just image Funky seems to be an inappropriate word to use with a user experience. (VO is VoiceOver, the built-in (built-in!!) screenreader on Apple products.) It was a relief to find @aardrian’s blog post about the quoted tweet thing…

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Show some respect for invisible illnesses!

Let’s get some respect for people with invisible illnesses here, OK? The Molly’s Fund blog has an explanation about invisible illness that you should go read. That link is courtesy of @pfanderson – thank you! However, that post has two images of things to say and things not to say to someone with an invisible illness, and there is no alternative text (alt text) for those who cannot read the text in the image. Therefore, I am posting them here with some alt text. 10 things to say to someone with an invisible illness I confess that I have a quibble with some of these, but I will say that 1, 2, 3, 9, and 10 are definitely spot on. How are you doing today? Is there anything I can do to make things easier? I am here for you, whatever you need. It must be very difficult to have…

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My first UA Europe conference – but not my last!

I couldn’t turn down an opportunity to visit Krakow. A brand new city and country for me to visit. Yay! It involved attending (and speaking at) a technical communication conference. Mixing a conference and tourism is my geeky idea of a vacation. UA Europe is a technical communication conference held in different cities around Europe each year. This year, Krakow was host to the event. I flew in the night before the conference began (like, at midnight) and stayed on for 2 days for some sightseeing. The Technical Documentation Manager from my company attended the conference, too, so we split the session between us. This blog post is a summary of the talks I attended. The notes are lightly cleaned up raw scribbles. If I had any thought bubbles to share publicly, I include them here in square brackets. If I take time to edit these raw scribbles into a…

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