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“The only problem with the crowdsourced image descriptions that have become popular on Tumblr is that Tumblr is an intensely inaccessible site to begin with. The Dashboard requires Javascript and lacks many features required for accessibility. Most themes are inaccessible to some degree or would present very annoying information.

For example HTML’s ALT attribute, the typical web standard for where image descriptions go. Tumblr’s theming framework handles this with a tag called “PhotoAlt”. However, Tumblr does not provide an actual means for entering descriptive Alt text. So, Tumblr simply repeats the information you’ve entered into the Caption field when posting the image. Therefore, a user who is using a screen reader will hear everything in your post twice. Further, as this post proves the Caption field is often well beyond 90 characters (the accessibility guideline limit for Alt text).

This doesn’t mean you should avoid crowdsourced image descriptions, of course. This means that Tumblr needs to get their shit together and fix their implementation of basic HTML standards. Tumblr could fix this by simply creating a field that accepts up to 90 characters of descriptive alt text for each image. Also get rid of that awful Flash based image slide show.

This is all based on ongoing research I am doing with accessibility and Tumblr. I’m hoping to compile an actual helpful guide at some point for how people can make their Tumblr’s accessible (because almost none of your Tumblr’s are accessible right now)

via Harper, Michael David. He talks more about why Tumblr’s accessibility sucks and gives us an example of what The Daily What “looks” like after its been passed through a screen reader here.  (via molly-ren)

(via lakalenyu-deactivated20111225)

fiercelynative:

[image: text that reads “tumblr. [line break] I propose tumblr should  adopt a way to report abuse on user accounts and posts. [line break] We  currently report users by email. [line break] This is a ridiculously  inefficient and unproductive way to regulate a site with millions of  users. [line break] This method means that many incidences of hate  speech, spamming, and violent personal threats are never reported. [line  break]  We need a simple and easy to use system to deal with people  violating the TOS on tumblr. [line break] Please reblog if you agree!]
Caption provided by numol, pilfered because I wanted to reblog with this commentary.
genderbitch:

kalamah:

That, and also a blocking method that actually works. As it is now, all blocking does is make the person vanish from your dash (as far as I can tell), which does nothing to stop them from reading your tumblr and reblogging things. Tumblr is really terrible about privacy and security, unlike other popular blogging sites. When even Facebook has a more efficient blocking system, there’s a problem.

Additions^^^^
Blocking also doesn’t keep people from sending you asks.

Mentioned this before and do not want to harp on it but seeing as it is relevant here: something that would also be nice, perhaps, is a support staff that actually does something about harassment when you do email them, instead of just telling you to use the (flawed) block feature and lecturing you on your harasser’s right to freedom of speech and how that trumps your right to not have gendered slurs lobbed at you when you inform them that, ODDLY ENOUGH, their white dudebro opinion on what sort of activism does or does not improve the lives of native people takes an epic, stretch limo backseat to the opinions of ACTUAL NATIVE PEOPLE?

hell yes to ALL of this.

fiercelynative:

[image: text that reads “tumblr. [line break] I propose tumblr should adopt a way to report abuse on user accounts and posts. [line break] We currently report users by email. [line break] This is a ridiculously inefficient and unproductive way to regulate a site with millions of users. [line break] This method means that many incidences of hate speech, spamming, and violent personal threats are never reported. [line break]  We need a simple and easy to use system to deal with people violating the TOS on tumblr. [line break] Please reblog if you agree!]

Caption provided by numol, pilfered because I wanted to reblog with this commentary.

genderbitch:

kalamah:

That, and also a blocking method that actually works. As it is now, all blocking does is make the person vanish from your dash (as far as I can tell), which does nothing to stop them from reading your tumblr and reblogging things. Tumblr is really terrible about privacy and security, unlike other popular blogging sites. When even Facebook has a more efficient blocking system, there’s a problem.

Additions^^^^

Blocking also doesn’t keep people from sending you asks.

Mentioned this before and do not want to harp on it but seeing as it is relevant here: something that would also be nice, perhaps, is a support staff that actually does something about harassment when you do email them, instead of just telling you to use the (flawed) block feature and lecturing you on your harasser’s right to freedom of speech and how that trumps your right to not have gendered slurs lobbed at you when you inform them that, ODDLY ENOUGH, their white dudebro opinion on what sort of activism does or does not improve the lives of native people takes an epic, stretch limo backseat to the opinions of ACTUAL NATIVE PEOPLE?

hell yes to ALL of this.

(via lakalenyu-deactivated20111225)

“The only problem with the crowdsourced image descriptions that have become popular on Tumblr is that Tumblr is an intensely inaccessible site to begin with. The Dashboard requires Javascript and lacks many features required for accessibility. Most themes are inaccessible to some degree or would present very annoying information.

For example HTML’s ALT attribute, the typical web standard for where image descriptions go. Tumblr’s theming framework handles this with a tag called “PhotoAlt”. However, Tumblr does not provide an actual means for entering descriptive Alt text. So, Tumblr simply repeats the information you’ve entered into the Caption field when posting the image. Therefore, a user who is using a screen reader will hear everything in your post twice. Further, as this post proves the Caption field is often well beyond 90 characters (the accessibility guideline limit for Alt text).

This doesn’t mean you should avoid crowdsourced image descriptions, of course. This means that Tumblr needs to get their shit together and fix their implementation of basic HTML standards. Tumblr could fix this by simply creating a field that accepts up to 90 characters of descriptive alt text for each image. Also get rid of that awful Flash based image slide show.

This is all based on ongoing research I am doing with accessibility and Tumblr. I’m hoping to compile an actual helpful guide at some point for how people can make their Tumblr’s accessible (because almost none of your Tumblr’s are accessible right now)

via Harper, Michael David. He talks more about why Tumblr’s accessibility sucks and gives us an example of what The Daily What “looks” like after its been passed through a screen reader here.  (via molly-ren)

Because, of course, captions are only there for the benefit of people with screen readers and never benefit people who’s internet connection chokes on loading pictures or who have vision issues that are not sufficient to require a screen reader but could occasionally cause them to miss important details.

Nope, definitely not people like that.  I never take advantage of captions.

(Tumblr still needs to get its shit together about this, of course.)

(via thenameoftheworms)

{ The Ableism of Anti-Trigger-Warning Sentiment and Why it Matters }

fuckyeahtriggerwarnings:

You, most likely, have already read the post that inspired this little rant. But I’m not going to link to it. Mainly because no one reading this deserves to be exposed to the OP’s fuckery again and partially because because this seems to be a universal problem, and it seems to operate thusly:

Step 1: People with disabilities develop a system that allows us to be safe and active in a discourse, much of which is about us and our safety (think image descriptions on PWD websites). Hooray for accessibility!

But then, Step 2: A Privileged Fuck comes along and says, “waiiiit, there are all of these self-advocating PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES out here and they seem to be challenging my right to blather on about other people’s lived experiences. Oh noes!” And thus, ableist slurs/image descriptions/transcripts/trigger warnings for PTSD survivors become really fucking contentious issues.

Until, Step 3: the people with the disability in question either

A. give up on participating in that particular community (which invariably spends, I’ll say it again, a lot of time discussing the lived experience of those self-same people) or

B. stop participating in actual, mutually-beneficial conversations amongst community members and instead spend all of their energy trying to show the Privileged Fuck why ze needs to stop jeopardizing our access to the community. This will go on for as long as Privileged Fuck holds out before realizing what an asshole they look like.

Either way, the outcome is the same: contesting the basic accessibility rights of a PWD can almost guarantee you that this person—and everyone with that person’s disability—will shut the fuck up about whatever it is they were saying before you implied that they had no right to occupy space in your little online universe.

For survivors, and other people with post-traumatic reactions, any vague threat to our communities’ emphasis on trigger warnings functions exactly like the phenomenon above. We become terrified that this threat will actually be realized, that trigger warnings will seem “antiquated” or “too sensitive,” and that we will never be able to participate safely in conversations about our own experience of rape/abuse/violence.

And so, comments like, “why do you need a trigger warning?” or “aren’t you being over the top?” aren’t just offensive, they’re debilitating. Because they require us to drop absolutely everything we were working on before and focus solely on defending our right to exist here, online, in the communities we’ve helped build without fearing for our psychological safety.

When you divert survivors’ attention from rape culture, you perpetuate rape culture.

When you divert soldiers’ attention from the evils of the military-industrial complex, you perpetuate the military-industrial complex.

When you divert the attention of people who’ve suffered systematic abuse from combating systematic abuse, you. perpetuate. that. abuse.

This is about way more than just “hurt feelings” or “hiding from the truth.” This is about our survival as people, as a community, and as a social justice movement.

(via sdfwe4332-deactivated20120124)

{ Heck yeah image descriptions }

eateroftrees:

jhameia:

sqbr:

I’ve posted before about why I think people should add image/video descriptions, but a common response is “I can’t imagine many people who need them would use tumblr”.

So I asked some disabled fans and sure enough, there are people on tumblr who use these descriptions (and not always because of visual problems or any sort of disability). Since (a)People who have trouble with some images etc may be able to access others (but would appreciate having the ones they can’t made more accessible too) and (b)Sometimes irritatingly inaccessible things have no accessible equivalent so you put up with it.

I realise that detailed descriptions and transcripts can be a pain (my own energy/cognitive issues mean I often can’t do more than a vague description myself) But if possible, when you post an image, video, or audio clip think about whether or not there’s a short simple description you could add which would help get across the point to someone who can’t access the content fully or at all. Two obvious examples are transcribing images of a single sentence of text and giving the artist and title of videos and music.

Oh, and if you’re not going to do descriptions yourself, please at least don’t remove them when other people do. That’s just frustrating.

If you read this tumblr and DO use these descriptions: is the way I do them helpful, or would you rather I did it differently?

(I’m now wondering about DeviantArt and the Homestuck fanart boards, which are the two other places I tend to post images, and where one might assume noone needs image descriptions but probably not be entirely correct)

I have to say that I love video transcripts. I don’t know if it counts as a disability, but sometimes I don’t listen very well (not like, I’m not paying attention, but like, I hear the words but sometimes they’re not meaningful to me, or just not registering in my brain what’s happening, especially with difficult ideas), so I’m much more comfortable having something to read along, especially if it’s a speech or lecture where there aren’t a lot of visual signifiers of what’s going on. 

So, people who do video transcripts, I heart you muchly. 

Things with color in them where recognizing what color things are is important.  Seriously colorblindness is really common and not usually a problem for things but occassionally it can be serious.  Especially with like, charts or maps that are colorcoded (though I’m not really sure how you’d go about transcribing those because they tend to be complex)

And images with just text, because those are super easy to transcribe and when I had issues with my internet being super slow they were frequently completely inaccessible, because pages weren’t loading embeded objects right.  Text worked fine, but pictures not at all.

eateroftrees later added:

Reblogging this again to add that another problem that occasionally will come up is people’s profile themes don’t underline links.  This is a serious problem to accessibility to colorblind people and people with monitors that don’t show colors normally (say, because they’re monochrome or broken, these do exist, and people can be too poor to replace them)

(via thenameoftheworms)

{ Random Gripe }

liquornspice:

I get really annoyed when people roll their eyes at folks who don’t vote. Or people who, whenever republicans do something evil, say, “See! This is what y’all get for not voting!”  I get especially annoyed when the people saying these things are middle class, educated, young adults on the internet.

Why does it annoy me?

Because voting is not accessible!

It just isn’t.

From registering to making it to the voting booth, there are SO MANY HURDLES for SO MANY PEOPLE! From the elderly, to folks working long hours, folks who can’t get child care, folks who don’t have transportation…what good does it do to roll your eyes at people for not voting when you could channel that ire to something meaningful— the lack of accessibility?  

And even then, for many people, it makes no goddam difference who is in office because the system itself is fucked. There is very, VERY little difference between a Democrat and a Republican here in the USA.

And, sure, the Democrat might be the lesser of two evils FOR YOU.  But for the folks who were already at the farthest reaches of the margins? They probably didn’t have the rights you’re fighting for in the first place.

Finger-wagging people for not voting sounds about the same to me as the #NoWeddingNoWomb non-tactic of saying, “Just have a baby with a GOOD man!” 

I just don’t see what it does other than shame some people so we can feel better about ourselves.

(Source: blackraincloud, via warblingbear)

{ and I should probably be doing video transcriptions as well, and will definitely do audio transcriptions (lyrics, etc.) }

technicolortimecoat:

abigq:

technicolortimecoat:

abigq:

When transcribing YouTube videos that have subtitling it is possible to download the subtitles. I used to have a bookmark to a site that would go and extract them for you but can’t find it right now. If I find it I’ll add an extra post here with the URL.

Oh, okay.

I don’t find very many videos with subtitles though.

Found it: http://disabledfeminists.com/2010/12/31/for-your-tool-box-how-to-get-youtube-captions-to-make-a-transcript/.

I was hoping the auto-captioning google/youtube have could be requested by users - since that could be useful as a starting point - but seems it’s only available for people uploading video: http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?answer=100077.

Thanks! Reblogging for other folks.

(via technicolortimecoat-deactivated)

{ Can I repeat the request to avoid animated gifs? }

technicolortimecoat:

eateroftrees:

Because honestly when I have a bad headache I start having trouble tracking things on the screen and they make it a lot harder, and can make my headaches worse.

(And, of course, there’s the whole epilepsy thing, but that doesn’t effect me)

Stick a cut and warning in, please.

Yeah, I’ve started doing this recently.

They can make things distracting for me (ADD or autism, dunno which - they both affect attention after all).

signal boost

also i think this is the post that is being referenced (EDIT: yes it is)

(Source: thenameoftheworms, via technicolortimecoat-deactivated)

{ Please Subtitle Your Work }

bearwitnessunto:

arfism:

To everyone who produces videos for the internet and otherwise. Please, please, please put the time into subtitling your work. Make it accessible for everyone. I understand it’s sometimes very time-consuming or confusing to figure out, but it’s worth it - I promise. It’s so frustrating and disheartening when I see NEW amazing, radical, educational, thought-provoking work being put out on the internet and people saying EVERYONE needs to see this… and it’s not subtitled. It happens all the time. All the time. Like 80% (probably higher) of the videos out there is not accessible.  I’m tired of this.

There are subtitling programs out there that you can download (iMovie has a subtitling option btw) to use in order to make your work subtitled. Also if you have already put your work on the internet without it being subtitled, please consider resubmitting a new version with captions, or go to Universal Subtitles and subtitle your work and place a link under your existing work so people who go to watch your work and are disappointed that it’s not subtitled will see that there’s a link to a subtitled version. It’s fairly simple - my friend made the Every Ho I Know Says So  video subtitled and says it’s very user friendly.

Please, stop and think - is your work accessible to people in your community and outside the community, if not… brainstorm up ways to make it so.

This blog Subtitle the Internet is entirely focused on subtitling and captioning videos on the internet and it’s composed by a Deaf person. Please read it if you’re unsure how to make your work subtitled.

I also have to thank my amazing friends who have taken the time to subtitle their videos or write up subtitles for videos out there that aren’t subtitled. You folks are incredible. Thank you.

p.s Please reblog to get this out there and reach people who may have never thought about subtitling before.

Reblogging with links.

I’ve never done this, but the process seems to be the following:

  1. Upload video to youTube
  2. Use http://www.overstream.net/ to create subtitles. There’s a demo video here. There’s a FAQ here.
  3. Watch this video to show you how to upload those subtitles to YouTube.

video descriptions/transcriptions are good, too.

(sorry, i know i fail at that sometimes.)

(Source: zoeenuage, via dawntidesbreeze-deactivated2012)

sharpclause:

If you create media, and you have the gall to put the word feminist in the damn title, you will make it accessible or I will bitch at you to fix it and call you an ableist shithead if you don’t.

Disabled women exist. If feminism is for women, guess who you can’t leave behind?

I’ve stopped asking nicely for captions, it’s two-thousand-fucking-eleven, it’s not like deaf and hard of hearing people landed on Earth yesterday.