Please consider writing your hashtags in upper camelcase so screen readers have a chance at figuring them out.
#whyistayonmastodon sounds like an giant undecipherable mess of sounds.
#WhyIStayOnMastodon reads out "Why I Stay On Mastodon" 😄
(Reason #44 I stay here: my previous requests like this have been generally well-received, proving that most people are awesome.)
@jond I had no idea what that hash tag was supposed to say until you posted this. Thanks for that!
@mike Nice! As in many cases, it turns out that doing better accessibility work makes the thing more accessible to everyone, not just the original target audience. 😃
I've opened a bug for you:
@jond ah, this makes sense! I'll keep it in mind for next time, thank you
@jond in addition, it's also much easier to read for everybody: https://icosahedron.website/@bvtsang/100493797028995022
I'll never write in camel case of my own volition. GAWD camel is horrid.
@jond I had no idea who Tay was, now this makes more sense.
@notclacke So I've heard. *sigh* Seems like such a bad design decision. :/
@jond cool sugestion. i also think the screen readers could figure 95% of these out. if you've got some proper names or places or what not it gets dicey but honestly it'd be a problem i wouldn't be afraid to put in front of fresh-out-of-college potential new-hires during an interview. still down, and it is easier for humans to parse too, but demand more from your software too.
@jond Why _is_ Tay on Mastodon
@jond when I first read the first one I thought it said "Why is Tay on Mastodon?" and I got so fucking confused
@jond what's a screen reader?
@Efi software that reads what's on the screen for e.g. blind people.
@jond I did not know that. Thanks for the tip!
@jond Yes! I saw a request of this some months ago, and have adapted it since! It' sjust one of those things one may not think of if you don't use screen readers.
So thank you for sharing :>
@jond I did not know that! I'll start doing that. (it's also easier to read anyway)
@jond i call it PascalCase
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Using camelCase also helps many Dyslexics compared to "alphabet soup". Does it help you to have a capital letter as first letter?
@Wifi_cable lowerCamelCase works identically to UpperCamelCase in NVDA (my reader of choice), so either is fine for me. I'm not sure from whom I picked up the rule to prefer one over the other... or if the conditions that spawned that are even still a concern.
@jond Everyone has preferences in choosing and spelling variable names, method names or hashtag names. (I was not sure if lower vs upper camel case had an impact on screen readers)
@jond Took me a while to figure out the tag wasn't "why is tay on maston"
@jond It's also helpful to humans! I read that hashtag as Why Is Tay On Mastodon, which is an interesting but different question.
@jond and it seems like Mastodon hash tags are case-insensitive, so this is a win for everyone 😊
@jond I always try to do this, however the UI is a bit frustrating in that it autocompletes an existing lowercase hashtag and insists on replacing it, I have to hit escape to get out of it. :smile:
@jond But why *is* Tay on Mastodon?
It's more readable for normal humans too
@jond Thanks for that advice! I never thought, that screenreaders work with that part of a message! 👍 😮
@jond Why Is Tay On Mastodon anyway?
@jond it is better readable that way for all :)
I wondered who "tay" is and why it's a hashtag to discuss why tay is on Mastodon. 😁
@jond I'm not sure if it was you previously, but I've started doing that to help those who need screen readers.
Question: what about single-word hashtags? Can those be lowercase?
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