The Fediverse has a lot of blind or partially sighted members who use screen readers to listen to posts. Large groups of emoji make life difficult because the reader reads aloud each emoji's text description back to back.

βœ… You can make your posts more accessible to blind users' screen readers by only using individual emoji, and avoiding large groups of emoji.

For example πŸ˜ƒ is fine but πŸ˜€ πŸ˜† :bloblaugh: 😁 πŸ‘ πŸ˜ƒ 😜 πŸ€— :blobcatcoffee: causes problems.

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Hashtags can be difficult for blind people's screen readers, because the reading software may have trouble telling the words apart in the tag.

βœ… You can make hashtags screen reader friendly by using "CamelCase", where each word in the tag begins with a capital letter.

For example, is fine but may cause problems.

If you are posting images, you can make them more accessible by adding a text description for screen readers.

βœ… After you've attached an image, click "Edit" on it and write the description. If there is text within the image, you can add it to the description by clicking "Detect Text From Picture", which activates Mastodon's text recognition system. When you're ready, click "Apply".

The text recognition isn't perfect, it may need correcting.

@feditips
Thanks for pointing out, I'll look out next time πŸ™‚

@feditips never thought about that. Thanks for the hint!

@mischk

Indeed! CamelCase makes it easier for everyone.

@feditips
Would be super helpful if clients wouldn't remove any camel cases by using tag suggestions. Pretty sure both the Web UI and #Fedilab do this. Would be sweet if this could be changed. @Gargron @fedilab

@feditips Unfortunately Mastodon doesn't like CamelCase tags. It will automatically change it if you're not careful.

@josias

I think Masto devs said it autosuggests whichever version was first used?

Maybe it should automatically tend towards CamelCase (but I don't know how easy that is to do?).

@josias

Ok, I have looked on Masto's git and apparently it is up to the admins to make sure camel case is preserved in suggestions?

github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/

@feditips Oh okay. That's good to know. I'll see about fixing it where I can on my instance.

@feditips I was told this recently on another site (Twitter) which shall remain nameless (Twitter). Honestly, it's easier to read for those of us with good eyesight, too.

@feditips another tip: avoid putting emojis at the start of a sentence (like the checks in theses posts).

@Nora @feditips Instead use the editors "unordered list" feature? (My guess, for the post above)

@ilanti @Nora @feditips That isn't always a thing! In fact plain Mastodon will actually even /drop those on the receiving end/, because apparently having only plain text is more important than getting the post's meaning across.

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