A lot of blind and partially-sighted people use the Fediverse through screen readers, apps that read on-screen text aloud.
Long strings of emoji can cause problems for screen readers, because they take a long time to say out loud. They can't be skipped because it is impossible for apps to know when emoji contain useful information.
If you want to make life easier for screen reader users, use just one emoji at a time.
For example, 😄 is fine but 🙂 😋 😚 😆 😄 😞 👍 causes difficulties.
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.
As some people have pointed out, Mastodon has a tendency to suggest non-CamelCase versions of hashtags automatically.
WORKAROUND: Instead of pressing Enter to get rid of a hashtag suggestion, press Space instead. This should leave your CamelCase hashtag intact.
This is still a frustrating bug though, and if you want it corrected please give a thumbs up to this issue in the Mastodon Git:
If you post images in Mastodon, you can make them more accessible to blind or partially-sighted people by adding a text description.
After you've attached the image, click "Edit" and write the description, then click "Apply".
If there's text in the image, you can use Mastodon's text recognition system to convert it into a description by clicking "Detect text from picture". (The system isn't perfect, and you may need to tweak the text.)
Apparently, the situation is that it uses whichever capitalisation was used first, rather than favouring lower case.
If CamelCase was used first, it would correct to that.
Obviously CamelCase should be preferred, but I am not a developer so not sure how easy this would be to fix?
Workaround for this is to press space (and *not* enter) after you have written the hashtag, this keeps the hashtag as-is and closes the suggestion box.
Couldn't find any existing issue, so I have opened an issue for this. Please give it a thumbs up if you want this fixed:
@feditips aye! This has been an annoying bother since day 1! Hoping to get this small change addressed to make a big difference for readability 👍
@feditips Meanwhile, as a stopgap:
Instance Admins can change that, though it has to be done for every tag.
Go to Preferences - Moderation - Hashtags
Look for the hashtag you want to change, and click it.
You can now change the capitalisation of letters.
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