Aside: Mastodon post on 03/20/2023

Testing out iA Writer for my notes. I had been using Craft, which is pretty nice, but a release a few weeks ago broke the interactivity of the scrollbar, which, unfortunately, is an a11y showstopper for me.

I’ve been using iA Writer for years for writing, but never for my notes collection. So far, so good!

I might return to Craft if they fix this issue soon, tho. Great team over there doing cool stuff.

(Yes I know about Obsidian and no I can’t use it either because of a11y reasons.)

Aside: Mastodon post on 03/18/2023

For literally no reason The Hollies’ Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress popped in my head and made itself at home.

Aside: Mastodon post on 03/18/2023

How do web-based desktop apps (eg, Slack, Discord) perform compared to fully native desktop apps in terms of screen readers?

Aside: Mastodon post on 03/17/2023

Did you hear the bard’s new ditty about killing that undead wizard?

“I got 99 problems but a lich ain’t one.”

Aside: Mastodon post on 03/17/2023

What’s your favorite NASA logo?

  • The Meatball
  • The Worm
  • They have more than one logo?

Aside: Mastodon post on 03/16/2023

For the last two days at work, I’ve been able to:

  • Write plain CSS
    – Write vanilla JavaScript
    – Use a library without a build step

Breath of fresh air, let me tell you.

Aside: Mastodon post on 03/14/2023

I keep seeing a lot of posts about @eleventy so I just want to throw mine out there. I made this website for listening to synthwave mixes from YouTube.

One cool thing about Eleventy is that it can generate pages from API data, which is exactly what mine does.


Aside: Mastodon post on 03/09/2023

If the new yellow iPhone color isn't called easy peasy lemon squeezy then Apple is just wasting everyone’s time.

Aside: Mastodon post on 03/09/2023

I've been trying to figure out what it is I love about these classless (or even low-class) CSS “frameworks,” but I still can't quite put my finger on it. Anyway, here are some of my favorites so far. Please send me yours if you have any.

Aside: Mastodon post on 03/09/2023

I would love to give Obsidian a real try but there is a very obscure bug that prevents me from using many of the fancy web-based editors.

For some reason, when using certain web based editors (including Slack and Discord), the macOS Accessibility Keyboard completely stops offering word prediction, leaving me to click one letter at a time, with no completion support.

I suspect it has to do something with contenteditable because the problem doesn't occur in regular inputs.

Aside: Mastodon post on 03/01/2023

If AI ever figures out how to create believable hands in images, that's the beginning of the end for us.

Aside: Mastodon post on 02/28/2023

Every now and again I come across a web article written in a beautiful serif font.

“Ooh, who are you?” I mumble under my breath.

I inspect it in devtools only to find out it’s Georgia.

Gets me every time.

Aside: Mastodon post on 02/27/2023

You can shame me for unsubscribing from your marketing spam, but you can’t win. With each opt-out I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

Aside: Statuslog 02/23/2023


I am thinking it’s a sign that the freckles in our eyes are mirror images and when we kiss they perfectly align.

Aside: Statuslog 02/22/2023


I made an old man rant on social.lol about scrollbars and it became my most popular social media post ever. Gives me warm fuzzies that so many others care about this humble-yet-powerful UI control.

Aside: Statuslog 02/20/2023


Upgraded all of my internet gear down to the ethernet cables. Hopefully this finally solves the terrible coverage in my house. But why do these fancy routers need to look like alien tech from sci-fi?

Aside: Mastodon post on 02/17/2023

Anyone who uses or knows about screen readers… do they support scrollbars decently? Do they announce anything about length of the page or your current location on a page?

Just curious if the visual feedback scrollbars offer is represented by screen readers.

Aside: Mastodon post on 02/17/2023

ChatGPT just wrote me a beautiful short post about the merits of the scrollbar as a UI control. Guess I’ll toss it and write a rambly-yet-passionate one instead. 😓

Aside: Mastodon post on 02/16/2023

I keep saying this but… UI developers, please remember that the scrollbar isn’t only a visual indicator but a draggable, interactive control.

Don’t hide it with no easy way to reveal it. And please don’t make it so thin that it’s unduly difficult to click (yes some ppl use scrollbars this way).

Don’t assume a scroll wheel/ball/gesture is 100% available or accessible to the user.

Aside: Mastodon post on 02/16/2023

How many frontend engineers does it take to make an icon link in Vuetify? Turns out it’s 5.

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