This time of year is great for my RSS reader. 24accessibility 24ways and Notist are especially fab.

Endless practical advice coming from 24accessibility this year. Just read ‘I Threw Away my Mouse’ (inspired by Laura Carvajal) by Manuel Matuzović and it has so many examples of common issues and best-practice corrections for keyboard navigation.

‪Have any folks using macOS (especially Mojave) found a workable replacement for Dragon dictation? They have helpfully told my brother they won’t support Mojave and will no longer continue development for macOS just two months after charging him £200 for the software 😡‬

Because I’ve been living under a social media rock, I didn’t realise there was an update to @heydon’s Inclusive Components book. Inclusive modal dialogs! (Useful after all the whinging I’ve done about modals lately…)

Only €18, you should treat yourself:

‪Safari folks: use “Request Desktop Site” from the iOS share menu to nope your way out of amp pages.‬

‪(Do this before sharing URLs to protect your friends from Google tracking too.)‬

On the topic of these consent flows, here you can see an approved GDPR-compliant flow. It’s not worth it. It’s impossible to make a good experience out of gaining consent for collecting people’s personal data. It’s too risky and expensive to build a business model from it.

‪I’m now sold on booking conference travel ourselves, thanks to Rachel Andrew ‬


So @laura and I will be presenting a keynote at the Think About! conference in Cologne next year.

Come by and say hi if you can :indieHeart:

What happens when you watch my BBC Ideas video on Surveillance Capitalism or if you embed it on your own site?

That’s right… you get tracked! And you expose your visitors to third-party tracking.

Isn’t #SurveillanceCapitalism fun?


This article explains well how our location data is used. While it goes into some detail on how children are also tracked, it doesn’t cover how dangerous this can be to vulnerable and marginalised people. Or how also exposes readers to similar trackers. (Also posted to @indie)

Still catching up with 24Accessibility posts for this year, but I just read Olivier Nourry’s on ‘How Ableism Leads to Inaccessibility’. It’s a must-read:

This is a next-level anti-GDPR dark pattern from Forbes.

I selected that I only wanted the “required cookies” (no cookies should be required to read a text article.) “This may take up to a few minutes to process.” 🤔

Been doing a lot of regex-ing lately, trying to reformat a load of blog posts on my site. So satisfying writing expressions that work. Wouldn’t have been able to do it without RegExr. Not just a fab tool, but a good learning resource too.

This morning I found a site with 231 trackers. Feel like I should sadly shout BINGO or something.

The worst way to start a privacy policy is with a condescending excuse.

‪If you use modals for cookie/consent dialogs, please test them across devices. I’m fed up with using dev tools to access content because the modal wasn’t tested on a narrow viewport.‬

‪And don’t use third-party services to provide this functionality. It is both risky and ironic.‬

💙 New blocking rules! On 30th November 2018 Laura fixed three broken sites, blocked first-party targeted ads on three sites, and blocked fourteen new trackers.

To get the new rules, choose ‘Update rules’ from Better’s menu.

‪Just found a news site (they’re usually the worst) loading javascript from 93 different third-party domains. NINETY-THREE. ‬

‪Most of those scripts are from ad networks, 9 of them are ad networks that begin with the word “ad.”‬

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