The Tink Tank

The Tink Tank is the personal blog of Léonie Watson, sometimes known as Tink. If you're curious you can find out about Tink.

Thoughts on screen reader detection

Posted on February 27th 2014, in Web life.

The subject of screen reader detection has been under discussion lately. It isn’t something I’m comfortable with, so I’d like to share the reasons why.

Inaccessible Cyber Streetwise website

Posted on February 21st 2014, in Web life.

The Cyber Streetwise website was launched by the UK Home Office in January. Developed by Nudge Digital, Cyber Streetwise is a high profile website intended to change attitudes towards online security. It is also a complete travesty when it comes to accessibility.

Dauphinoise potatoes

Posted on December 7th 2013, in Recipe book.

Dauphinoise potatoes are ridiculously easy to make, gloriously indulgent, and absolutely delicious. They go well with everything from a lamb roast to a good steak, but especially with duck confit.

Generate 2013: A Rock n Roll Guide to HTML5 & ARIA

Posted on September 13th 2013, in Slide decks.

Generate 2013 was the first conference from .Net magazine. I was asked to join the inaugural lineup, and to speak about HTML5 and ARIA. Slide deck The slide deck from A Rock n Roll Guide To HTML5 and ARIA is available on Slideshare. A Rock n Roll Guide to HTML5 & ARIA

Accessibility Summit 2013: Accessible DOM scripting with ARIA

Posted on September 10th 2013, in Slide decks.

The Environments for Humans Accessibility Summit 2013was a two day online conference. I was asked to join a lineup of speakers from the web industry, and to talk about accessible DOM scripting with ARIA. Slide deck The slide deck for my Accessible DOM scripting with ARIA presentation is available on Slideshare. Accessible DOM scripting with […]

Jaws, IE & the Forms region bug

Posted on July 31st 2013, in Web life.

There is an unusual problem with Jaws and Internet Explorer that causes the word “region” to be announced before every field in a form. Fortunately there is a workaround until the problem itself is resolved.

Joseph Karr O’Connor’s Spaghetti & meatballs

Posted on June 10th 2013, in Recipe book.

The tenth in a series of posts that bring together the two sides of my blog: Food and technology. I’ve asked the great and the good from the web standards community to share their favourite recipes. Next up is a beautifully written Italian classic from Joseph Karr O’Connor, Section 508 educator, accessibility consultant, and the […]

Screen readers, ARIA & HTML5 (too much information)

Posted on April 12th 2013, in Web life.

Most current screen readers support ARIA to one extent or another, and many now support some features of HTML5 as well. With ARIA and HTML5 making increasing amounts of semantic data available to screen reader users, it’s really easy to inadvertently overload people with too much information. Let’s take an example that crops up from […]

Graham Armfield’s Aubergine pasta

Posted on March 26th 2013, in Recipe book.

The ninth in a series of posts that bring together the two sides of my blog: Food and technology. I’ve asked the great and the good from the web standards community to share their favourite recipes. Next up is an easy pasta dish from Graham Armfield, accessibility consultant, active supporter of Make WordPress Accessible, and […]

Solving the longdesc problem

Posted on March 8th 2013, in Web life.

The Image Description extension re-introduces the longdesc attribute to HTML. Although most people recognise that longdesc is flawed, finding a viable alternative has proved surprisingly difficult. For now longdesc is the best solution we have, but in the interests of finding a better option perhaps it’s helpful to take a step back and look at […]