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A Stark Difference

Issue No. 73

Hey there friends,

Here are our recommended reads of the week, along with a few updates we pushed out in a new release—all detailed at the bottom! 🚀

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Around the web


Article

Mindset Matters: Shaping the Brand of Disability and Creating the Marketplace of Tomorrow

“As organizations begin to understand that the disability community is a vibrant yet underserved market it is critical to re-valuate the importance of intersectionality. Business needs to once again look at the sheer numbers from demographics, market size, to economic power.  Whether a small business or a Fortune 500 corporation it is imperative that they comprehend that this is the largest minority on earth and is continuing to expand.”

Article

How blind people use forms

“Unfortunately, things don’t always work as they should. Some form questions like Google CAPTCHA may create problems for non-English speaking blind people since it vocalizes some random speech in English and asks the user to type down what was said for security verification. Çağrı said that he had a hard time understanding what was vocalized there, which kept him from being able to submit the form.

Adding Alt-text to visuals is another best practice. By visuals I mean not only images or photos but also icons and other visual elements. A detailed description of an image makes it understandable for blind people.”

Video

How technology has changed what it's like to be deaf

“Complete silence is very addictive," says Rebecca Knill, a writer who has cochlear implants that enable her to hear. In this funny, insightful talk, she explores the evolution of assistive listening technology, the outdated way people still respond to deafness and how we can shift our cultural understanding of ability to build a more inclusive world. "Technology has come so far," Knill says. "Our mindset just needs to catch up.”

Guide

The Siri section of the Human Interface Guidelines got an update

For those of you that don't know the official purpose of Siri, let me delight you with nerdy info. To put it simply:

Siri makes it easy for people to accomplish everyday tasks using voice, touch, or automation. When you use SiriKit to define the tasks and actions that your app supports, people can use Siri to perform them even when your app isn’t running. If you're an accessory maker, you can also help people use Siri to control your accessories by integrating them with HomeKit or AirPlay 2.

And well, the Siri section of Apple's Human Interface Guidelines just received an update. So if you're working on adding Siri support to your app, this is your go-to.

From Stark

🚀 New Release to Figma + Sketch

🛠 Fixed: [Figma] Contrast Check now works on elements with auto-layout.
🛠 Fixed: [Figma] Contrast check now works on instances of a component.

✨ Enhancement: [Figma + Sketch] The Colorblind Simulator is virtually instantaneous now.

Watch the video of it taking less than 14 seconds to open, run simulations, and close Stark!

🖤 Community love of the week 

Awesome to see not Robert not only spreading Stark love, but also sharing what they're using it for. Dashboards aren't easy to design, especially when they require a lot of data visualizations and a variety of colors and content to detail it.

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