Stop using the abbreviation "a11y".

If you're obfuscating the word you use to talk about accessiblity, you're not actually particularly interested in accessibility.

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@noelle Omg I don't even understand what it's supposed to mean. Thanks a lot for your post, which was really necessary imo!


@akirapink @testoceratops @noelle it's supposed to be "accessibility" with the 11 letters between A and Y removed, and replaced with 11 so it looks like ally

Which is the kind of cutesy wordplay people like, but especially in this case there's good reasons not to do it

@Louisa @akirapink @noelle Oh this... That's a disaster. When I see people using it for full sentences or in their username I can't help thinking about screen readers and how a nightmare it must be to deal with stuff like that... Even myself I don't understand and it gives me headaches

@Louisa @akirapink @testoceratops @noelle iirc it's based on the prior use of i18n and l10n for internationalization and localization, which i suspect got adopted solely to avoid having to decide between American and British spelling

Nerds, y'all. We're bad at naming things. Never let us name things.

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