Christian Heilmann

Tools should not only be for experts – they should turn us into them

September 15th, 2020

About eight years ago Bret Victor tried to change the way developer tools work by providing a faster and simpler way from creation to consumption. He also followed it up with a Learnable Programming Course asking for simpler development teaching courses. The presentation “Inventing on Principle” was a smash hit, despite its deplorable video quality. […]

A “right-click to show alt text” browser extension

September 3rd, 2020

A few days ago Amelia Bellamy-Royds asked on Twitter for a way to right-click any image and see its alternative text as a means to test web sites for accessibility problems. There are a lot of solutions already out there that do similar things. Accessibility Insights is one I keep using, but it feels like […]

Alt text overlay bookmarklet

August 27th, 2020

A few days ago my colleague Patrick Brosset tweeted that he has a fix for Chromium Devtools to allow for horizontal scrolling in the DOM view which sparked a response by Amelia Bellamy-Royds asking for a simpler way to display alternative text of images on the page. Now, there is already an improved way to […]

Fun project: Shakespeare Insult Generator

August 19th, 2020

This morning I released the Shakespeare Insult Generator based on a JPG I got sent by a friend on Facebook. There is no magic here, just a fun little project. This was the original: One interesting bit is that I made it easier on myself by pasting the image into OneNote. After waiting a bit […]