“There’s no reason why they shouldn’t have an accessibility tag, or an “a11y” tag—Twitter speak for accessibility. If Twitch is listening, please give us that tag. We’ve been asking for over a year now,” said streamer AccessibleGamer during TwitchCon’s “Streaming With Disabilities” panel. He added that most Twitch tags describe streams themselves—not streamers—but there are exceptions for LGBTQ streamers and a couple other communities. “It would be good for people to be able to come into our communities and know what we stand for,” said fellow panelist Snugzmeow. “It would be good to be able to denote that, because there are communities on Twitch we’ve all seen that are kind of toxic, and maybe you wouldn’t want to mention things that are going on with your life there.”

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“a11y” is not specifically twitter-speak for “accessibility”. It’s general programmer speak, following the pattern of “i18n” for “internationalization” and “l10n” for “localization”, the processes of making a program work in multiple languages, and work in a specific language, respectively. The number is the number of letters being skipped - “an A, 11 other letters, then a Y”, “an I, 18 letters, then an N”.

Because when you have to email your boss an update on getting the thing to not crash with UTF-8 characters, typing “internationalization” over and over is really annoying. So we abbreviate. Twitter people (Twits?) might use the same abbreviation but they didn’t invent it.