Funcertainty (sic) with WAVE

I had the surreal experience not too long ago of working with another developer and seeing radically different results through the WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool. While he saw only 2 errors, I saw over 300.

After comparing notes, we realized I was using the Chrome Extension while he was using the online version of the WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool. This wouldn’t normally matter, but the development server was using HTTP (port 80) instead of HTTPS (port 443). Since the online WAVE tool was using HTTPS, it was blocking out large portions of the content from the development server which contained issues.

What’s the takeaway?

  • If your development server still uses HTTP, you should upgrade to HTTPS
  • Use a WAVE browser extension instead of the online WAVE tool

How I Got Rid Of Moto Camera’s “Camera Error: Please Restart Camera” Problem

Several months ago, the camera app on my Moto G5 Plus phone began to intermittently malfunction when I opened it. Instead of letting me take a picture, I’d get an error message of “Camera Error: Please Restart Camera.” I would close and restart the app four or five times before finally being able to take a picture– by which time I’d have missed the opportunity to capture the picture I’d wanted.

Incredibly frustrating! I tried the suggestions on the support website, but none of them helped and the problem persisted.

Here’s how I finally chose to deal with the problematic Moto Camera app:

  1. Installed Mark Harman’s Open Camera App.
  2. Tested the Open Camera app to make sure it worked properly on my phone (i.e. it takes pictures, uploads them to Google Photos, etc.)
  3. Remove Moto Camera from the Home Screen’s Dock.
  4. Add Open Camera to the Home Screen Dock.
  5. Open the App Drawer, then press & hold on the Moto Camera app until the “App Info” menu item appears.
  6. Click on “App Info” and then click on the “Disable” button.
  7. Confirm you want to disable and uninstall the Moto Camera app.

Your mileage may vary, of course, but my phone camera opens reliably now.