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A quote on a dark tan background reading, "I believe in accessibility. I believe in honesty and a culture that supports that. And you can't have that if you're not open to receiving feedback. ~ Mindy Grossman" The watermark reading www.alternativewiring.com is on the lower righthand side of the image.

I’ve been writing internet content for a while now. One of the most important things you learn while you’re figuring out what works and what doesn’t is that format matters.

When writing for the internet, short, concise wording is best, and longer articles should always have some sort of header separating sections so the reader can just scroll to whatever interests them the most.

When I originally started this blog, I started learning more about dyslexia and Irlen syndrome. I personally prefer to have a dark background with lighter coloring, but the majority of people seem to prefer cream-like background colors. Font is important, too.

That said, I’ll probably be trying to make a few minor changes to the blog’s current color scheme and font. I’m a little restricted by WordPress themes, but I’m sure I can figure it out eventually.

I’ve been chatting with folks with diminished vision, recently. They have me rethinking how I handle image alt-text and screen readers via blog layout. Because of that, I wandered over to the plugin section of my dashboard and downloaded a few options to try.

I’ve just put one on the blog, which should show up as a button immediately before the title of this blog entry. It should read the entry out loud when pressed. It seemed to work well for me, though it didn’t recognize image captions or alt text.

A screenshot of this blog highlighting the "Listen to post" button over the post title and under the "Home" signifier.It’ll be there through the end of January, at which point I’ll make note of any feedback I get about it and try the next option to see if it works better.

For the record, this will also be a topic for one of next month’s chats.

All of that said, although I am open to suggestions on how to make this page more accessible, it’s also important to realize I’m restricted by things like funds, knowledge and tool availability. I’ll do everything I can to optimize the blog for everyone, but I can’t promise that everything will work, or that it’ll be done quickly.


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