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MIPTC Makes Accessibility Improvements

MIPTC is proud to announce some accessibility improvements you might not have noticed, but our differently-abled readers (and listeners) will appreciate.  These changes owe a hat tip to Skye Kilean and her seminar at BloGher.  Thanks Skye!

If you'll look closely, then you'll notice that this text is much easier to read.  That's because we eliminated a design element in MIPTC's background.  The background used to be textured, but no longer.  Apparently, those readers with limited sight had a difficult time distinguishing the text because the background had small elements of grey in it that interfered with the black text.  Now, with the dark black text against a solid, bright background it's much easier to read.

For our readers who use a text reader to have MIPTC read out loud, you'll no longer have to listen to our entire blogroll.  For those who don't use them, text readers read from top left of a page to bottom right, something I didn't know because I've never used a text reader.  Now, however, we've made it easier for our non-sighted readers.  We've added "skip to content" navigation code for text readers that will jump from the masthead directly to the most current post.  That way, the text reader won't read (speak) the entire blogroll any longer on the left navigation bar. 

Finally, we've made a slight change to the links.  For readers who have full or slight color blindness, it's difficult to distinguish the hyperlinks after clicking on them and following the hyperlink in the new window that pops open.  When those readers return to MIPTC, they couldn't distinguish what links they had clicked on and which ones they hadn't.  So, now we've changed our code so they links change color from maroon to grey (to more closely match the black text).  The change will help non-color blind readers, too.

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Wednesday, August 30, 2006


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