Thursday, July 28, 2011

Updates to PhillyCollector: Accessibility for Blind Readers

One important update long overdue is to make PhillyCollector blog accessible for blind readers. Yes, Virginia, there are blind doll collectors. Big smile. Hey collectors! At this time, blind readers cannot subscribe here due to the "Subscribe" image NOT having a text alternative. Text alternatives appear instead of photographs or graphics on a web site. They are GOOD because they allow a blind or sight-impaired (sorry, I cannot and will not type "sight challenged") viewer or someone who has turned off graphics (for faster web page loading) to "read" or to "hear" what is on the web page. I have been trying to insert text alternatives here. I have not had luck. So I have to investigate - probably best among the blogging set, rather than the collecting set - oh, thinking in terms of dolls and action figures again - I mean bloggers as opposed to collectors/enthusiasts as to how to make PhillyCollector more accessible.

So far, I have found these articles helpful:

http://www.unleashwebaccess.com/2011/02/help-blind-users-read-your-blog-help-everyone/

http://www.mainecite.org/awd/accdocs/article7.html

http://www.afb.org/Section.asp?SectionID=57&TopicID=167&DocumentID=2757


However, if anyone uses the "alt image" HTML tag for his or her Blogger subscription link, please share your tips on how I could add it to a Blogger subscription link. My thanks in advance for any advice.

3 comments:

Niel Camhalla said...

Hmmm... this is so out of the box for me. I find it hard to imagine how these things works since I'm a visual person. In a way, I'm blind like that.

Thanks for opening my eye regarding this matter. I can't really see all that well with a blind person's perspective but the idea is just praiseworthy! :)

Vanessa said...

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I never thought of it before, but it is definitely something to be considered. I don't have any advice for you, as I am not that savvy with html. Keep us posted on what you find out.

D7ana said...

Hi Niel and Vanessa! Thanks for reading this post, which might seem far from PhillyCollector's central topic - playscale dolls and action figures.

I never considered the need for alt text here, but I received a request from a blind reader. I kept telling her that the subscribe link was on the right. Oh, how "blind" I was!

Anyway, I decided to "fix" the overlook. Still working on it ... thinking, etc. I'll post again when I find something concrete and doable. Thanks for your interest ;-D