Just in case, like me, you don't read your DW update unless you have insomnia.
From the update
written by denise:
Accessibility Win: Comment Hierarchy
As of the last code push, some of you may have already noticed a major accessibility improvement: explicit comment hierarchy indicators. This is thanks to an incredibly well-thought-out suggestion by jesse_the_k
and heroic development work by allen
. You can now go to the Display tab of Account Settings and check "Display Explicit Comment Hierarchy Indicators (site scheme only)".
If you turn on this option, when viewing comment pages in any site skin, comments will then display an outline-style explicit numbering of comment threads, allowing people who access the site via screenreader and non-graphical browser to see the relationships of comments inside a comment thread. (It will look sort of like a content outline: 0, 1, 1a, 1b, 1b1, 1b2, 1c, 1c1, etc.)
This is a major accessibility win -- one of my screenreader-using friends didn't realize until after using LJ and then DW for about five years how sighted people were figuring out which comments were replies to which -- and one I'm really, really proud of. It took us a while to figure out the best way to do it -- jesse_the_k
submitted the suggestion in February of 2010 -- but it just goes to show, once we file a bug for something, it will get added; we won't just give up on it.
As a reminder: Dreamwidth really cares about making the site accessible for you all. If you have an accessibility need that isn't being met, we want to hear about it. Because accessibility needs are different for everybody, and sometimes mutually-exclusive, we might not be able to fix the issue perfectly, but we will do our best to figure out a solution that will work for you. To notify us, you can post an entry to dw_accessibility
, or contact the accessibility team project coordinator, rb