jesse_the_k: Well nourished white woman riding black Quantum 4400 powerchair off the right edge, chased by the word "powertool" (JK powertool)
[personal profile] jesse_the_k
We've created a new policy for posts regarding mental health issues in this community.

Copying the changes from our profile page

This community accepts a variety of cognitive styles and welcomes everyone. You are in charge of maintaining your own safety as much as possible. Mental health issues are challenging.

Content notices/warnings/advisories/cues/clues are helpful, but there are also limitations
- the poster must understand what sort of issues need caution
- the readers must recognize what they need to avoid

Therefore: POSTING RULES re Mental Health Issues
These are rules. Err once, you're publicly warned. Err twice, you're banned for two weeks.
Moderator decisions are arbitrary and final.
ETA: These decisions are at the mods' discretion and are final
1. Use very specific titles.
not "Gloomy themes" but "Suicide in RPGs"

2. Start with brief overview
describe topic, what kind of discussion you want, what's your goal

3. Place the entire remaining post under a cut

Ask questions by messaging a mod if needed.

We hope this works for everyone, and we encourage you to comment here.

ETA to change "arbitrary" decision to "discretionary"
sasha_feather: dolphin and zebra gazing at each other across glass (dolphin and zebra)
[personal profile] sasha_feather
[personal profile] hope's post Nerdy PSA: Accessibility Tips for the Casual Coder is a good resource for how to make your blog or website more accessible for screen reader technology. Screen readers are tech that blind or sight-impaired people can use to read the internet (they read text aloud).

What I've done is bookmark this page and open it if I'm constructing a blog post in which I want to pay particular attention to access issues (say for instance one with images, but I try to do work on this generally, little by little). I also picked out a couple of things off hope's list of suggestions to work on, rather than tackling the whole list at once.


One in particular that I would like to see more of is descriptive links. Personally I'm much less likely to click on a link if I do not know where it will lead me.

So a non-descriptive link looks like: hey this is cool and pretty!

And a descriptive link looks like: Here is a cool photo on Flickr of some horses

The same link with a title tag: Photo of horses on Flickr (note how there is a text box that appears if you mouse over the link) ETA: See comments for why not to rely on title tags

Another thing to do is just tell the reader somewhere in your post where your links direct. For example. Hey, I like the movie Pitch Black (link goes to IMDB).


Here is the code for including a warning that is accessible for a screen reader. (Warnings are for posts/stories that have triggering content or triggering language).

(<a title="Skip this Warning" href="#skip">skip</a>)<span title="This is a spoiler. Highlight to read." style="color:#666;background-color:#666;">
</span><a name="skip"></a>

which creates:

The "skip" link lets a speaking web browser stay silent about the warning.

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