I have implemented some small changes to make Stuff Queer People Need To Know more accessible. Luckily, I host through WordPress, which already does a pretty good job of making blogs accessible.
Some of the features outlined below I was already doing, so almost every single post has them, but some are only available on newer posts. I am trying to implement all of these features on the archive, but it has nearly 600 posts, so it will take me a while.
I provide links to and descriptions of videos, and I use a captioned version when I can find them. Same goes for audio content.
This blog is HTML based, so it should load in every browser on every operating system and platform. And this blog shouldn’t override your default browser settings.
There aren’t many, but any potentially triggering posts have a warning.
All posts are safe for work and appropriate for all age groups, but keep in mind, having this site in your browsing history may out you.
For visually impaired people and/or people using a screen reader:
- I use easier-to-read black text on a white background.
- To alter text size on a PC, press ctrl and + or -. On a Mac, press apple or command and + or -. If using the Opera browser, press shift and + or -.
- Navigation tools are at the top of the page.
- I put my blog roll on a separate page, instead of the sidebar, so people don’t have to listen to the same list of links every time they visit my blog.
- There are no captchas.
- I use descriptive links that don’t automatically open in a new window.
- Everything that I have control over is coded in HTML. I use < em > < /em > for italics, and < strong > < /strong > for bold. I code in lowercase and always close tags.
- Relevant images have brief descriptions underneath them. Hover the cursor over a photo for a more detailed alt descriptions (screen readers should read alt descriptions automatically).
- I use headings and subheadings to break up long posts.
- I try to keep tags and categories to a minimum, so people do not have to listen to a bunch of them at the end of each post.
While I have implemented these changes to make Stuff Queer People Need To Know more accessible, I know it’s not perfect and I can only see this blog from my perspective. If you are experiencing difficulty accessing content, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact form.