Sod’s law dictates that as soon as I plan to do something blog related these days, real life intervenes. Bleh.
But I’ve been thinking a lot about how to go about the accessible blog templates idea and jotted down a few notes. Thoughts, ideas, criticisms all welcomed!
I’ve plenty spare.
opensauce (taken dammit!)
I’m betting that you lot can come up with better than these!
Ideas please! (when we’ve got the name sorted)
Include a button for linking back to spread the word.
How about a blog format where all participants have logins.
* The main section is devoted to the templates and would follow a set pattern
– a small screenshot of the template (link to larger shot)
– the code zipped (with any graphics)
– install notes, etc.
– name of the author, link to site
* Categories for 1, 2, 3 column template and for blogging software [so that visitors can sort by Blogger, MT, WordPress, etc.]
* Create a gallery of thumbnails sorted by 1, 2, 3 columns? Later, if necessary?
* Each post would have open comments to allow questions and discussion on the template
* In the FAQ or a seperate “How to” page we would need to explain exactly how to “install” the templates
* We could also have a sideblog for links to useful news items, articles, etc. all participants encouraged to post regularly.
* Rather than a blogroll have a categorised links page full of useful sites, articles (permalinks), forum discussions etc..
* Big commitment not necessary, invite people to design templates
What do people mean when they say a site needs to be accessible and why should you care? If you’re on this page, hopefully you have an interest in making your blog available to anyone who stops by.
A good, basic introduction to accessibility, links to good tutorial(s) and a small steps section, e.g. if you don’t feel ready to add a new template to your blog you can start small by… blah, blah.
Are these templates free to use?
Yes they are! If you’d like to link back to this site so that others can learn about accessibility issues, that would be lovely, thank you!
My hosting plan should cover it but we could think about adding a tip jar and/or google ads for donations to RNID, RNIB, etc. Are any charities working directly with web accessibility issues?
What else is out there?
Hmm. I’m sure that there are plenty of templates that meet accessibility standards but they aren’t being marketed as such. Or maybe I’ve not spent enough time googling. There’s the Bauhaus template and general (but very useful) articles such as
How to Make Your Blog Accessible to Blind Readers but no central resource as far as I can see.
And there is a need for it.
So: your thoughts, ideas, criticisms are all welcomed!