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What do web designers have against the visually impaired?

19 April 2015

This morning I wanted to post a report on Fr Athanasius’s farewell service, but when I tried to do it, I could only get the new WordPress editor, which I find impossible to use, mainly because the designers have reduced the contrast between text and background so that it is extremely difficult to read. Young people with 20-20 vision might have no problems with it, but even if middle age now ends at 74 rather than 60, I’m still an old fart by anyone’s reckoning, having passed my 74thy birthday a week ago, and my eyes are not as good as they were which I was 60, the old end of middle age, or even at 45, the old middle of middle age.

It’s not just WordPress. Val said some people designing a web site when she was working wanted to do something like that, and she told them that if the background was white she wanted the figures in black, because she wanted to be able to read them.

I’d resigned myself to not using WordPress any more, more or less freezing this blog where it is, and going back to my old blogger one, which, for all their attempts to cripple the editor, is still easier to use than the new WordPress one (though a lot more difficult than the old WordPress one).

Then someone gave me a hint in a comment on my previous post on an undocumented way to get to the old editor (which I’m using to write this), and so I may be able to go on using WordPress a little longer, at least until they close that loophole.

But I really wish that web designers weren’t so hell-bent on making their sites difficult to read and use. It’s not as if we all need to be fighter-pilots or something, flying in and out of clouds at Mach 2. But, come to think of it, even when I was 24, and did have 20-20 vision, I still preferred puttering around the sky in an open cockpit Slingsby T42, with the wind in my face and a panoramic view, than in a streamlined closed-cockpit speed job.

Sam Barker (my instructor) and me in ther cockpit of a Slingsby T42, Oribyi Aerodrome, Pietermaritzburg, 1965

Sam Barker (my instructor) and me in ther cockpit of a Slingsby T42, Oribyi Aerodrome, Pietermaritzburg, 1965

One Comment leave one →
  1. 19 April 2015 11:50 pm

    Why not post to WordPress using email? Easy to setup and you control your editor.

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