This tag keeps track of updates I make to piperhaywood.com.
Finally sorted out how comments and webmentions are displayed on this site. It was kind of a hefty task since it involved sorting out WordPress comments as well. If everything works as intended (big if), webmentions should be displayed in a discussion thread below the post contents on permalink pages regardless of whether or not WordPress comments are enabled on that post. We’ll see how that goes!
As an experiment, I’ve turned on comments here, here, and on this note. Overall though, I’ll probably leave them disabled for the majority of my notes. This 2013 article by Kartik Prabhu sums up my feelings on the subject pretty well.
I’ve just added a Work & Background page to this site that provides a bit more context for what I do and some selected projects. It’s a WIP, there are some thumbnails I would like to swap out and I’m sure the text will need tweaking. Nice to have a version up at any rate.
I’m really hoping to explore a few new-to-me bits of tech in the near future, particularly related to our books index. SB has been doing some very cool experiments with that recently.
Just pushed an update to this site.
The Browse page is now mainly an index of taxonomies and archives (years, post formats, categories, tags). This new index replaces the opacity-based tag cloud. I kind of miss it, but it was problematic. Very hard to digest, and the lighter greys were way too low-contrast.
Besides the index, most of the changes are related to accessibility. I focused on making the tabbing experience a bit better, introducing a couple skip links. Note that I haven’t totally ironed out the tabbing… Most of my manual testing for this update was done in Chrome. I checked it briefly in Safari and it’s pretty weird, but I think it may have to do with the default Safari settings. I haven’t adjusted these yet, read more about Safari tab settings on a11yproject.com. Besides the tabbing, I also had a handful of links that weren’t suitably descriptive, particularly on the new term index. I added more
aria-label attributes where I could. See the “Using aria-label for link purpose” page on the WCAG wiki for more info.
- Chrome’s accessibility reference and devtools
- Firefox’s Accessibility Inspector and their blog post on Auditing for accessibility problems
- Are.na / Jon Gacnik / Accessibility
- Are.na / andré f. / web accessibility
- Are.na / Laurel Schwulst / Importance of Metadata in Web Accessibility
- GOV.UK – Make your public sector website or app accessible
- Galleries From A to Z Sued Over Websites the Blind Can’t Use, The New York Times, 18 February 2019
There are probably a million a11y optimisations I can / should still make on this site. Suggestions are very welcome.
Edit 08.11.19 – Added Mozilla accessibility blog post
I don’t think I’ve got the public / private balance quite right… I’ve started using private notes a little more heavily, which feels right for certain types of things (personal photos, health, sensitive memories).
Next step will be to add a login for friends / family.
Added a new category, excavation. It relates to memories that I’m trying to unearth and document, things of unquantifiable significance that feel important to write down. Not much there at the moment, I’d like to work through a few more.
New year, new lick of paint. See previous version of this site in the internet archive. It isn’t perfect, but I’m happy with where it’s going. The colour remains an ongoing experiment. The years archive on the Browse page is probably the site’s most vibrant manifestation at the moment.
Been a while. I fell out of love with writing here, was tired of the design and the subdomain felt pretty tucked away. It’s still not quite right but I’ve reconciled with it I think, and of course there are some things I need to file away.
Wayback Machine captures of previous sites, for posterity:
I’ve moved my blog from Tumblr to WordPress, wanted to have more control over how my images display, how I group/categorise things, etc.