This tag keeps track of updates I make to piperhaywood.com.
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.
I’m trying to work on accessibility a bit more on an ongoing basis. Need to take a little dive in to this Hacker News thread, via this tweet.
There are probably a million a11y optimisations I can / should still make on this site. Suggestions are very welcome.
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.
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.