My Cool New Site Redesign



 
You’re here and you found me. I’m so excited. My edithfine.com website has been completely redesigned. I learned so much about font and background and color choices, amount of text to use (as little as possible), features for easy navigation—for instance, how paging over book covers leads to a brief description, and terms like “gradient,” “hamburger menu” (ha ha, so clever!), and “scalability,” the latter referring to making the site now “fit” any device from iPhones and Androids through tablets, to computers, without material being cut off.
I’m super happy to have a captcha feature on my contact page to eliminate robo-spamo. The most amazing addition by the MojoPixie site developer (Susan Bernard https://smbernard.tech/) is the button in the lower left corner from USERWAY, offering adaptations from oral reading to text size, contrast, and more. Amazing. This option fits perfectly the goals of children’s writers to aim for inclusivity and diversity for all readers. Do take a look if you have a minute.

I’ll be doing blog posts periodically (and, knowing me, probably erratically) on wide-ranging topics, so stay tuned. I’d love to hear from you.

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  1. Hi Edith!

    Thank you so much for the shout-out :) I thoroughly enjoyed working with you to breathe new life into your website. It was a ton of fun, and I learned a lot as well!

    As a web developer, I try to maintain compliance by using the correct tags for screen readers, the correct font sizes for specific colours, etc., etc. … Honestly, there are TONS of things we do!

    The Userway plugin can help to shore up weak spots, but it still has to read coding behind the scenes in order to work correctly.

    An example with your site, the specific orange background colour I used with the off-white font requires a 22-point font size for a AAA rating on the text-to-background contrast ratio. Since I used icons on the buttons and the sizing can differ a bit, I wanted to make sure visibility was not an issue. As such, I added the Userway plugin to allow for adjustments by the user, just in case.

    As you can see, the plugin is definitely a big help when working towards increasing compliance with ADA & Section 508 requirements, but it should never be the only thing that is used when designing on the web.

    If anyone would like to learn more about web content accessibility guidelines, check out https://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG21/quickref/

    Warmly,
    Susan
    https://smbernard.tech/

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