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Re: Wordle worthwhile to accessify?

From: Joachim Andersson <joachim.andersson@etu.se>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 02:26:37 +0200
Message-ID: <a92e08980810141726l6adf6f3cwf1367a585435ae@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Peter Thiessen" <peter.thiessen@primalfusion.com>
Cc: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

a thought on Wordle accessibility. It's a png with quite a lot of embedded
text in it. Over all there's a recommendation that an alt-attribute isn't
too long. I've seen suggestions on a maximum of 12 words. So, in this case
the correct attribute to use would be longdesc, linking to an html file with
the same information as the Wordle picture. But then again, if you have to
put it in plain text in such a file, why not do that from the beginning? The
different colors, font sizes and such are possible to create in plain text.
The only thing to keep in mind is contrast, as WCAG 2.0 will demand a
minimum contrast for text as well as text embedded in pictures. That is for
text less than 18 pt in size, so part of the Wordle will get away with low

Just some thoughts. I hope you find a good way of doing your Wordle thing!

Best regards,

Joachim Andersson

On Tue, Oct 14, 2008 at 8:55 PM, Peter Thiessen <
peter.thiessen@primalfusion.com> wrote:

> Hello,
> Due to the recent popularity Wordle and after creating my first Wordle, I'm
> excited about the possibility of making the visual representation of a
> Wordle accessible. I contacted the creator of Wordle, Jonathan Feinberg,
> and
> sent him a few tips on making a Wordle accessible. He asked a good question
> in response to my assumption that everything should accessible - Why make a
> tool who's primary focus is beautifying typography accessible?
> My initial response was that making Wordles accessible would require little
> work and increase user uptake, though after some thought maybe some visual
> elements cannot have their meaning captured in text, or present no benefit
> to a disabled user to have that information in text.
> I'm interested to know what other people on this list think?
> For an example of a Wordle and my suggested accessible implementation
> visit:
> http://blog.overscore.com/?p=14
> -peter
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