Accessibility and responsive bits

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screenshot of the png version image

This journal entry represents a mammoth effort to add high-quality content to the site.

  1. I developed and added the patient story. This was based on a characteristics list which I worked through rather vigorously on the afternoon of the 25th. This is still in handwritten form, so I will link to it as a google doc later on. I have included some key references for that process below. I want to highlight the National Joint Registry (2016) data, which was particularly helpful during the process of defining the patient story. Also the specific images that I used will be cited on the portfolio site (including cc0 works; royalty-free works) as I feel it is always very important to include the provenance of images in any context, but especially when engaging in a thought process based on a fictional patient/nurse interaction.
  2. I added images to support the patient story. These images were sourced from pixabay and one of my all-time faves, Creative Commons search as a means to filter Flickr images by license (
  3. I recreated the images that I found for the patient story as drawings in Adobe Illustrator. I wanted the images in the timeline to be small (100px x 100px); this is a limited amount of ‘bandwidth’ to communicate a visual concept. For this reason I decided to use Adobe Illustrator to trace the images and then re-paint them, so that I could accentuate certain aspects through the use of selective colour. This worked well and I did investigate whether these images could be included as svgs, but the visual information was too complex as they were based on photographic materials. As a result I stuck with .png format as the final output.
    svg version of image - less visual information

    .svg version of a timeline image – quite a bit of artifacting (tech-speak for mess) in the image render and it looks too sketchy

    screenshot of the png version image

    .png version of the same image in Adobe Illustrator – more of the visual information from the original photograph is retained. This version has the right level of abstraction.

  4. All of the images were optimised using Honestly, I absolutely love this tool and will be using this from now on for all my images. Their algorithm somehow trims off the excess while keeping the core visual information.
  5. Accessibility. I ran an accessibility analysis on the site using the WAVE Web Accessibility Tool ( It is pretty good, I still have a few aria, alt and title tags to include here or there but I have made progress in this area.
  6. Infuriating. As someone who uses Reader View (I found out that this is the official name for it) mode in Firefox and the equivalent in Safari, I was very frustrated by the restrictive and arbitrary local style sheet implemented by this mode. I have spent way too much time customising how the site looks in this context, but it really mattered to me as this would really put me off a site. Also, focusing on it has highlighted the importance of the semantic web; the reader mode taps into the <sections> and other html5 element definitions. With a bit of hardcore tweaking, I finally have something that I can stand behind. The tweaking is outlined in this development post, however I found out by digging into the reader displays in the respective browser stylesheets that they will ignore certain css classes. Specifically I needed to implement a class called .hidden which is the container for the flickity carousel dots. The ‘dots’ are completely useless in the reader view and just look like an orphaned ordered list. I also instituted a .sr-only class which is applied to loading GIFs and other elements which should not be shown in the reader mode. All of this digging will serve me well for the print stylesheet, no doubt…
  7. I ran the Google mobile accessibility test on the site – It passed! Here is the proof:
    There is still a lot of content to add, but it is great to know that I am on the right track.


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Image source: “Calendar days of the week” by 422737 is licensed under CC0 1.0