May. 31st, 2017

marahmarie: my initials (MM) (Default)

The post title is in honor of my new default user icon. Like most images I create, it was done (re-done) in Paint.NET. If you reverse engineer it, it's still my old Dreamwidth icon, the one that says, "Sheep go to heaven and goats go to hell" with a lamb in the middle. You just can't tell anymore - thanks, Paint.NET! I've been meaning to work on that for a few years.

In other news, I've had recentish problems with others being unable to tell public from more private (say, access-only) posts, which I blame Dreamwidth for, at least in part. All there is to show a post is access-filtered is a single, tiny icon image (it's a gold lock, 16 x 16 by default, and while I'm pretty sure no one views my page in my style, I have it re-sized down to 12 x 12 in case anyone ever does; the original access filter icon image is here) which apparently isn't enough of a visual indicator to prevent a few "oops" moments others have had.

I hovered over the icon today to see if it at least has title text to tell you what it is or why it's there, but it doesn't. The alt text isn't informative, either; it just says "protected". Protected from what? Scratches? Bears? The public? Hmmmm. This is sort of a travesty, so I added content CSS to print the words "non-public/access filter only" next to lock icons. It's a mouthful, shows at the wrong line height and doesn't wrap well on mobile edit: fixed (I'll work on all that soon - I just wanted to get a working example online, asap, so it's viewable and looks like...this).

If I ever get involved in reporting DW things again - which I like to say I never will, but only until another bug rears its head, like the one I stumbled over today (possible bug: all of our usericons have the same image number, so you can't download and save more than one of them without overwriting the last one downloaded - not unless you rename the next one before saving, which I don't *think* is the correct behavior!) I might post a Suggestion asking for access filter text to display next to access filter icons.

If adapted it would mean printing more stuff to the page, but could save quite a few "oops" moments sitewide (or at least minimize them, as there's no fixing people who just won't pay attention) so it might be worth doing, not to mention having actual text (as opposed to merely alt text) reading out from a screen reader to indicate what sort of post you're on might make the experience somewhat smoother all-around.