Thursday 20 June 2002

Accessibility tip 03: Doc title

I like the way Mark Pilgrim organizes his accessibility tips into sections:

  • Define the principle (today’s is “Every page of your weblog should have a unique and meaningful page title.”)
  • Explain who benefits from our implementing the tip (“Marcus benefits. Lynx displays the page title in the first line of output, so it’s always the first thing that Marcus reads in Braille.”)
  • Describe how to do it for each weblog template (“…if you are using the default [Movable Type] template, you don’t need to make any changes.”)
  • Provide links to further reading on the subject.

I made a couple of minor changes to my MT templates, such as adding the <$MTBlogDescription$> tag to the Main Index title. My <title> tags and the resulting page titles are listed below.

Main Index
<title><$MTBlogName$>: <$MTBlogDescription$></title>
Jonathon Delacour: The Heart of Things

Archive Index
<title><$MTBlogName$>: Archives</title>
Jonathon Delacour: Archives

Category Archive
<title><$MTBlogName$>: <$MTArchiveTitle$> Archives</title>
Jonathon Delacour: Japan Archives

Date-Based Archive
<title><$MTBlogName$>: <$MTArchiveTitle$> Archives</title>
Jonathon Delacour: June 2002 Archives

Individual Entry Archive
<title><$MTBlogName$>: <$MTEntryTitle$></title>
Jonathon Delacour: Accessibility Matters

Is there anything more pleasurable for the ambitious student than to be praised by the teacher? About my Individual Entry Archive title, Mark wrote:

Individual entry archive pages should include the name of your weblog, followed by the entry title. I don’t have separate pages for individual entries, but Jonathon Delacour does, and he gets this right. For example, his post of June 17, 2002, Accessibility matters, is archived on its own page with the title “Jonathon Delacour: Accessibility matters”.

I’m not going to let this go to my head nor am I resting on my laurels. Sooner or later I’ll be getting into serious trouble for using absolute font sizes (in pixels) instead of relative font sizes (using ems, keywords, or percentages). And I don’t think Mr. Pilgrim will be the slightest bit impressed if I say: “But sir, Zeldman told me to do it!”

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