Help Me Make This Blog More Accessible

Dear Reader,

Hi! I probably don’t know you, but I’d like to make this blog better for you. If you’re disabled—for example, perhaps you use a screen reader, a special device, or have other needs that I might not anticipate, I’d really love your feedback on what I can do to make my content easier for you to read and enjoy.


A couple of things I’ve been thinking about recently:

  • If you use a screen reader, does the navigation or other stuff get in the way?
  • If you use some device to do something like, I dunno, convert my RSS feed to podcasts and listen in the subway, how well does that work?
  • What should I do if I want to include a complicated equation? Use an image, use something like MathJax, mark it as skippable for screen readers?
  • If I include images, does it matter what I name them? How good of an experience is the image I included above?
  • What can I do to make links easier to use? Should I have meta tags like “next” and “previous” and so on? Should I always add link titles or something?

I’m going to link to a couple of recent articles and ask you what I could have done better to make them easier for people-who-are-not-like-me. Here: article 1, article 2.


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I'm Baron Schwartz, the founder and CEO of VividCortex. I am the author of High Performance MySQL and lots of open-source software for performance analysis, monitoring, and system administration. I contribute to various database communities such as Oracle, PostgreSQL, Redis and MongoDB. More about me.