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Building a better image gallery

Despite the ubiquity and variety of image gallery frameworks, it seems like there's been very little movement towards making them usable for blind, low-vision, and keyboard users. A fair number of them are clunky and annoying to use for sighted users, let alone everyone else.

My art galleries were due for a refresh once I started rewriting the website in PHP, so I spent a good several months thinking about making them better and then another good several months on implementation. I came up with something that I find to be more functional and streamlined (screen reader or no), and now I'm going to ramble about it.

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Your website needs to work on phones

All the "old web revival" and "nostalgia" rhetoric that's prevalent in the small web world these days has come with a healthy dose of not giving a shit about responsiveness or, at minimum, making sure your website is functional on all screen sizes. People in the 90s and 00s didn't have to design for phones, so why should I? Phones are evil! I hate phones!

Regardless of how you feel about smartphones, they're not going anywhere. Sticking your fingers in your ears and pretending we live in the pre-smartphone era is futile. Get over yourself and accept that your website needs to work on phones.

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Inaccessibility isn't cute

I've noticed a recurring theme on customizable webpages (Neocities, Carrd, Tumblr, whatever) in recent history that frustrates the hell out of me: unreadable and visually inaccessible web design under the pretense of "retro aesthetics." This includes but is not limited to unreasonably tiny font, low-contrast font-on-background color combinations, flashing GIFs everywhere, unnecessarily busy and distracting background images, confusing image-based navigation with no labels, and so on. You've probably seen one of these websites. Or maybe you're a fan of this particular look and you're getting ready to egg my house, but hear me out before buying those eggs!

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