13 thoughts on “Ch-ch-changes

  1. Hi Jenn,
    I would love to see sub-categories. I notice that a particular subject might get alot of hits but then is pushed down by newer blog subjects.

    Maybe if there were tabs: About town, politics, national news….things like that.

    my 2 cents worth

  2. Regarding font, starting 5/08, I recommended a large print option, and we went with having the Town Meeting Warrant Articles also being available in 14-point Tahoma on our Town’s web site (thank you, Ann Morgan). While some visually impaired folks may have a magnifying screen on their PC, it would be nice to have the option of large font on this blog. This is one of those topics that you might see a Commission on Disability discussing with respect to other sections of our Town web site and printed materials.

  3. Not sure about font size but I would definitely like to see fewer big words…I get so confused all the time!

  4. It is nice to see the Town Meeting Article being available in Large Print. Thank you Roger for doing this. In terms of 14 point font, the most commonly preferred and used font style for folks with low vision, I have found, is Verdanna or Arial. Something to consider in going forward.

    Also the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has a free download called APHont.

    Some sites allow you to change it on their site to your own preference, which is neat.

  5. Sub-categories are something I’m hoping to do at some point. The themes at wordpress.com don’t really allow for it. I could, for example, create a “schools” tab next to “home” and “about” and link all the posts with that as a topic, BUT you’d only see the headline and still have to click through. I can also “sticky” a topic to the top of a page, but that might give the impression that I haven’t added anything new and drive readers away.

    I think for now I’m going to stick with this theme, which seems to be the most readable. I’m guessing most readers, like me, are getting to the age where reading glasses may be required for some type sizes, and I don’t want to use them for my own site!

    So Roger, does this mean there will be large print warrants in addition to the Grafton News pages, or will the News be making the type bigger?

  6. Jenn,
    This just in from the Grafton Police re: Missing Person. I thought the effort might benefit from exposure on the blog. I can email you a picture. Thanks.

    NAME: Donald Beausoleil
    AGE: 54

    SEX: Male
    RACE: White

    HEIGHT: 5’ 5”
    WEIGHT: 161 lbs

    HAIR: Brown
    EYES: Blue

    CLOTHING: Last seen wearing a blue denim jacket and a black knit cap.

    Mr. Beausoleil left his residence (Crescent Manor located at 5 Crescent Street, Grafton) on Sunday, January 25th at approximately 1:00 p.m. He has not returned home. He enjoys walking to the area of Worcester Street in Grafton.

    Anyone seeing Mr. Beausoleil is asked to call the Grafton Police Department at 508-839-2858.

  7. I don’t think the font needs to get any bigger. While I can appreciate people with impaired vision may have a problem, you can always set your browser to increase font sizes. If my parents can figure it out, I have faith they can too. Being in the design field, I would flip if it were 14 point! That’s huge! I’d actually tell my browser to take it down a notch.

    I wouldn’t mind a sans serif font though, but only because of my dislike towards serif fonts and their fancy elitism.

  8. AJ, you should take your design sensibilities to the WordPress theme page sometime. I went through all of them over the weekend and many of them are pleasant but there are a few that are just mind-boggling. “That font with THAT font and in THAT color?”

    There’s one that’s eye-searing green. I can’t imagine anyone returning to that blog to read, because they’d be blind after first exposure!

  9. Thanks Teri for the additional info regarding low vision. Jenn, at this time the larger print option is just on the Town web site, not in the Grafton News. As an aside, there is a two-fold challenge with news print regardless of font and script. First, news print is not as white as printer paper. Second, the ink is sometimes not as dark as it could be. So, it’s sometimes an issue of contrast. The past two Town Meetings, I arranged for 50 large print copies of the Warrant when you check in and will continue to do this. Michael, about the big words: are you signed up for the GEA Spelling Bee? All I can say is…………weltanschauung.
    Study up!

  10. Roger….me at the GEA Spelling Bee…that would be an extremely bad call. I remember fondly stumbling over how to spell “Brittish” (two ‘t’s or one?)in my High School US History Class. Oh yeah, I was the teacher, not a student. Not a good idea.

  11. Right now, the theme I’m seriously coveting is the one Susan is using at http://www.mysouthborough.com/ There are, however, lots of Word Press themes out there and I’m sure I can find something similar when I move the blog off wordpress.com

    But…. pretty! Calm! Easy to read! And I want to add that Amazon widget (which is a money-generator I can’t use)!

  12. It is a nice template, isn’t it? Of course, I can’t take any of the credit. It was developed by the fabulous Ravi over at TechTrot (http://www.techtrot.com/).

    There are a ton of ways to tweak the template, including adjusting the font size, font type, colors – you name it. If you decide to go with the template, I’d be happy to share some tips!

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