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Open supply instruments to make your Wordle outcomes accessible

Wordle appears to be popping up in every single place throughout social media feeds. Wordle is a fast phrase recreation you can play as soon as each day, and you’ll simply share outcomes with associates over social media.

The intention of Wordle is to guess a secret phrase. To make a guess, enter a phrase, and Wordle shows the outcomes of your guess in a grid of color-coded emoticons. Green signifies {that a} letter is within the right location. Yellow signifies that the key phrase incorporates the letter, however it’s within the fallacious location. And gray signifies that the letter is not within the phrase in any respect.

It’s turn out to be widespread for folks to share their progress within the recreation by pasting the ensuing letter grid into social media, which is straightforward to do as a result of the grid is only a set of emoji. However, emoticons and emoji have accessibility points. While they’re simple to repeat and paste, the shared outcomes could be exhausting to entry for people who reside with low imaginative and prescient or shade blindness. The colours gray, yellow, inexperienced could be tough for some to distinguish.

Inspired by a dialog I had with Mike Lim, I did some poking on the web and found a few suggestions, together with an open supply challenge that helps enhance the accessibility of shared recreation outcomes.

Use an open supply accessibility app

The wa11y app is simple to make use of. You can discover the wa11y GitHub challenge here. Copy your Wordle outcomes and paste them into the app, and it converts your outcomes into phrases.

You can embody emoticons with a easy checkbox to point a profitable guess, however maintainers warn in opposition to this. Assistive expertise loves emoticons a lot that it reads each emoticon. Inline. All of them. Although the expertise likes to learn them, of us who make the most of assistive expertise might discover it cumbersome and sometimes abandon a message with various emoji.

Provide accessible photographs

Perhaps you do not have entry to the wal11y app and nonetheless need to guarantee your outcomes are accessible. You can take a screenshot, add the picture, and add alt textual content. There are a couple of methods you are able to do this:

  • Attach the picture and write the alt textual content within the message discipline.
  • Attach the picture and dive into the accessibility choices on your particular social media app and allow alt textual content and add from there. The open supply social community Mastodon permits precise alt textual content by default.
  • @AltTxtReminder is an account you’ll be able to observe that reminds you so as to add alt textual content to photographs while you neglect.

If you do share the default outcomes, there may be all the time the choice so as to add alt textual content earlier than the emoticons. That manner, your viewers has entry to the textual content data however can abort the remainder of the message earlier than repeating emoji turns into cumbersome.

Wrap up

Wordle is a scorching recreation on the web nowadays, so when sharing your outcomes make sure to hold accessibility in thoughts. There are a couple of easy approaches utilizing open supply expertise to make your outcomes simpler to share with everybody.

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