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Well, I went and made a simple suggestion on the news community about letting us post tables in our profile. I got a line of bull that it's not allowed because it hinders accessibility. WTF? I asked what they Hell that actually meant. What I gathered was that they want people to be able to view things in their custom style and not let you force a font or table on them or make things "easier" to read for people with vision problems. That makes even less sense and it's just a load of garbage. Yes there are people that can't color coordinate and do stupid things like put purple text on a bright red background. I don't bother to read stuff like that, but if they want to do that that's their right. Tables are nothing but simple html that even an ancient computer from around 1997 can easily run. It takes up miniscule bandwidth the way text does so it's NOT an accessiblity issue. If they're catering to the blind people then they won't see it anyway and shouldn't even be on a computer. They need to get a talking computer or have a friend read to them what's on the screen simple as that. No need to take away a simple basic feature like that.

I told the guy that I thought it was stupid and that I should have a right to customize my profile my way. If I want to use a different style of font or make things in tables I should have the right to. I'm amazed at all the butt kissing going around here just because LJ added a stupid feature that isn't that big of a deal. "Oh Dreamwidth listens to their customers". Sure except for Des when she makes a simple logical suggestion. I should be used to that by now since I have tons of common sense ideas to make all kinds of places better but no one listens to me. This is why I prefer to take over my own place and run it as the boss/tyrant. LJ is the opposite extreme. People are making mountains out of mole hills when all they need to do is find fewer friends that are trustworthy and put in that line of code that gets rid of the boxes. Problem solved.

Yes there are some nice features, but I'm still loyal to LJ. I no longer feel the drive to keep sprucing this place up. I may add the rest of my icons and my mood theme but I'm not going to bother with the rest. I'm certainly not paying for this site. I recommend those of you that I brought over to do the same. I'm glad I waited. I probably won't import my LJ. I'll find another way to back it up somewhere. Probably page by page on a CD. I also removed the News community that was forced on me from the start. They don't listen to me, why should I listen to them.

I'm weaning myself off of this place and will make fewer and fewer entries until I forget about it.
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Date: 2010-09-10 02:05 am (UTC)
killing_rose: Abby from NCIS asleep next to a caf-Pow with the text "Goth Genius at Work" (Abby)
From: [personal profile] killing_rose
I actually came over here from that particular thread to see what you were like and I'm sorry that you feel unwelcome here. I understand how it appears that by "catering" to one group--those with vision problems, epilepsy, who use screen readers (which actually don't translate things like tables; it renders it into unintelligible text and code that causes the person using the screen reader to take extra time trying to figure out what the problem is), migraines, and those who cannot read specific fonts and colors.

For example, my eyesight's fine, but flashing images can trigger a migraine that goes on for days and colors that may coordinate--such as white on black--are hard for me to concentrate on. For me, the same things that turn you off of Dreamwidth are the same things that attract me to it.

I understand that to you, this sounds like preaching. I do. And I understand your points. It's too bad that there isn't a way for you to have tables; the only thing I could think of is to see if there's any way to allow tables, but create a filter for those who can't read/view tables correctly. That way no one is inconvenienced. But it's probably not feasible with code.

And to echo Kaetarin above me, thank you for coming here and giving Dreamwidth a shot. I'm sorry that it doesn't fit your wants and needs.
Edited (Because, really, I didn't quite express myself correctly) Date: 2010-09-10 02:38 am (UTC)
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