As I mentioned in a post yesterday, I’ve been playing around with an alternative reading interface for Write.as blogs. It significantly trims down the “weight,” or amount of data, that a blog takes up, so pages load faster.
The blogs rendered here are also more accessible. To get technical: instead of relying on CSS to space text out in a specific way, we use HTML, which shouldn’t trip up screen readers.
To try it out, you can navigate to:
https://tiny.write.as/your-blog-name, replacing your-blog-name with your actual blog name. For example, mine would be: https://tiny.write.as/matt.
You can then send people to this URL instead of your normal one, if you want them to have a lighter way to read your blog.
Note that this is mostly a proof of concept that I just wanted to share, since I figured it might be interesting and start a conversation! Some things don’t fully work as you’d expect, like subscribing via email or viewing paywalled content. I might fix those in the future, especially if people enjoy this.
Also, this only works for blogs hosted on write.as – not a custom domain or writeas.com subdomain. This will definitely be fixed in the near future.
What do you think? Is this useful for you? Did it spark any ideas or thoughts? Let me know!