[UPDATE]: Thanks for helping us test this update to the list pages. We’ve completed the test and closed the test site.
One of the things we love about the internet is the way it can give us access to things we would never be able to see or experience without it. Find a Grave is a perfect example. Through the help of other members of the Find a Grave community, we can see and read the gravestones of people who live in places all over the world from the comfort of our own homes.
For people with a variety of disabilities, the internet can help them learn and experience things they couldn’t otherwise experience. Internet “accessibility” is the idea that people can access and use webpages despite challenges they may have with vision, hearing, mobility, etc.
We’ve been working on a variety of updates to the site to help make it more accessible for all site users and you may have noticed some of those–changes in colors, different outlines for selected fields, different labeling of fields and more. Many of the changes you won’t have noticed unless you use a screen reader or other tools designed to make websites more accessible.
Screen readers and other accessibility tools struggle to make sense of “infinite scroll” lists, lists that automatically load more items as you scroll, like those on Find a Grave. To help with this, we’ve been working on some updates to our list pages that will make them much easier for screen readers to make sense of and will change those pages for everyone. We’d love to get your feedback on these updates before we roll them out.
We’ve set up a test site where you can play with the new list pages. Please take a few minutes to try a search, scroll down to load more results, go to a result and then come back to the list and just use it however you would use the search list, then let us know what you think in the comments on this page. These changes will affect all the list pages on the site. Here are a few examples you might consider:
- a memorial search result
- a list of memorials in a cemetery
- a cemetery search result
- a list of memorials managed by another member
A few notes about the test site:
- The test site will only be open for a couple of days.
- The test site doesn’t have all the same memorials as the main site.
- Account and sign in options won’t work normally on the test site, so don’t worry about signing in, just test as a signed out visitor.
Thanks again for your help as part of our beta test group. We appreciate your time and feedback.