Tumblr moves toward a more inclusive experience

The microblogging and social media site recently unveiled its new design, which sources say was inspired by a desire to align as closely as possible to the W3C WAI. To the sighted, the most obvious change is a greater color contrast in the updated design. Appropriate contrast ratios are a crucial part of an inclusive design, as many visually impaired people find it difficult to distinguish elements on a low-contrast page.

The jury is still out on whether users will embrace or reject this new change, but for those who long for the previous layout there’s a solution: an Xkit extension that will revert the look and feel back to the original. 

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