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  • Im making a website for a charity I work for and would like some feedback from people that know their stuff.

    http://www.phoenixtest.org.uk

    I need a way to put pictures on the custom menu ive made, this will make it more accessible to deaf people (eg. a pic of a house for home etc etc)

    i also need to find a way to make a better looking sitemape on the footer.

    thanks in advance people!

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  • Not questioning your technique…one curiosity

    How do pictures help deaf people?

    You can use CSS to add images to your menu. Its the same as editing any OL list to have them.

    I would make sure to keep text visible for people who don’t connect your pictography (as well as to improve your SEO ranking – Text is better than images until they perfect the image search to work by clicking on example images).

    esmi

    @esmi

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    How do pictures help deaf people?

    The native language of deaf people – especially those deaf from birth – isn’t English (or the local spoken language). It’s Sign Language. So whenever they try to read a web page, they have greater difficulty than their hearing peers. It’s a language issue rather than an audio one.

    Images help support reading for these groups as well as, for example, dyslexics.

    I would make sure to keep text visible for people who don’t connect your pictography

    Agreed. Text & images should support each other.

    Thanks for the comments, and yes, I know that I need to make the images relevant and will still back this up with relevant text.

    As the domain suggests, this is only a test site for me to learn how to use wordpress and to get the right design for phoenix so any input is really appreciated – the content (eg pics that are in the posts, the RSS feed, some of the menu items) is no where near where it will be on the real site. I have a widget that will embed a video into each post which will interpret the content (a massive task due to the amount of content that will be uploaded… eventually) and my vision is to make this site the pioneer in deaf websites as there is nothing else out there that works!

    im thinking more feedback for the way the functionality stuff has been set up, and the layout of my widgets and the widgets used to help my achieve my vision and the charities mission statement.

    😀

    …no one got any suggestions?

    You can use CSS to add images to your menu. Its the same as editing any OL list to have them.

    How do I do that? Would i need to use dreamweaver (or similar) or can i do this by simply through the GUI of wordpress or my hosting site?

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