Dungeon's support for blind and visually-impaired players
We work hard to make Dungeon welcoming to blind and visually impaired players. The web site is optimized for screen readers. Dungeon is accessible via traditional MUD clients such as TinTin++, Mudlet, or MUDRammer. There's a command-line alternative to every mouse or menu option available in the GUI. Here are some of the details:
MUD clients and screen readers
To play Dungeon, you'll need software which integrates with your screen reader. On Windows, many of our blind players use VipMud. But any standard MUD client should be fine. On the Mac, you can use the build-in Terminal app, which integrates nicely with VoiceOver. Or your favorite MUD client. Direct your secure client to: dungeon.smartmonsters.com port 9295. Insecure connections are available on port 9294. Some information re settings for specific clients is here.
Commands for the visually impaired
Because Dungeon was written in the days before GUIs were widespread, we've essentially turned our standard GUI into a command-line emulator. No Dungeon commands require a GUI. While logged-in with a MUD client, messages displayed to GUI users as popup windows are instead written to the Game Channel.
Web site optimization
- The SmartMonsters web site is HTML5 and implements WAI-ARIA Landmark Roles for screen reader optimization.
- Our site markup is straightforward, doesn't rely on images, and implements sensible tab orders.
- An account setting called "Blind-Friendly" replaces images throughout the web site with text equivalents, making the site 100% textual, 100% image-free.
- We test with VoiceOver, NVDA, and ChromeVox.