Midgaard's support for blind and visually-impaired players
We work hard to make Midgaard welcoming to blind and visually impaired players. The web site is optimized for screen readers. Midgaard is accessible via traditional MUD clients such as TinTin++, Mudlet, or MUDRammer. There's a command-line alternative to every mouse or menu option. Here are some of the details:
MUD clients and screen readers
Many of our blind players connect to Midgaard with VipMud. But any standard MUD client should be fine. In addition to VipMud we test with TinTin++, Mudlet, and MUDRammer. Direct your secure client to: midgaard.smartmonsters.com port 9195. Insecure connections are available on port 9194. Some information re settings for specific clients is here.
Commands for the visually impaired
Command-line alternatives to GUI menus, popup windows and other visual controls exist for all actions. Commonly-used examples include attribute commands such as Energy, Health, Intelligence, Armor and so on. The complete list is here: list of commands assisting the visually impaired.
While logged-in with a MUD client, messages displayed to GUI users as popup windows are instead written to the Game Channel. We've carefully translated thousands of in-game popup signs to text for non-visual clients. Additionally, GUI users can use the BlindMode command to toggle the same behavior. Our Help robot is also blind-aware. Its responses are fine-tuned for non-visual clients.
The Blindfriendly command tells whether the Zone you're in is friendly to non-visual clients. If the answer's no, a short explanation follows, for example, "Large numbers of NPCs move quickly through here, making it hard for screen readers to keep up."
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.
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