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Wednesday, 27 May, 2015

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary has added 1,700 words to its corpus and it’s expanded existing entries “by more than 700 new senses.” In a blog post, Emily Brewster writes: “We’ve added 3,200 examples that provide contextual information, and another 200 entries for some of the words people most frequently look up have been updated and enhanced.” Among the additions are emoji, jegging, photobomb, slendro and click bait:

Click bait

The one caveat we have about the the Merriam-Webster announcement is that the selected words are presented as PNG images. This is a major no-no when it comes to web accessibility. First of all, text downloads in a fraction of the time that it takes images to download and it’s also much easier to edit plain text content. Secondly, and critically for users who need to enlarge content to see it clearly, text scales without loss of clarity when enlarged (using Ctrl + in Windows browsers, or Apple + in Mac browsers). And images of text do not enlarge at all in some browsers or they become pixilated and difficult to read as they get larger. Finally, Merriam-Webster fails to offer alternate text on these informative images. That’s another serious offence against accessibility.


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