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Accessible Reading

by Tessa Watkins LLC.

Make your website's articles more accessible to disabled and neurodivergent folks by adding Bionic Reading® as a font choice!

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10 Installs
Tested with WordPress 6.0

Your brain reads faster than your eyes! We have an internal dictionary of learned words and reading the first few letters can be enough to recognize whole words.

Bionic Reading® is a new method facilitating the reading process by guiding the eyes through text with artificial fixation points. As a result, the reader is only focusing on the highlighted initial letters and lets the bran center complete the word. In a digital world dominated by shallow forms of reading, Bionic Reading® aims to encourage more in-depth reading and understanding of written content.

Learn More about Bionic Reading®

This WordPress plugin is not a product of Bionic Reading®. It was developed by an independent and disabled developer that wants to bring more accessibility to the digital space.

There are three (3) ways to install my plugin: automatically, upload via WordPress admin, or manually.

Automatic Installation

Automatic installation is the easiest option as WordPress handles the file transfers itself and you don’t need to leave your web browser.

  1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Plugins > Add New.
  3. In the search form, type “Accessible Reading” and click the Search Plugins button.
  4. Once you’ve found my plugin in the search results that appear, click the Install Now button and wait for the installation process to complete.
  5. Once the installation process is completed, click the Activate button to activate my plugin.

Upload via WordPress Admin

This method involves is a little more involved. You don’t need to leave your web browser, but you’ll need to transfer the files yourself.

  1. Download my plugin from WordPress.org.
  2. Log in to your WordPress dashboard.
  3. Navigate to Plugins > Add New.
  4. Click the Upload Plugin button at the top of the screen.
  5. Select the zip file from your local file system that was downloaded in step 1.
  6. Click the Install Now button and wait for the installation process to complete.
  7. Once the installation process is completed, click the Activate button to activate my plugin.

Manual Installation

This method involves downloading my plugin, extracting the files from the zip file, and uploading them to your webserver via your favorite SFTP application. Instructions on how to do this here.

After Plugin Activation

  1. Visit Bionic Reading® to get an API key. Free and paid versions are available.
  2. Navigate to Tools > Accessible Reading to add the API key to your settings.
  3. Optionally modify the fixation and saccade to suit your website.
  4. Creating a new post or update an existing one to generate the accessible content for that post for a toggle button to appear for site visitors.

Why do I need an API key?

This plugin uses the Bionic Reading® API to generate accessible text and it requires each user to have a unique API key.

1.3.1

Release Date: June 23, 2022

  • Fix: set debug flag to false

1.3.0

Release Date: June 23, 2022

  • Feature: added a plugin setting to set a default option for the toggle switch
  • Feature: added a metabox to manage post-level settings
  • Feature: added dropdown in post metabox to set the default option for an individual post
  • Feature: added dropdown in post metabox to exclude individual post from processing

1.2.0

Release Date: June 17, 2022

  • Feature: Posts with the character count longer than your Bionic Reading® plan’s API character limit are processed in chunks, allowing them to be fully processed instead of being cut off
  • Feature: The bulk updater has been moved into it’s own tab in the WordPress dashboard
  • Feature: The bulk updater also displays how many API requests your website has used today
  • Feature: The bulk updater also includes a dry run option

1.1.0

Release Date: June 16, 2022

  • Feature: added the bulk updater feature! Now you can process your posts in bulk
  • Bug: the Bionic Reading® API has a character limit for processing. This will be addressed shortly.

1.0.5

Release Date: June 2, 2022

  • Fix: resolved bug in minified javascript file

1.0.2

Release Date: June 2, 2022

  • Fix: frontend CSS edits
  • Fix: minified CSS & JS assets

1.0.1

Release Date: June 1, 2022

  • Major: First release to the public!