Images are a big part of Medium’s writing and reading experience. Well-chosen images can pique a reader’s interest or provide additional context to your story.
An important but often overlooked part of adding an image is writing alt-text for the image. Alt-text, short for “alternative text,” provides textual description for an image. Alt-text is read in place of images by screen readers, which are software programs that read the content on a phone or computer screen with a speech synthesizer or braille display.
The Medium digest is a daily email containing a personalized list of stories that’s scheduled to arrive between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. user’s local time. Timely delivery is important to us because we want our readers to start their days with the digest. Kind of like your morning newspaper!
We send millions of digests every day, and digest generation creates one of the heaviest loads on our resources. Making sure they continue to arrive on time as our reader base grows has been challenging. If there’s a bottleneck somewhere, digests are normally impacted first.
Our email infrastructure, built on…
I’ve been doing more jigsaw puzzles this past year. They keep me away from my phone and computer and help me de-stress. I also love doing them with friends since we can all work on them together regardless of our backgrounds — everyone is capable of doing a puzzle!
As much fun as puzzles can be, the wrong puzzle can be more tedious than enjoyable or just plain boring. Since more people are getting into puzzles these days while under quarantine, I want to share four things to look for in a puzzle so you can find the right puzzle…