Accessible Video in WordPress

Accessible Video Library post creation screen

Since version 3.6, WordPress has incorporated the MediaElementJS library in core to handle the output of video files. It’s a great library — it has support for captions and subtitles; support for chapters; support for fallback formats of video; support for YouTube; keyboard support — everything you’d want to have for displaying video accessibly. That’s totally exciting! But there’s a “but”. WordPress manages media through the media manager, which doesn’t offer any way to associate caption and subtitle files with […]

Taking over GrayBit.com

Mike Cherim and Jonathan Fenocchi, creators of the GrayBit service for showing a site design converted into grayscale, needed to move on. The time and expense of maintaining GrayBit was too much – and since Mike Cherim has moved out of the web development and accessibility world, it was necessary to make some changes. They recently shut down GrayBit.com, not having received any word that anybody wanted to take the site over. I was too late to save the domain, […]

Accessibility: An Integrated Workflow

Whenever I update an application on my iOS or Android devices, I feel a certain nervousness about whether the learning I’ve put into the current app will go out the window. The same is true about any software: is my user interface learning going to become obsolete with this update? When it comes to major software, like moving to Windows 8, you must expect major updates. But it can be maddening to update an app you’re working with on daily […]

WP Accessibility version 1.2.0 now available!

The new version of WP Accessibility has just been released. Updates include the inclusion of Chris Rodriguez’s a11y toolbar, as previously announced and support for a custom WordPress administrative stylesheet. The first item, the accessibility toolbar, falls into a category of accessibility I rarely pursue: the front-end accessibility widget. I’ve written (negatively) about the concept before, in my article When More is Less. Having previously opposed accessibility widgets, I wanted to talk a little about why I think including this […]

The case of the missing alt attribute.

Jennifer Sutton brought this interesting factoid to my attention today: the single most common HTML validation error is the missing alt attribute. Of the 100 most common validation errors collected by W3C Love, a missing alt attribute comes it at number one — with almost double the occurrences of the next most common error. It’s 2012, and the key mistakes in HTML seem to remain the same. Now, one can’t help but hope — since these are the results of […]

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