Everybody should write a CMS

I’m not joking, although I’m sure that’s the first impression from this post’s title. But there’s a crucial caveat: everybody should write their own JavaScript framework or content management system; but very few should ever let their tool get used. There’s an enormous learning value in programming a large, complex system. You get a strong sense of accomplishment, while learning just how complicated it is to create a flexible theming system, menu structuring tool, and content editor – let alone […]

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I’m an accessibility consultant. Stop hiring me.

I call myself an accessibility consultant when I’m not building WordPress plug-ins. But in all reality, you should stop hiring accessibility consultants. The work is awful, and nobody wants to do it. Seriously – the work is awful. I mean that. Building accessible web sites and applications? That’s awesome. Training you and your team on what’s involved in creating an accessible resource? Also awesome. Creating tools that help you identify or fix accessibility issues? Really, seriously awesome. Diving into that […]

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Extending WordPress Plug-ins

Awesome WordPress plug-ins are built making extensive use of awesome core WordPress tools: filters and actions. My own plug-ins are no exceptions. But the fact that I’ve used the awesome power of filters and actions in my plug-ins doesn’t automatically mean that you know how to use and implement them. There are some great tutorials available on how to use WordPress actions and filters (or hooks, as they’re known collectively): Learning to use WordPress hooks from Elegant Themes The Complete […]

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New in Access Monitor: Test before you post

In today’s release of Access Monitor, I’ve added two powerful new features for keeping your site accessible: the ability to test your posts before you publish them and the ability to prevent a post from being published if it doesn’t meet your required accessibility criteria. Right now, the accessibility criteria I’m using is crude. It’s a percentage score based on error density, using the formula described in the Tenon.io blog. This is a great formula for getting a general sense […]

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Plug-in Translations at WordPress.org

The WordPress.org plug-in repository is making a big change in the next few months – the repository will host and ship language packs for all plug-ins. This is a huge and amazingly welcome change – but it does introduce some new issues. The major advantages for plug-in authors are that we will no longer have to maintain our own language repositories. I’ve been running my own GlotPress installation for years, and managing the maintenance and updating of translations for all […]

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