Category: Accessibility

Hover Color Contrast Bookmarklet

January 18, 2024

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Topics: Accessibility, Web Development.

This past weekend, I was looking at a WordPress trac ticket about hover color contrast in the admin. One of the things that was frustrating about this ticket is the amount of labor expected in testing – because accessibility tools mostly test the page as is. It’s certainly possible to implement automated tooling that can look at all of that, but introducing a whole new suite of tests to WordPress core was outside of my area of expertise. But a […]

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2023: Year in Review

January 7, 2024

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Topics: Accessibility.

Minor miracle for me to get one of these done three years in a row – but let’s get it rolling! This got delayed because I’m recovering from minor surgery, but here we go… WordPress Contributions I made 85 commits to WordPress core in 2023 – almost three times as many as in 2022. This included committing some significant accessibility fixes and adding a new function that generates the markup for admin notices. This was the first year I’ve been […]

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The WordPress Showcase & Accessibility

December 15, 2023

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Topics: Accessibility, WordPress.

If you aren’t familiar with it, WordPress publishes a showcase featuring prominent sites that have been built using WordPress. The goal of the showcase, as stated in the submissions page, is to “show the world what can be done with WordPress and help demonstrate the tremendous capabilities it has as a publishing platform.” This may shock you, but there are no accessibility criteria for selection. I know – I just shook your world. I’ve just finished doing a *very* quick […]

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WP Accessibility version 2.1.0

November 16, 2023

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Topics: Accessibility, Plugins, WordPress.

WP Accessibility version 2.1.0 has just been released, and it includes a major new feature: statistics collection. WP Accessibility does a lot of different things: automated repair to issues on your site, a toolbar with high contrast or font size toggles, and controls to make alt text and descriptions visible for your images. What it doesn’t have is a high level of visibility into what it’s doing. If you have a high level of understanding of HTML (HyperText Markup Language) […]

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Accessibility and Artificial Intelligence

June 6, 2023


Topics: Accessibility, WordPress.

The application of machine learning to accessibility is not new, but as AI explodes in popularity, it’s certainly getting more attention. Auto-craptions are an application of machine learning, and the choice of term I made suggests something about what accessibility practioners generally think of AI in accessibility. But that’s not the whole picture. The problems I see with AI and accessibility are only when it’s used directly on the end product. This is the same as the problems with AI […]

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