Some Gutenberg Accessibility Clarifications

October 18, 2018

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Topics: Accessibility, WordPress.

Since the publication of the WordPress 5.0 release schedule and the ensuing hubbub about the accessibility of the new Gutenberg editor I’ve seen a lot of materials published in a panic about the future accessibility of WordPress. In that massive amount of content, I’ve noticed a few specific trends that I think need clarification. Before I begin, I want to say that the opinions I’m about to voice are purely my own, and have not been discussed with the WordPress […]

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WordPress, Accessibility, and Gutenberg

October 9, 2018

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Topics: Accessibility, WordPress.

Rian Rietveld resigned from the leadership of the WordPress Accessibility team today. When I first started talking about Gutenberg, I touted it as a future for creating a new, more accessible experience for both authors and website visitors. I was very optimistic – nervous, and aware that this was going to be a challenge, but optimistic. Part of what I hoped for has happened – but far from all of it. There are good things about Gutenberg. Monitoring the hierarchy […]

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No coding skills required

July 10, 2017

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Topics: Accessibility, WordPress.

When I started to write WordPress plugins, I had the idea that I could expect my users to know how to write HTML (HyperText Markup Language). I made no effort to provide any kind of visual editing experience. Over time, my expectations and the audience have changed, and I do routinely incorporate the WordPress visual editor into plugins. I still can’t stand visual editors; they make the whole authoring experience immensely slower and more complex, from my experience. But that’s […]

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Tricky issues: Accessible WordPress Themes

June 6, 2017

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Topics: Accessibility, WordPress.

One of my volunteer activities is to manage accessibility reviews for the WordPress accessibility-ready theme project. I do many of the accessibility audits, and try and help other reviewers and authors figure out what is needed for their themes. The guidelines and how to test for them is documented extensively in the Accessibility guidelines for Themes. There are some quirks to auditing themes for accessibility. Themes are not Websites, and that has consequences. These quirks have to do with the […]

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Distinguishing between Projects: WordPress and WordPress.com

March 1, 2017

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Topics: Accessibility, WordPress.

At the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference this year, I attended a talk on creating accessible WordPress web sites. It was a good talk, if you understand that it was not a talk on WordPress. It was a talk on WordPress.com. This is an ongoing frustration anytime you’re working with WordPress: conflating WordPress.com and the WordPress project. They aren’t the same thing. While a large part of WordPress.com uses WordPress, it has a radically different implementation of the admin – including […]

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