The W3C Drops WordPress from Consideration

September 27, 2020

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Topics: Accessibility, Web standards, WordPress.

Yesterday morning, one of my fellow WP Accessibility Day organizers pinged me with the message that they hoped that Studio 24’s decision to drop WordPress because of accessibility flaws would lead to a new version of WP focused on accessibility improvements. My first reaction, predictably enough, was: Who is Studio 24, and why should I care? Because, frankly, I saw that comment and had no idea what it was about or why I should care. On exploring the topic, and […]

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Reminder: Accessibility can’t be solved automatically

June 9, 2020

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Topics: Accessibility, WordPress.

The other day, Mike Gifford shared a post from Small Business Trends that talked about how free accessibility plugins cause problems for small business, in which my plug-in WP Accessibility was cited. In that message, he expressed that he was sorry to see my plug-in lumped in with other shady web site accessibility toolbars. But, in all honesty, I’m OK with that. WP Accessibility is definitely different from most of these other so-called accessibility toolbars, in that I’ve worked hard […]

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Accessibility is Equality

I’ve long felt that accessibility is conceptually simple, and technically difficult. I’ve believed that if you can convey the fundamental concept of digital accessibility to somebody, everything else can be extrapolated from principles. That doesn’t mean that somebody would conform to accessibility guidelines at any level based on this. Reaching for accessibility by application of principles doesn’t necessarily yield the same result as what you’ll find in accessibility guidelines, but – in principle – should still encourage a sound interpretation […]

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Thursday, September 27th, 2012

July 9, 2019

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Topics: Accessibility, WordPress.

On Thursday, September 27th, 2012, I wrote this email to the WordPress theme reviewers email list (which is now defunct.) So, this is my first post to the theme-reviewers list, so I hope I’m proposing this in the best possible place. I’ve been in a number of discussions with people in the Accessibility and the WordPress communities about the need to improve accessibility in WordPress themes — or, more specifically, improve the ability to locate accessible WordPress themes which have […]

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Leveling the Playing Field: We’re all Differently Abled

March 25, 2019

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Topics: Accessibility, Usability.

Originally published March 25th, 2009 at Accessites.org; recovered from the Internet Archive. Accessibility and web accessibility are often highlighted as issues for people with disabilities. This is no surprise, all things considered, given the common definition of accessibility. “Disability” is, however, an almost meaninglessly broad term. Many of those who could be considered disabled would not choose to self-identify as disabled. “Disability” is a label, and like any label, the members of the labeled group are diverse and may exhibit […]

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