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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Your Accessibility Toolbar Doesn’t Help

March 19, 2019

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Topics: Accessibility, News, WordPress.

Mr. Borghi said that he was happy to make his gallery’s website accessible and that he was able to do it with a free widget from WordPress, which added narration, larger fonts and keyboard navigation. But he said he was not sure if that made him fully compliant; the lawsuit against his gallery is still pending. NYTimes.com, 2/18/2019 Mr. Borghi is not certain whether adding this unidentified WordPress plug-in made him fully compliant – but I can readily suggest an […]

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WordPress 5.0 Releases Today. What should you do?

December 6, 2018

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Topics: Accessibility, WordPress.

The hubbub surrounding Gutenberg (soon to be known only as “the block editor”) has been intense since early October. For the purpose of this post, I want to put aside discussion of the process that lead to the release. Instead, I’m going to make my own specific recommendations for what users of WordPress should do. First, this is based on the assumption that you will stay on WordPress. Unless you have a pressing need to change content management systems, I […]

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