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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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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