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. 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 just me – […]

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Tricky issues: Accessible WordPress Themes

June 6, 2017

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Topics: Accessibility, WordPress.

One of the volunteer activities I do is to manage accessibility reviews for the WordPress accessibility-ready theme project. I do the majority of the accessibility audits, and try and help other accessibility reviewers and theme authors figure out what is needed for their themes. The guidelines and how to test for them is documented pretty extensively in the Accessibility guidelines for Themes. There are some quirks to auditing themes for accessibility since Themes are not Websites. As a corollary to […]

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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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Computer Vision API: What does it see?

August 29, 2016

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Topics: Accessibility, WordPress.

Microsoft has a service called the Computer Vision API. It’s a simple system: feed it an image, and it analyzes the image and returns text feedback. This is not a simple analysis task, but the actual process for a user is amazingly streamlined. Naturally, very little time passed before this service was called up to provide automatic alternative text. And, honestly, this seems like an awesome way to do this! Who needs to take the time and effort to manually […]

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Themes are not web sites

August 13, 2016

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Topics: Accessibility, WordPress.

Periodically, somebody asks me whether the themes reviewed for accessibility at WordPress.org are compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. The simple answer is no; but the real answer is a little more complicated. The only real answer I can give is that the question isn’t applicable to themes. The clue is in the name of the guidelines themselves: they are Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. They aren’t guidelines that cover only navigation, design, and structure: they cover content and the […]

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