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‚Äôs 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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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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