Accessible WordPress Plug-ins: what does it mean?

November 15, 2011

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Topics: Accessibility, WordPress.

I’ve been writing WordPress plug-ins for a while now — I launched my first plug-in a little more than 3 years ago. I’ve been involved in web site accessibility for about seven years. Naturally, when I started writing WordPress plug-ins, making them accessible was part of my goal. But accessible software extensions have two aspects: the interface, and the output: and I don’t have complete control over either. Is it possible to make a plug-in with accessible output, guaranteed, every […]

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On the Perception of Relevance

May 23, 2011

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Topics: Accessibility.

Search engines and humans are always looking for relevance. When we first open a document on the web (or in our mail), one of our first actions is frequently to determine whether this document is relevant to our needs. In the case of e-mail or physical mail, this is entirely a “push” experience — messages are sent to us, and we evaluate them for relevance. Spam survives largely on that obscure edge case where we identify their messages as relevant. […]

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WordPress Call for Accessibility

May 6, 2011

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Topics: Accessibility, WordPress.

Jane Wells, the WordPress user interface lead, posted a call for accessibility reviewers for WordPress 3.2 and the new Twenty Eleven theme. I would dearly love to help with this, but in all practicality I don’t think I can commit to it right now. However, I hope that if there’s anybody out there with a good handle on accessibility issues and a little extra time they’ll volunteer to provide their thoughts! WordPress has demonstrated an interest in accessibility, but they […]

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What is Web Accessibility?

May 1, 2011

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Topics: Accessibility.

Accessibility Accessibility is a general term used to describe how easy it is for people to get to, use, and understand things. (Wikipedia) It is a common mistake to believe that accessibility refers exclusively to the relationship between people with disabilities and their environment. That is, that making a building, website, or other device "accessible" is merely the process of ensuring that a person with a disability will be able to use it. This is not precisely wrong; it is […]

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Accessibility isn’t about technology

April 13, 2011

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Topics: Accessibility, Web Development.

I’m a firm believer that the first step to creating effective accessible web sites is to understand the nature of disability. Learning all the technological elements which can affect that accessibility is also necessary, but if you don’t understand why you’re employing the technology, you’re far more likely to make simple but costly mistakes. My latest article, 10 Common Developer Mistakes, published at Ecommerce Developer, covers examples of some of those still-common mistakes which are fundamentally the result of a […]

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