Dude! Let’s improve things by adding more semantics!

Or maybe not. Don’t get me wrong – adding semantics is a good thing. But what’s better is adding the right semantics. This post is coming from a conversation I recently had discussing an issue about how WordPress should display a set of radio buttons. The proposal was to take the current format (radio buttons separated with break elements) and reformat them using list items. Awesome! More semantics! But let’s take a closer look at that. When you wrap content […]

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WordPress & Accessibility: Just where is the problem?

This morning, I had a conversation that highlighted for me one of the challenges WordPress faces in shaking off the label “not accessible”. It was a conversation with a large university system that was considering deploying WordPress as a resource for faculty blogs, within the institutional requirements that the site had to comply with WCAG 2.0 at level AA. They’d had the test installation reviewed by an expert blind user with JAWS, who had come back with a number of […]

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One year of accessibility-ready

On December 12th, 2013, WordPress 3.8 was released. With that release, the accessibility-ready tag was added to the WordPress theme repository. This addition was the result of over a year of planning and organization to make sure that we had buy-in from the WordPress theme review team, a set of guidelines to follow that the WordPress accessibility team could get behind, without creating demands on theme developers that would make conformance impractical. It’s been one year today since finding WordPress […]

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Good Coding Habits for Accessibility

This is the written version of my talk at WordCamp San Francisco 2014. Watch the video at WordPress.tv. Do you think web accessibility is hard? You’re right. Web Accessibility is hard in the same way that everything else in development is hard: designing and building any perfect product is always tough – even impossible. But getting 90% of the way there is easy. But I’m an advocate for practicality. So don’t set perfection as your goal. Just make things better. […]

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