Everybody should write a CMS

February 9, 2016

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Topics: Accessibility, Web Development, WordPress.

I’m not joking, although I’m sure that’s the first impression from this post’s title. But there’s a crucial caveat: everybody should write their own JavaScript framework or content management system; but very few should ever let their tool get used. There’s an enormous learning value in programming a large, complex system. You get a strong sense of accomplishment, while learning just how complicated it is to create a flexible theming system, menu structuring tool, and content editor – let alone […]

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I’m an accessibility consultant. Stop hiring me.

January 14, 2016

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Topics: Accessibility, Web Development.

I call myself an accessibility consultant when I’m not building WordPress plug-ins. But in all reality, you should stop hiring accessibility consultants. The work is awful, and nobody wants to do it. Seriously – the work is awful. I mean that. Building accessible web sites and applications? That’s awesome. Training you and your team on what’s involved in creating an accessible resource? Also awesome. Creating tools that help you identify or fix accessibility issues? Really, seriously awesome. Diving into that […]

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New in Access Monitor: Test before you post

October 22, 2015

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Topics: Accessibility, WordPress.

In today’s release of Access Monitor, I’ve added two powerful new features for keeping your site accessible: the ability to test your posts before you publish them and the ability to prevent a post from being published if it doesn’t meet your required accessibility criteria. Right now, the accessibility criteria I’m using is crude. It’s a percentage score based on error density, using the formula described in the Tenon.io blog. This is a great formula for getting a general sense […]

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My Calendar Pro released today!

August 11, 2015

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Topics: Accessibility, WordPress.

Months of development, and I’m finally releasing My Calendar version 2.4.0 and the new premium add-on for My Calendar: My Calendar Pro. My Calendar Pro replaces My Calendar: Submissions, and incorporates all the functionality formerly found in My Calendar Submissions, while expanding the plug-in to offer extensive additional features. These are early days for My Calendar Pro – I have a lot more features to add, but while it’s still getting fleshed out, I’m offering it for sale at a […]

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Accessibility for WordPress at Lynda.com

July 27, 2015

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Topics: Accessibility, WordPress.

My first course with Lynda.com went live today: Accessibility for WordPress. It’s an introduction to accessibility topics, understanding accessibility in themes and plug-ins, and writing accessible code. Does it cover everything? It sure doesn’t – you can’t cover the entirety of either WordPress or Accessibility in an hour and a half; but it’ll give you a great introduction to what you need to know to work accessibility in the WordPress ecosystem. Not a Lynda.com member? It’s never too late to […]

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