New in Access Monitor: Test before you post

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 blog. This is a great formula for getting a general sense […]

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Accessibility for WordPress at

My first course with 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 member? It’s never too late to […]

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Be a power user: Access Monitor &

I just published an update to Access Monitor, and based on some of the feedback I’ve gotten, I want to talk about a handy trick for using Access Monitor more effectively. The feedback amounts to concerns about the amount of processing time Access Monitor can consume. This is fair – after all, if you want to test 50 pages of your site every day, that could be a lot of queries to Tenon, and those can each take a healthy […]

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WP Accessibility Update: alt enforcement

I released an update to WP Accessibility today, that adds some limited enforcement on alt attributes for images. It’s not as sophisticated as I’d like it to be, but it’s a start. This includes five separate pieces: In the media manager, images include an indication that shows whether they have an alt text set or have been marked as decorative. If neither is true, it shows a link that points directly to the alt attribute field for editing. In the […]

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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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