October 28, 2014 — Accessibility is a growing concern in the WordPress community at large. Accessibility in web design means creating a site that everyone can use. The U.S. Census Bureau says that over 47 million Americans have a disability of some kind. The UN and the World Bank say this adds up to 650 million people worldwide. That’s around 10% of everyone in the world. At some point in our lives, disability will affect most of us, no matter who you are. Every decision you make as a developer affects hundreds of thousands of people (or more!).
The mission statement of WordPress is to democratize publishing through Open Source, GPL software. WordPress ‘out of the box’ is already a great way to make a website accessible. As theme developers we can do more. People who can’t see or hear, others that can’t use a mouse, people who use special assistive devices to access the web — these people need to access websites. As theme developers, we need to know about accessibility.
Accessibility Statement: “Accessibility is the degree to which a product, device, service, or environment is available to as many people as possible.” Cynthia Waddell
There are 2,655 themes in the WordPress.org theme repository. Only 12 of those themes have the tag ‘accessibility-ready’. We can meet those accessibility guidelines with just a few extras steps. We will start with basic things like creating readable headlines and adding alt text to images. From there we will cover some of the information in the Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 Guidelines.
Trisha will provide real world examples from the perspective of her visually impaired son.
We are all responsible for making our part of a project accessible. You will need to shake things and change your processes a bit in order to achieve accessibility.
September 14, 2014 — Web accessibility (A11Y) is about making the web usable for people with disabilities, and it also benefits others with changing abilities, such as older people. Internationalization (I18N) and localization (L10N) are about translating web sites into other languages. UTF8 is a Unicode character set, which is now the dominant one used on the web, and it’s designed to include characters from just about every written language. Each of these topics are typically discussed in isolation from each other, but in this talk – after a gentle introduction to each of them – we’ll explore their interconnections. We’ll also take a look at what WordPress provides for supporting them in your work creating sites, themes, or plugins.
September 2, 2014 — When we make it easier for users who face vision or mobility challenges to use websites, we make them easier for everyone to use. From larger hit areas to clear indications of state we’ll cover a few simple things we can start and stop doing with CSS to make websites faster to navigate with a keyboard, easier to use with a course pointer, and understandable without visual formatting.
August 19, 2014 — The focus of this quick presentation is on website and WordPress accessibility. It briefly explains what web accessibility is and what it involves and demonstrates a popular web accessibility evaluation tool that any develop can use to test their website’s accessibility.
August 13, 2014 — We create applications for our users They have different skills, different styles, different abilities and they use our sites in many different ways. Let’s discuss the way that users use our site and remember the users we forget.
August 8, 2014 — This video shows you how to add a subtitle or translation file to any video hosted on WordPress.tv. Before you get started it is a good idea to first go to Amara.org and create a free account.
July 23, 2014 — With WordPress 3.8, the theme repository supports a tag called ‘accessibility-ready’, to promote and identify themes that make it possible to build an accessible web site with WordPress. Learn what it takes to make a theme meet the accessibility-ready guidelines — and why we can’t call any theme “accessible.”
May 21, 2014 — This session shows examples of how people with different kinds of disabilities use the web and the common obstacles they bump into. A good start in improving web accessibility is to understand the needs of the users. We all have a responsibility to assure that, regardless of what we produce on the Internet, it should be accessible to as many people as possible.
May 15, 2014 — WordPress incorporates the powerful and flexible MediaElementJS library to handle audio and video files. It also includes oEmbed for many online video sources. On top of that, there are tons of plug-ins available for handling audio and video files. This presentation goes through the ins and outs of making your multimedia documents accessible, what the issues are with the native WordPress methods and popular plug-ins, and show you how to make sure that you’re making your media available to as much of your potential audience as you can.
March 20, 2014 — Site owners are looking for accessible WordPress themes. There is a spectacular lack of accessible WordPress themes. Accessibility practitioners around the world, including Rocio Alvarado of Montreal, are creating free accessible WordPress themes. The presentation covers accessibility in general and as it applies to WordPress in particular including accessible plugins and widgets, and also content creation.