November 11, 2014 — This presentation will focus on how to write effectively for any audience. This will be a back to basics interactive session that will make even the most technical subjects understandable to readers outside the specialty.
November 4, 2014 — Disabled users help uncover interesting behaviors when Accessible User Experience (UX) research methods are applied to WordPress. Results are very instructive and apply to many use cases.
November 3, 2014 — Lightning Talk:
Web accessibility isn’t a collection of check boxes; it’s a way of thinking about web development. This talk outlines development habits for building WordPress sites that provide a consistent and reliable experience for everyone.
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.