April 6, 2017 — Web accessibility refers to the inclusive practice of removing barriers that prevent interaction with, or access to, websites by people with disabilities. When your website is accessible, all users can access your content and functionality no matter their abilities. Visually-impaired users can visit your website using a screen reader. Those who can’t use a mouse can navigate your site using a keyboard or other input device. Most accessibility features will also improve your SEO. When your site is inaccessible, research shows you could be excluding up to 20 percent of your users. This talk will cover the basics of accessibility, why it’s important, and how you can support accessibility in your projects.
March 30, 2017 — 1 in 5 people in the US, report having some kind of disability. For some, these disabilities make it difficult to access the internet. That’s where web accessibility comes in. According to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), web accessibility means that “people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and that they can contribute to the Web.” Not only does web accessibility help people with disabilities, it helps others experience the Web, including individuals whose abilities have changed as they’ve gotten older.
Web accessibility is so much more than standards and checking off items on a list. It’s about having empathy for someone else. To be frank, web accessibility makes it possible for everyone to google the burning question that we all have at 2a.m.: Where can I get pizza at this hour?
This talk will cover:
The basics of web accessibility
“People First” language
The importance of empathy
Inclusive design and content creation best practices
Helpful tools and resources
March 12, 2017 — Episode 15
I throw out the idea of a new interview series that would feature chats with the various leaders of the Make WordPress Teams.
We take a look at the Community Team and news about the various stages that WordCamps are in.
From the Accessibility Team, we take a quick look at the Handbook.
March 3, 2017 — This episode we take a quick look at Marketing and Accessibility.
Marketing has made a call to action asking that WordPress Meetups record quick video testimonials. A “testimonial” category has been added to the WordPress TV Video Submission page.
Accessibility (and other Teams) are making plans and taking suggestions for topics to be discussed at the Contributor Day at WordCamp Europe.
January 16, 2017 — Amanda Rush designs websites and web applications using various content management systems including WordPress, as well as testing websites for accessibility according to the W3C standards and for Section 508 compliance. She checks for usability with Jaws for Windows, Non-Visual Desktop Access, (NVDA), Window Eyes, System Access, and VoiceOver at Customer Servant Consultancy.
For the full description of the interview, go to: https://blog.wordpress.tv
December 23, 2016 — We often don’t think about people with disabilities when designing websites. They are the minority of our visitors and our budget is not that big, right? In this talk I will explore how people with disabilities use the web and will give you some guidelines that will help you create better user experiences for everyone.
December 12, 2016 — You want to learn how to build an accessible website or plugin and have no idea what is important or where to start? In this talk Rian will explain the most important issues and where to get help and documentation.
Also she will show you how to test your work and how to read the rest results.
December 7, 2016 — Sushil is a youth and disability rights activist currently working to raise awareness on disability rights and issue in Nepal and beyond. He is also a computer instructor, sound editor, blogger, positive thinker, writer, and the founder of a volunteer-based youth-led venture called, Bright Star Society.
Sushil is visually-impaired IT promoter and the advocate for accessibility. Through his presentation he highlighted the importance of having accessible ready websites and why it is one of the rising issue in the digital world.
October 8, 2016 — The transfer of information is paramount in design. Technology has made it possible to consume a mass of information in minimal time – is your design helping the flow of this information, or hindering it? While accessibility for those with challenges is one end of the spectrum, have you been designing for the other end? Have you been designing for telepathy or those with advanced capabilities? This talk will explore the spectrum of accessibility for both the challenged and the more advanced in today’s design.
October 8, 2016 — When your website is accessible, all users can access your content no matter their abilities. Visually-impaired users can visit your website using a screen reader.