December 12, 2017 — In this lightning session, we showcase the “NC State Accessibility Helper,” a homegrown plugin that uses the tools WordPress gives us to put accessibility testing and learning resources in front of content creators before they hit the “Publish” button. We will demonstrate the user experience and briefly walk through how this simple plugin works under the hood.
December 7, 2017 — If you are a theme, plugin or core developer/designer you need to test your work for accessibility errors, but how to do this and what guidelines to follow (like: what is WCAG 2 AA)?
In this talk I will give you an overview of useful test tools, how to use them and how to integrate testing your development workflow. Also, I will give you tips on additional testing that can’t be automated, like using your site with only keyboard.
November 15, 2017 — Understandings of (1) the legal environment, (2) the pov of people with impairments, and (3) how to make their websites more accessible.
October 19, 2017 — First impressions are important. Your website serves a role comparable to attractive shop window displays. You want your website to be visually enticing, engaging and most of all provides an exceptional user experience. With 1 in 5 Americans having a disability it’s additionally important to have your website designed for accessibility. Learn how designing for accessibility will improve user experience.
October 1, 2017 — Accessibility can feel overwhelming with lots of scary-sounding legal language and complicated requirements. We’ll take a quick look at the laws around accessibility so they don’t sound so scary. Then we’ll go over the basics of making accessible WordPress websites from the perspective of both design and development. We’ll go over practical examples of accessibility requirements. Finally, we’ll discuss tools you can use to help you get comfortable thinking about accessibility and testing for it on any website, including your next project.
August 1, 2017 — As organizers, we want our events to best reflect the local WordPress community. However (just like websites), sometimes real-life events are not accessible for everyone. In this talk, I’ll cover a number of ways you can make your events more welcoming for people with disabilities and by extension, everyone else.
July 21, 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 and why it’s important
▪ Common accessibility issues
▪ Legal requirements
▪ How to test the accessibility of themes and other products before you buy
▪ How to test and support accessibility in your projects
June 29, 2017 — With the arrival of the so-called European Union “Accessibility Directive”, there has been a lot talk lately about the accessibility of the modern web. The public sector is hustling to comply with the requirements to meet the directive as soon as 2020. Most common guidelines to comply with the requirements of the directive are the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
The guidelines, while extremely useful and comprehensive, aren’t the Holy Grail of accessibility. G-Works undertook a large project with the national centre for accessible literature and publishing in Finland, Celia, to create a new user interface for Celia’s library system. The criteria was to push the boundaries of accessibility not only to create a accessible service but to take it to the next level. While doing this, we noticed that the WCAG is not perfect – and has, in fact, some contradictions.
The topic will focus on telling about accessibility in general, effects of the directive, what to take into account while designing accessible web services and some tips for the coders as well.