February 26, 2018 — WordPress has always been about websites, but it’s not just about websites. It’s about freedom and possibility. When we build websites for ourselves and others we are democratizing publishing for everyone regardless of language, ability, or economic wherewithal.
At Automattic, we believe Inclusive Design is essential to this mission. We’re inspired by the work of Kat Holmes and her clear articulation of design as needing to be increasingly inclusive — especially in the technology world.
Inclusive Design is for those who want to make great products for the greatest number of people. A philosophy of openness that matches the freedoms of WordPress, yet also offers a practical approach to growing your business. To reach more people, to find a larger addressable market by recognizing exclusion and learning from diversity. As Kat says, “Solve for one, extend to many.”
In this talk I’ll share the most important principles of Inclusive Design illustrated with stories from product improvements in our work at Automattic for WordPress.com and Jetpack (https://design.blog/inclusive/).
February 21, 2018 — Unfortunately, when developing WCAG2, the Working Group did not envision the current world where mobile is almost ubiquitous. For example, on a mobile device there is no continual access to a keyboard (unless someone is using it as an add-on to the device – or using a Blackberry Classic). WCAG2 requires that all content be accessible to the keyboard interface, but it does not require that all content be accessible to a mouse or to a touchscreen user – which is essential on a mobile device. Gian Wild talks about the unique accessibility issues on a mobile site and mobile app, including hover traps, VoiceOver swipe traps and zoom traps.
Accessibility is important to all – not everyone using your mobile app, device or wearable will be fully functioning: either because they have a disability or they are simply engaged elsewhere. Gian Wild talks about the things that are essential to avoid when designing mobile apps, devices and wearables to ensure that everyone can use them.
This is a fun talk, with lots of gasps and laughter. It is example after example of mobile accessibility fails – but they just look like mobile fails! In this way I try and stress that a usability issue is really an accessibility issue, and making a mobile site accessible actually makes it usable too.
I talk about specific mobile accessibility features: pinch zoom, native screen readers, haptic keyboard etc, and system accessibility settings: font size, screen rotation, high contrast etc
I outline the major things that need to be considered when dealing with a mobile site or mobile app:
Autoplay and movement
On-screen keyboard traps, hover traps, VoiceOver swipe traps, Touch traps
Inherited system settings
Pixellation on zoom
Touch target size
Spacing between touch targets
January 29, 2018 — Creating an accessible website or plugin is a team effort and not only the responsibility of the designer or the developer.
In this talk Rian gives you starting points, dos and don’ts, references to good resources, code and design examples, and easy test tools.
But most of all, she wants to change your point of view. The way you look at a website will never be the same.
January 10, 2018 — The number of companies facing legal action for inaccessible websites is on the rise. Inaccessible websites and digital content can limit access for users with disabilities. While automated evaluation is not an adequate substitute for accessibility testing, WordPress users can employ web accessibility evaluation tools to help determine if their content is accessible to users with disabilities. This session will provide an overview of several free WordPress plugins and web-based tools. Designers, developers, and content creators can utilize these tools to evaluate websites against recognized guidelines and create a better user experience.
December 20, 2017 — I had a great time interviewing Josh. We have run across each other a few times since we first met at WCUS 2015.
We talk about WCUS 2017 and his presentation which can be found at WordPress TV – https://wordpress.tv/2017/12/10/josh-pollock-five-attitudes-stopping-you-from-building-accessible-wordpress-websites/
Josh has been spending time working with the Gutenberg Editor and creating plugins.
We discuss the pros and cons of big WordCamps versus smaller WordCamps.
He is a big proponent of the WordPress Community and always has time to help people.
One thing that I neglected to tell Josh. This is the 70th interview that I have done since June of last year.
In this presentation I will outline a few key points to keep in mind when you are designing your next beautiful website or theme. I will illustrate the points with some good (and bad) examples.
Good design and web accessibility can go hand in hand – come and find out how.
I have previously presented this talk at WordCamp London 2017 and WordCamp Bristol 2017, WordCamp Edinburgh and a couple of WP meetup groups.
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.