Why an Accessibility Ready WordPress theme? If you have a requirement to build a WordPress website to be ADA or WCAG compliant (or simply want your website to be used by as many people as possible) you are going to want to start with a decent theme. A poorly chosen theme could scupper your chances… Continue Reading How To Choose An Accessibility Ready WordPress Theme (And Why)
The UserWay web accessibility widget is an add-on for websites to help improve their compliance with accessibility standards. One of its advantages is that it fixes accessibility issues out of the box, without requiring code rewrites. The widget is free to download and use. You can demo it for yourself at UserWay.org. It’s available as… Continue Reading The Userway Web Accessibility Widget – Does It Boost Accessibility?
As WordPress 5.0 launches today, with a new block editor, it seems timely to revisit this presentation I gave at WordCamp Edinburgh 2018 on 17 November. This was the talk description: The new Gutenberg editor is a key part of WordPress 5.0 which is going to change the user experience of WordPress, for better or… Continue Reading The User Experience and Accessibility of Gutenberg (The WordPress 5.0 Block Editor)
Accessibility Scotland 2018 took place on the 9th November for the third year running. This year’s event took place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, one of the most accessible venues I know. All the talks were live captioned and signed in BSL. Good to see @BillSimmons doing the sign language at #a11yScotland today @ringer… Continue Reading Accessibility Scotland 2018 – How To Understand Users Better
I attended a thought-provoking debate on Accessing Technology at the Edinburgh Book Festival on Sunday, part of their Freedom and Equality series. The precis read: Technological leaps have expanded opportunities for people with disabilities. At the same time, cuts to resources are making many feel isolated, misunderstood and attacked. How do we ensure everyone has… Continue Reading Accessing Technology Debate at the Edinburgh Book Festival
For the fourth year running, I’m pleased to say that I made it to WordCamp London. And what a conference it was! My main goals for the three days were: Attend the Contributor Day and learn enough about Git and the command line to be able to contribute to WordPress. Learn as much as I… Continue Reading WordCamp London 2018: Technology, Terrific Talks and Tribe
Reykjavik theme is a relatively new addition (October 2017) to WordPress’ family of accessibility-ready themes. It was created by Oliver Juhas of WebMan Design. Oliver has created a number of accessibility-ready themes, some free and some paid. The name Reykjavik evokes a product which is clean and modern. The theme description begins: Reykjavik is fresh, lightweight,… Continue Reading Is WordPress Reykjavik Theme Clean, Light And Accessible?
Updated 25 April 2018. Everyone loves images on social media. And visual content is popular in terms of shares and engagement. But what about the accessibility of those images? A blind person cannot see an engaging photo or infographic. One way to make images more accessible to users with visual impairments is to add alternative… Continue Reading How To Improve Your Social Media Image Accessibility
I attended a special networking event earlier this week at the Holiday Inn Edinburgh West. Staff from Guide Dogs Scotland were there to raise awareness and funds. The highlight of the morning was a talk from two of the staff, Linda and Leigh. Guide Dogs Scotland’s work Linda told us some facts and figures about… Continue Reading How Leigh’s Life Was Enriched By A Guide Dog
It’s been three months since I last looked at the WordPress Gutenberg editor, so I thought it was time to revisit. The last version I tried was version 0.4. It’s moved on quite a bit since then. We’re now on to version 1.4. What’s new in Gutenberg? Here are some of the changes I’ve noticed… Continue Reading The Evolution Of Gutenberg – Has It Improved?