This post was originally published on 31 January 2018 and was revised and updated on 4 June 2020. 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 […]
An Accessible Word Document Checklist
While I focus on websites in my work, thanks to Deque University I’ve been learning about applying accessibility principles to other types of content. While many documents are distributed online as PDFs, making an accessible PDF is tricky because you need to have a copy of Adobe Acrobat to ensure it is marked up as […]
Spotlight On Elementor Accessibility – Does It Build Accessible Pages?
Following on from my look at Beaver Builder accessibility, I thought it was time to turn my attention to another page builder, Elementor. With now over 4 million active installs on WordPress.org, and over 4,500 5-star reviews, Elementor is an incredibly popular and well-loved page builder. But can it build accessible websites? Elementor’s blog has […]
How To Add Closed Captioning To A Video – And What I Learned
Background: 2018, Glasgow Back in September 2018 I attended a WordPress Contributor Day in Glasgow. Contributor Days are events where WordPress users are invited to contribute to the project. A common misconception is that giving something to WordPress means writing code. But there are many other ways to make your mark in the WordPress project. […]
Focus On Beaver Builder Accessibility – Is the End Product Accessible?
Someone recently asked me about how accessible the Beaver Builder page builder is. Beaver Builder is a very popular page builder for WordPress that lets users drag and drop content – in the form of modules – to assemble their own sites. It’s aimed at both non-technical users and web professionals. Beaver Builder’s team have […]
Accessibility Scotland 2019: A Focus On Accessibility And Ethics
I’ve enjoyed Accessibility Scotland since it started in 2016. I was highly anticipating this year’s event. It was so popular that the conference sold out 5 weeks in advance. Accessibility and Ethics was the theme for Accessibility Scotland 2019. It was a single track conference with 5 speakers on the day. Unusually there was a […]
Can You Really Make An Accessible Slider For WordPress?
The hunt for an accessible slider I have to admit this is a strange post for me to write, as I don’t like sliders! So why pen this post? To help others who do use sliders, who might not have factored accessibility into the decision. I will attempt to highlight some of the accessibility problems […]
How To Quickly Check Your WordPress Content Accessibility Before Publishing
There are a variety of tools to test your WordPress website’s accessibility. The problem is that many of them require a live web page to check. And if you’re trying to get accessibility right, you most likely want to test your work before showing it to the world. If you want to check a post […]
How To Choose An Accessibility Ready WordPress Theme (And Why)
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 […]
The Userway Web Accessibility Widget – Does It Boost Accessibility?
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 […]