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.… Continue Reading How To Add Closed Captioning To A Video – And What I Learned
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… Continue Reading Focus On Beaver Builder Accessibility – Is the End Product Accessible?
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… Continue Reading Accessibility Scotland 2019: A Focus On Accessibility And Ethics
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… Continue Reading Can You Really Make An Accessible Slider For WordPress?
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… Continue Reading How To Quickly Check Your WordPress Content Accessibility Before Publishing
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