How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the WordPress Community

WordPress and Accessibility. It has always been a difficult discussion. The developers wrote code, without knowing what’s important for someone that doesn’t see a website like they do. And the WordPress Accessibility team could not find the time or voice to help them fix the problems. So we asked members of the WordPress community for help, and they answered!

WordPress and Accessibility. It has always been a difficult discussion. The developers wrote code, without knowing what’s important for someone that doesn’t see a website like they do. And the WordPress Accessibility team could not find the time or voice to help them fix the problems. So we asked members of the WordPress community for help, and they answered!

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Accessible HTML5 heading structure in WordPress

How to get a WordPress developer all emotional and fanatic: discuss about heading structure.
Here’s my point of view on how headings should be set up in a WordPress theme.
And an overview of the pros and cons brought up in discussions.

How to get a WordPress developer all emotional and fanatic: discuss about heading structure.

Here’s my point of view on how headings should be set up in a WordPress theme. And an overview of the pros and cons brought up in discussions.

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Storytelling in HTML: practical accessibility

A web page can be perfectly WCAG 2 proof, but if it doens’t tell a story, it’s still a puzzle for people that depend on a braille line or a screen reader.
Set yourself in the place of someone who get’s your web page read out loud linearly and the only clue she has on what the structure is, are headings and links.

For my work I build sites for blind people. They use a braille line and screen reader to read and navigate a website. During the development of those websites I learned that blind people read a web page differently than I do.

Blind web users read a page linearly and depend on headings and links to navigate.

This changed the way I build site dramatically, I changed from visual coding to story telling coding. Continue reading “Storytelling in HTML: practical accessibility”

A placeholder is no label; search forms in WordPress can do better

Wordpress developers can do better when building search forms. If it looks OK for me, it works OK for everyone? That point of view only counts when you can see properly. So how to do a search form for WordPress?

WordPress developers can do better when building search forms. If it looks OK for me, it works OK for everyone? That point of view only counts when you can see properly.

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