Going Dutch

This spring comes with change. On May 14th I started working for Level Level, a Dutch WordPress Agency in Rotterdam.  

I left Human Made. And that was a painful decision. But I believe it was the right decision for me to take. Remote working is not for everyone. And I realised, it is also not for me.

Human Made is an absolute wonderful company, my HM colleagues are talented and kind. I did development and a11y reviews for client projects. Human Made gave me time to work on WordPress core, lead the accessibility team, speak at WordCamps, publish research. A true dream job.

But in my heart I was very alone and tired. All the communication in English, working with different time zones, asynchronous communication in Slack, it wore me out. This is me by nature, not the fault of anyone here. Other people thrive on remote working.

The Dutch WordPress community is very close. I always feel at home and between friends in a local WordCamp or Meetup. I realised: this is where I belong. So when Taeke Reijenga, the CEO of Level Level, asked me to work for him in Rotterdam, I said yes.

With Level Level I’m going to join the developers team, teach web accessibility and do reviews. In Rotterdam, not far from where I live.

Besides that I can spend time on the WordPress Accessibility Team; I will continue to work with the Accessibility Team; speak and work at WordCamps and meetups, that will not change.

I’m very grateful for what I’ve learned in my time with Human Made. I’ve made some good friends and I hope to hug and work with them in future WordCamps.

Entering a new chapter in my career now. Feeling good 🙂

Keyboard test Gutenberg, a first try

How does Gutenberg 2.3 perform with keyboard only? I’ve set up a test and looked for issues. The test, the results and a YouTube with the test are included.

Goal of this Gutenberg test is to see where currently the problems are and collect data to write a manual for keyboard users. Also I want to learn and construct a standard test for other assistive technology. The test is set up to do the most common tasks for a content manager (who is not a developer). Like add and modify text, headings, images, lists, tables, and embeds.

The test results are part of the large scale Gutenberg  testing for Accessibility, organized by The WordPress Accessibility team.

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Accessible custom styled form elements

HTML elements like check buttons, radio buttons or select options can be hard to style with CSS in a custom design. There are many workarounds for this, but are they accessible? Here’s my point of view.

The challenge

HTML elements like check buttons, radio buttons or select options can be hard to style with CSS in a custom design. There are many workarounds for this, based on two different approaches:

  1. Hide the form elements from sight and apply the styling on a container or related element
  2. Hide the form elements from sight and rewrite the functionality, using styleable elements like <div>s and JavaScript

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