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Welcome to the dev blog, where you can find articles on subject matters such as WordPress code, a11y, Gutenberg and all other things related to programming.

User-testing Gutenberg

30 October 2017 | 4 Comments |

Post: At Yoast, we organize a company-wide user testing session each month. In these sessions, we ask our employees to take a look at a product or feature. On October 12th we focused on user-testing Gutenberg. We did this to gain a better understanding of how different users work with Gutenberg. This knowledge is sure to …

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The a11y Monthly: Give your HTML elements an accessible name

30 October 2017 |

Post: Recently, I joined a conversation where someone said a great part of accessibility is “subjective.” While I’d agree that sometimes the perception of accessibility is subjective, there are objective rules. I’m not referring just to the official specifications such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines or the ARIA Authoring Practices. There are practical rules every …

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The a11y Monthly: Spruce up your website accessibility with aria-current

28 September 2017 | 2 Comments |

Post: The aria-current attribute is a new, tiny bit of HTML in the upcoming ARIA 1.1 specification. It’s a simple, effective way to communicate to assistive technologies which the current item within a set of related items is. Here, I’ll try to explain how such a small attribute can improve your website accessibility. I’ll also show how …

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On the WordPress UI library choice: extensibility over interoperability

25 September 2017 | 2 Comments |

Post: In the upcoming weeks, WordPress will choose a UI rendering framework. I’ve heard many claims plugin / theme developers will still be able to use whatever they like, regardless of what WordPress chooses. I think we shouldn’t count on that, nor should we focus on providing interoperability at this point. Instead we should focus first …

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The a11y Monthly: Does Accessibility slow down the development process?

31 August 2017 | 1 Comment |

Post: I’ve been focusing on web accessibility for a few years now. One of the complaints I’ve often heard from business owners and managers is that implementing accessibility is hard and slows down the development process. For this reason, sometimes accessibility gets postponed or set aside in the erroneous belief that’s something that can be “added” …

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The a11y Monthly: Accessibility for the future you

28 July 2017 | 4 Comments |

Post: One of the most common misconceptions I often hear about Web accessibility is that accessibility is for people with disabilities or with some kind of impairment. Some people think it relates to a small percentage of users. Business owners and managers, even the ones who understand the value of accessibility, sometimes tend to think it can …

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The a11y Monthly: Why you shouldn’t rely on the title attribute

9 June 2017 | 1 Comment |

Post: The title attribute is a small bit of HTML that developers can use on most of the HTML elements. In desktop browsers, the title attribute content is typically displayed as a visual “tooltip”. The attribute has been around for about 15 years. It is still widely used on the internet in the belief it’s a …

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