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The a11y Monthly: 5 easy things you can do now to improve accessibility

1 May 2017 | 1 Comment |

Post: One of the concerns I often hear about accessibility is that it’s hard to implement and expensive. It’s true that retrofitting accessibility requirements on an existing website can be expensive. But that’s because it’s too late. Plan accessibility from the start and ensure that it’s embedded in the culture of your organization. This will make …

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Yoast goes TYPO3

25 April 2017 |

Post: Mid February, we announced our cooperation with the Dutch web agency MaxServ. Together we’ve been working on two new versions of Yoast SEO: Yoast SEO for TYPO3 and Yoast SEO for Magento 2. After an intense period of developing and testing we tagged our first stable version of Yoast SEO for TYPO3 last week. Such …

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The a11y Monthly: Contributing to WordPress to spread accessibility culture

28 February 2017 | 3 Comments |

Post: People call me an accessibility expert, but I don’t see myself as an expert. I do know quite a few things about HTML5, WAI-ARIA, browsers, and screen readers. I live in a small country, which is well known for its arts, food, and fashion. However, it is not famous for its information technology industry. So …

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12 months, 12 technologies

24 January 2017 |

Post: I think it is important to keep learning new things. To encourage myself to keep doing that, I have two different ways to learn new things. On the one hand, I follow people that consistently produce quality content which I can learn from. On the other hand, I explore other interests to meet new people …

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The a11y Monthly: Accessibility and JavaScript

29 December 2016 |

Post: In the last couple years, we’ve seen an increased adoption of JavaScript libraries and frameworks to build web applications. At Yoast, some important parts of our applications, such as our Yoast SEO plugin, have already moved to JavaScript. In the future, we’ll build most of our interfaces using React components. This shift to JavaScript is …

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The road to internal linking suggestions in Yoast SEO 4.0

13 December 2016 | 1 Comment |

Post: Today, we are releasing a new Premium feature for doing internal linking suggestions. Last week, I wrote a post on the SEO blog explaining how we can do this fast and without using up a lot of resources on the server side. Building this would not have been possible without much of the work we …

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Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval Workshop 2016

30 November 2016 |

Post: On Friday, Irene and I visited the Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval Workshop to learn more about information retrieval and to meet the Dutch/Belgian Information Retrieval community. Before going to this conference, I didn’t know what Information Retrieval was. Now I know what it comprises and how it relates to software development at Yoast. In our recently released …

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