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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.

The a11y Monthly: Story of a toggle

30 March 2017 | Andrea Fercia

This is the story of a little switch toggle, a custom HTML control we’ve recently implemented here at Yoast for our projects. Native HTML controls are always preferable, but we try to experiment and have a good balance between accessibility and good design. Wondering what custom controls are? Curious to see how modern design and …

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The a11y Monthly: Contributing to WordPress to spread accessibility culture

28 February 2017 | 3 Comments | Andrea Fercia

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 | Anton Timmermans

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 | Andrea Fercia

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 | Omar Reiss

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 | Anton Timmermans

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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The a11y Monthly: Web content accessibility at Yoast

28 October 2016 | 1 Comment | Andrea Fercia

Universal access to content is an essential aspect of the web. Helping people finding content is one of the first steps. For that reason, it is the responsibility of every developer to make sure content is accessible for everyone. At Yoast, accessibility matters a great deal. We’re all focused in an ongoing effort to improve the …

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