Two weeks ago, I've attended WordCamp Europe in Belgrade, together with many colleagues from the Yoast team. As usual, it's been a great event and also an excellent opportunity to think about what an inclusive event is. In this post, I'd not like to talk technical accessibility, but share some personal thoughts about what I think …Read: "The a11y Monthly: Language and cultural background in an inclusive international community"
Recent Accessibility articles
Modals are a pretty common interface on the Web. Developers and designers might give them different names: lightbox, modal window, dialog, overlay... but they're basically the same thing. A modal is a window that appears on top of the page overlaying other content. In this post, I'll try to explain what needs to be done to make …Read: "The a11y Monthly: Making modals accessible"
In my previous monthly post, I've shared a few tips and tools for accessibility testing for beginners. In this post, I'd like to tell you when I was a complete beginner myself, and how starting to test for accessibility helped me to be a better professional. Not surprisingly, my first impact with assistive technologies wasn't …Read: "The a11y Monthly: Testing for accessibility makes you a better professional"
In-depth accessibility testing requires knowledge and experience. But even if you're not a specialist, you can start testing for accessibility today. In a previous post, I've talked about five easy things you can do to improve accessibility. In this post, I'd like to share with you a few tools you can use to test the accessibility …Read: "The a11y Monthly: Accessibility testing for beginners"
Big meetings like WordCamp US are always a good opportunity to get a feel for what has been accomplished during the year. It helps to get an idea of where we're at with general trends in the WordPress community. At WordCamp US this year I've seen people from all over the world sharing ideas, having …Read: "The a11y Monthly: Thoughts after WordCamp US"
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 …Read: "The a11y Monthly: Give your HTML elements an accessible name"
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 …Read: "The a11y Monthly: Spruce up your website accessibility with aria-current"
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" …Read: "The a11y Monthly: Does Accessibility slow down the development process?"
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 …Read: "The a11y Monthly: Accessibility for the future you"