Posts by Andrea Fercia

Andrea Fercia

At Yoast, I help improving Yoast's technology accessibility, spreading accessibility culture and blogging about it. I try to do my best to do the same for WordPress, where I'm contributing as a permanent core committer.

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The a11y Monthly: Testing for accessibility makes you a better professional

30 March 2018 by Andrea Fercia »

Accessibility matters

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 »

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The a11y Monthly: Accessibility testing for beginners

28 February 2018 by Andrea Fercia »

Accessibility Tools

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 »

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The a11y Monthly: How to repair the page navigation your JavaScript framework broke

31 January 2018 by Andrea Fercia »

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In modern web development, building web applications using JavaScript frameworks is a growing trend. And with good reasons, as JavaScript frameworks offer several advantages. However, the shift to a different interaction model creates new accessibility challenges that haven’t been fully addressed yet. In this post, I’d like to talk about a fundamental aspect of accessibility: »

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The a11y Monthly: Thoughts after WordCamp US

7 December 2017 by Andrea Fercia »

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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 »

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The a11y Monthly: Give your HTML elements an accessible name

30 October 2017 by Andrea Fercia »

Accessibility matters

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 by Andrea Fercia » - 2 Comments

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

31 August 2017 by Andrea Fercia » - 1 Comment

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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 by Andrea Fercia » - 4 Comments

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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 by Andrea Fercia » - 1 Comment

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

1 May 2017 by Andrea Fercia » - 1 Comment

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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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