The a11y Monthly: Language and cultural background in an inclusive international community

29 June 2018 by Andrea Fercia »

Accessibility Tools

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 »

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The a11y Monthly: Making modals accessible

4 May 2018 by Andrea Fercia » - 1 Comment

accessibility responsibility

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 »

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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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Migrating Yoast.com’s webshop from EDD to WooCommerce

27 February 2018 by Anton Timmermans » - 6 Comments

Moving to WooCommerce

At Yoast, we optimize every aspect of websites’ performance. Our goal is to make the web a better place by making websites more usable, easier to navigate, faster, and more reliable. In September 2017 we migrated our webshop from Easy Digital Downloads (EDD) to WooCommerce — it’s where we sell all the tools, products, and »

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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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How to correctly wrap WordPress JavaScript documentation

20 December 2017 by Anton Timmermans » - 1 Comment

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The WordPress JavaScript documentation standards have an interesting section about line length. You should wrap your DocBlock text to the next line after 80 characters of text. The reason for this is to make code readable in any editor. Even if the editor doesn’t have a build-in wrapping mechanism. There is a simple way to »


The a11y Monthly: Thoughts after WordCamp US

7 December 2017 by Andrea Fercia »

Yoast SEO 3.0

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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User-testing Gutenberg

30 October 2017 by Tim Hengeveld » - 4 Comments

gutenberg and copy writing

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 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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