Accessibility

A topic that’s sometimes overlooked, but definitely deserves attention is accessibility. Because it matters that your website can be used by all its visitors. Therefore we often write about accessibility checks, tools and more!

This topic is closely related to usability.


Must read articles about Accessibility

The a11y Monthly: Accessibility and JavaScript

29 December 2016 by Andrea Fercia »

Template Devevlopment blog

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 a11y Monthly: keep your colors under control

28 November 2016 by Andrea Fercia » - 2 Comments

According to the World Health Organization, 246 million people have low vision worldwide. Approximately 1 in 12 men (8%) and 1 in 200 women in the world have some form of altered perception of colors. At Yoast, we’ve decided to review the colors used in all our projects to improve text contrast and readability. Better »

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The a11y Monthly: web content accessibility at Yoast

28 October 2016 by Andrea Fercia » - 1 Comment

web content accessibility at yoast

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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WordPress plugins and accessibility

6 April 2016 by Michiel Heijmans » - 4 Comments

accessibility responsibility

WordPress recently announced that “all new or updated code released into WordPress core and bundled themes must conform with the WCAG 2.0 guidelines at level AA.” This means WordPress will be making the product more accessible with every new update. Rian Rietveld‘s article WordPress goes WCAG clearly reflects her enthusiasm about this step forward in terms of accessibility. It aligns »

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The main accessibility checks

24 February 2016 by Michiel Heijmans »

accessibility checks

Accessibility checks help you optimize your website. For every visitor. By thinking about accessibility, you are actually thinking about your design, the use of textual and multimedia content, and the structure of your website. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has a list of accessibility checks for you. In this post, I will dive into »

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Easy-to-use accessibility tools

2 February 2016 by Michiel Heijmans » - 7 Comments

Easy-to-use accessibility tools

Is your website ready for people with visual impairments? Have you ever tried to navigate your own site without a mouse? Just some of the questions I asked you in my article Accessibility matters. In Joost’s recent article on the Google Webmaster Guidelines update, he explains that these new guidelines also focus more on accessibility. »

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Accessibility matters

19 November 2015 by Michiel Heijmans » - 7 Comments

Accessibility matters

Usability is important: for everyone. To make sure your site can be properly used by all your visitors (even if they’re (visually) impaired), you have to optimize your site’s accessibility. Every software developer should at least have some basic interest in this. Well-known WordPress accessibility expert Rian Rietveld has trained both our review and development team and although »

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Image SEO: alt tag and title tag optimization

20 October 2015 by Joost de Valk »

Good alt text or alt tags improve accessibility of your site

You include images in your articles to get people to read your text. Well-chosen images also strengthen your message. You shouldn’t forget to give those images good alt attributes: alt tags and title tags strengthen the message towards search engine spiders and improve the accessibility of your website. In this post I’ll explain all about alt »

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Headings and why you should use them

18 August 2015 by Michiel Heijmans » - 33 Comments

why heading use is important

Heading tags, as the name implies, are tags that are used for the creations of headings. The most important tag is the <h1> heading tag, and will usually be the title of a post. Heading tags have a top-down hierarchy from <h1> to <h6>. This post just had to be written. Somehow we have a chapter »

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The heading structure for your blog

2 September 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 45 Comments

why heading use is important

The heading structure of your pages is one of the very important aspects of on-page SEO. It defines which parts of your content are important, and how they’re interconnected. Because they have different goals, a single post needs another heading structure than your blog’s homepage or your category archives. This post intends to give you »

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