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"
Accessibility is sometimes overlooked, but definitely deserves your attention. Because it’s important that all visitors can use your website. Besides, search engines are also deaf and blind, so focusing on accessibility won’t hurt your SEO. That’s why we often write about accessibility checks, tools and more!
Must read articles about Accessibility
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"
At Yoast, we firmly believe that websites should be usable by everyone, including people with a visual impairment. The alt textbox plays an important part in this, as it clarifies the content of an image. Visitors of your site that use a screen reader can listen to the alt text read aloud, to better understand …Read: "Ask Yoast: Using your keyword in the alt text box"
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"
Headings play an important role in structuring text, whether it’s on paper or online. Since reading from a screen is already quite difficult, you should make sure you make proper use of headings. There’s a hierarchy in heading tags, with <h1> being the most important, and <h6> the least important. This will help both your …Read: "Ask Yoast: WordPress themes and heading structure"
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"