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

Ask Yoast: WordPress themes and heading structure

8 December 2017 by Joost de Valk » - 8 Comments

Ask Yoast: emojis and SEO

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 »

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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 »

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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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Yoast SEO 5.2: Accessibility, compatibility and bug fixes

8 August 2017 by Willemien Hallebeek » - 16 Comments

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Today we’re releasing Yoast SEO 5.2. In this brand new version you’ll find some feature enhancements, accessibility improvements and a couple of bug fixes. In addition to that, we’ve laid some groundwork that will help us make Yoast SEO work well with the plugins our users use most. Read about all the improvements here! Accessibility Web accessibility »

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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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The a11y Monthly: Story of a toggle

30 March 2017 by Andrea Fercia »

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This is the story of a little switch toggle, a custom HTML control we’ve recently implemented here at Yoast for our projects. Native HTML controls are always preferable, but we try to experiment and have a good balance between accessibility and good design. Wondering what custom controls are? Curious to see how modern design and »

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