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  1. Definitely starting to look into accessibility for themes. For whatever reason, it was always the last thing I thought about when building them. For TimberBit, though, I’m probably going to make it a standard feature.

  2. Hi Carrie, I will definately follow this series(actually, I follow all your posts anyway :-)). As from
    July 1.st 2014 accessibility is required for every new commercial website in Norway. But almost no information available about how to achieve this with WordPress. I’m so glad you are willing to share your knowledge. Thanks!

  3. I’m really looking forward to this series. (“Click here needs to die” – oh yes!) I’ve been banging on about accessibility for years but am constantly amazed by how little awareness is out there… and I know that I’m still learning myself. I’d never thought of themes being intrinsically accessible (or not) so thank you so much for sharing this!

  4. I love how the web delivers what I need exactly when I need it! I’ll be in touch about using your theme for an accessibility project.

    The issue is that the accessibility tag in WordPress is not monitored for accuracy. I looked at free themes and purchasable themes that specifically said they were accessible and found in many instances that the most basic element, the carousel or slider, did not have Pause/Stop controls.
    When I communicated with the developers about the issues that were immediately visible on these “accessible” themes I was almost met with hostility.

    Compliance with the WCAG2.0 guidelines, while open to a little interpretation, is pretty cut and dry. When we audit sites, website passes or fails each succes criteria.

    The thing for developers to note is that a theme, out of the box, might be accessible. But it’s what you do to it afterwards that can affect the accessibility conformance. So educating yourselves is key.

    Making WordPress themes accessible is actually one of the most important steps in ensuring that our economy continues to function believe it or not. WordPress enables millions of small (and not so small) business owners to have a web presence. With the rapidly aging population, increased numbers of people will experience a visual, audial, physical or cognitive impairment. They will increasingly rely on the digital economy for continued engagement with organisations.

  5. Hi Carrie. Basic WP seems to do it fairly well. But where it doesn’t it’s a lot of work to have to change.

    Also, accessibility not only means front end.

    There are a lot of people who need accessibility features to manage content. Some of them develop awesome skills and can create totally unexpected features, like graphics for example, yet stumble around with simple (for us) back end navigation.

    It’s something we should all think about more, and thanks Carrie for putting it on the agenda.

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