HTML5 Headings in WordPress: A11y versus SEO?

How to get a WordPress developer all emotional and fanatic: discuss about heading structure.
Here’s my point of view on how headings should be set up in a WordPress theme.
And an overview of the pros and cons brought up in discussions.

How to get a WordPress developer all emotional and fanatic: discuss about heading structure.

Here’s my point of view on how headings should be set up in a WordPress theme. And an overview of the pros and cons brought up in discussions.

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Storytelling in HTML: practical accessibility

A web page can be perfectly WCAG 2 proof, but if it doens’t tell a story, it’s still a puzzle for people that depend on a braille line or a screen reader.
Set yourself in the place of someone who get’s your web page read out loud linearly and the only clue she has on what the structure is, are headings and links.

For my work I build sites for blind people. They use a braille line and screen reader to read and navigate a website. During the development of those websites I learned that blind people read a web page differently than I do.

Blind web users read a page linearly and depend on headings and links to navigate.

This changed the way I build site dramatically, I changed from visual coding to story telling coding. Continue reading “Storytelling in HTML: practical accessibility”

A placeholder is no label; search forms in WordPress can do better

Wordpress developers can do better when building search forms. If it looks OK for me, it works OK for everyone? That point of view only counts when you can see properly. So how to do a search form for WordPress?

WordPress developers can do better when building search forms. If it looks OK for me, it works OK for everyone? That point of view only counts when you can see properly.

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Working on web accessibility at WordCamp San Francisco 2014

WordCamp San Fransisco 2014 (WCSF14), the place to be if you’re serious into WordPress. Visiting San Francisco with the accessibility contributors team was a week I won’t forget. It was intense, fun, I spoke a zillion people and learned a lot.

WordCamp San Fransisco 2014 (WCSF14), the place to be if you’re seriously into WordPress. Visiting San Francisco with the accessibility contributors team was a week I won’t forget. It was intense, fun, I spoke a zillion people and learned a lot. Continue reading “Working on web accessibility at WordCamp San Francisco 2014”

Jet lag and double Dutch at WCSF14

I’m more productive discussing stuff in writing than in real life. Using Slack (which I love) and posting responses on tickets is a better way for me to get my voice heard.

For me WordCamps are all about meeting, learning, talking and discussing. Last week I was so lucky to be able to visit WordCamp San Francisco 2014 (WCSF14) with the accessibility contributors team.

After the conference there was a discussion day about several topics to improve WordPress and two days of working with different contributor teams to make new plans and work together. This last three days were held at Automattic, which was kind of special.

Graham Armfield will blog about what we did as a team and what our plans are, and I blogged about WCSF14 itself, but here’s what I learned personally.

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