Challenge: Few accessible WordPress themes are available for free. Solution: Teams of accessibility practitioners around the world create free accessible WordPress themes.
"This slideshow has been developed with jQuery Mobile to create a universally accessible presentation that will work on any accessibility enabled device. PowerPoint & PDF formats are not universally accessible."Paul J. Adam
WordPress users may install and switch between themes. Themes allow users to change the look and functionality of a WordPress website or installation without altering the information content or structure.
WordPress has a rich plugin architecture which allows users and developers to extend its abilities beyond the features that are part of the base install. Plugins enable customizing the functionality of an application.
These small modules can be used to add functionality such as a slideshow, Facebook Like box, small news slider, and more.
WordPress MU allows multiple blogs to exist within one installation that is able to be administered by a centralized maintainer.
WordPress also features integrated link management; a search engine-friendly, clean permalink structure; the ability to assign nested, multiple categories to articles; and support for tagging of posts and articles.
Help is needed on the accessibility team to guide development of the back-end. Even if you can only spare a few minutes your help is essential.
Help is needed making accessibility enhancing plugins and widgets.
Help is needed making accessible themes. Especially important is the fact that very few free accessible themes are available.
Make WordPress Accessible is the official blog for the WordPress accessibility group - dedicated to improving accessibility in core WordPress and related projects . To join in the discussions, just log in using your WordPress.org username and password. Anyone can create a login. You just need to be willing to contribute to accessibility discussions, you don't need any superpowers.
The Theme Accessibility Audit is designed to offer an optional theme review for themes submitted to the wordpress.org Theme Repository. Submitted themes (or theme updates) that contain the tag accessibility-ready will undergo a further, independent, accessibility review after they have been approved for inclusion in the Theme Repository.
Ask questions, make suggestions @WPAccessibility.
Pride: "Getting the current Make WordPress Accessible group up & running."
Pride: "My presentation at WordCamp UK last July and the warm reception I received."
Pride: "Giving a voice to the reasons why certain features should be accessible."
Pride: "I'm proud of my WP Accessibility plug-in, for what it offers."
Pride: "I'm proud of the work the Cities teams are doing to create free accessible WordPress themes."
The current version of the plugin can:
More plugins by Joe available at Accessible Web Design.
The current version of the plugin can do:
The current version of the plugin:
"Plugin and theme developers should be required to show their work to their mother or grandmother, maybe then they'd discover, for example, that a grey site with grey characters is pretty hard to read when you're older."
The current version of the widget:
Special shout out to Sarah Lewthwaite @slewth who is not at #csun13 due to the birth of her son, Joseph.
"You can add the dangers of outdated themes, too. stc-access.org had serious spam problems that went undetected for 6 months. We were hit with link-bait stuff for certain "enhancement" products. Took a lot of (volunteer) time to clean out."
This presentation and slideshow template is always evolving, most ALT text should be added and correct. Please contact me if there are any issues.
You can use the left and right arrow keys or page up/down to navigate between slides. If you're using a screen reader you may need to use the pass through key first then hit arrow keys. Page up/down works with screen readers enabled without the need for a pass through key.
JAWS Pass Key Through, INSERT+3
NVDA NVDA+f2: pass Next Key Through