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Roadmap to WordPress Accessibility CSUN 2014


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The WordPress Accessibility Team presented at the 29th International Technology and Persons With Disabilities conference on March 20, 2014. This deck lists what we are doing, our responsibilities, how you can get started helping, and progress in the Cities project.

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Roadmap to WordPress Accessibility CSUN 2014

  1. 1. @WPAccessibility #csun14
  2. 2. Roadmap to 
 WordPress Accessibility Presented by the WordPress Accessibility Team
  3. 3. Active Accessibility Team • Graham Armfield • Sharon Austin • Joe Dolson • Rian Rietveld • David A. Kennedy • Mel Pedley • Karl Groves • Jordan Quintal • Amanda Rush, Co-Lead • Joe O’Connor, Lead Graham Armfield with a 
 greeting from London
  4. 4. – Cynthia Waddell “Accessibility is the degree to which a product, device, service, or environment is available to as many people as possible.” Enterprise 
 Accessibility Statement
  5. 5. Enterprise 
 Accessibility Statement WordPress is founded on the principles of an inclusive community and democratization of publishing. The development of WordPress, based on standards and best practices, offers a constantly improving environment with flexibility and choice. We promise to always work toward creating an environment accessible to as many people as possible, inclusive of technology and ability.
  6. 6. Theme Check Process • The Theme Accessibility Audit provides an optional theme review for themes submitted to the Theme Repository • Themes that pass this level of review successfully will be allowed to use the accessibility- ready tag • guidelines-accessibility/
  7. 7. Theme Repository • 2,399 Themes, 95,293,171 Downloads • 6 themes are accessible • Twenty Fourteen went through a lot of accessibility checks and has the accessibility-ready tag • Twenty Thirteen is committed and fixed recently to correct keyboard accessibility of drop-down menus and fix accessibity issues • Twenty Twelve is also committed and fixed
  8. 8. Audit of Admin Screens • First pass: keyboard accessibility • Keyboard - All functionality of the content is operable through a keyboard interface. • No Keyboard Trap - Ensure that content does not “trap” keyboard focus within subsections. • Bypass Blocks - A mechanism is available to bypass blocks of content that are repeated on multiple Web pages.
  9. 9. Audit of Admin Screens • First pass: keyboard accessibility • Focus Order - When users navigate sequentially through content make sure they encounter information in an order that is consistent with the meaning of the content. • Focus Visible - Any keyboard operable user interface has a mode of operation where the keyboard focus indicator is visible. • On Focus When any component receives focus, it does not initiate a change of context. admin-screens-results/
  10. 10. Outreach Curriculum • Joe Dolson: University of Colorado at Boulder Continuing Education - Implementing Accessibility in WordPress WordCamps • Montreal, Las Vegas, Reno/Tahoe, Europe, Minneapolis, Chicago, Sheffield, Brighton, UK, London, Netherlands, Buffalo, Raleigh, Orlando Various Meetups, Accessibility Camps, Other Venues
  11. 11. Group Responsibilities • accessibility audits of admin screens • add new accessibility features • help developers and designers understand accessibility needs • create and follow accessibility trac tickets • devise code to improve accessibility • create accessibility documentation • work on the accessibility of new default themes • create and maintain accessibility theme check process
  12. 12. What It Takes To Help • a basic understanding of the functionality needs of persons with disabilities • general technical writing skills • general organizational skills • some familiarity with WordPress is beneficial but you don't need a deep understanding to get started • familiarity with manual accessibility testing tools is a plus • knowledge of manual accessibility testing is a big plus
  13. 13. Contributor Day Activities • See list of Trac tickets with focus “accessibility” • Testing tickets - checking if issues are still occurring, close tickets if no longer needed • Fixing tickets • Add detail to tickets • Suggesting amendments for Make WordPress Accessible and Codex: Accessibility
  14. 14. CitiesMaking Accessible WordPress Themes and Plugins
  15. 15. Anna Belle Leiserson
  16. 16. David A. Kennedy
  17. 17. Rian Rietveld
  18. 18. Natalee MacLees WordPress Slideshow
  19. 19. Natalee MacLees WP Slideshow • Slide presentation plugin • Accessible input, accessible output • Accessible UX research now • Fundraiser: Spring 2014
  20. 20. – WordPress Accessibility Team Much thanks to the many people who work to make WordPress accessible: to the people who create, maintain, upgrade, and document WordPress, and to those who create and publish accessible sites.