Let’s Talk Accessibility

This past weekend (July 13, 2019) I spoke at WordCamp Ottawa about Accessibility and WordPress.

I had some epic nerves, in part due to some personal issues. But it was nice to see such a full room!

Now, I promised that I’d talk about it more here. You can find my slides on SlideShare.

One of the big things I talked about is the WCAG guidelines. The site has the official word on it. The WordPress Codex also talks about it. Unfortunately, they’re extremely technical, and as I had said, the Codex outlines child themes and how to do them, but it’s so indecipherable that even I went “WTF”. For those who are wondering about how to create a child theme I’ve also got my 2014 slides up on SlideShare.

One site that I found helpful, and had wanted to include was this one by Alexander Skogberg, but as my internet connection was being a twit and the graphics in it that I wanted to show, I didn’t include it.

SpeckyBoy has a list that is relatively current of 10 WordPress Plugins that can help with accessibility.

Remember, accessibility doesn’t have to be a chore. Simple things like good descriptions of links and images help immensely to those like myself who are visually impaired.

I have been debating about doing up a podcast or similar about this. If you’d like to see that, please let me know!

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Amy has her roots in Miramichi, NB, but now lives in Ottawa with her husband, an adorable daughter, and many fur babies. Her greatest impediment to writing is Oliver, her red Siamese cat, who reckons paying him attention is more important than typing. Amy’s rock fiction about the band Torrent has even spawned fan fiction from readers who have read her chapters online. Her novel A Desert Song is currently available from major retail outlets and Amy is currently writing the follow up to A Desert Song, and the first book in the backstory about Torrent!

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