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155 Web Accessibility Is Part of the Job

Released Wednesday, 11th January 2017
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In this WP-Tonic round-table we discuss Web Accessibility. What tools does the panel use to test sites for accessibility? What are the key factors that you must know about web accessibility in 2017?
We discuss web accessibility standards and guidelines. How do you make sites more accessible? What needs to be included and tested? Why do web developers tend to put accessibility on the back burner? What are the benefits of building accessible sites?

Our panel this week:
Jackie D'Elia https://jackiedelia.com/
Lee Jackson http://angledcrown.com/
Jonathan Denwood https://www.wp-tonic.com/
John Locke https://www.lockedowndesign.com/

Podcast 155 Table of Contents:
0:00 Podcast Intros
1:38 WordPress News Story #1: Renewing Medium's Focus
14:33 WordPress News Story #2: W3Techs Ranks WordPress as the Fastest Growing CMS of 2016
23:44 WordPress Story #3: Matt Mullenweg Announces Tech and Design Leads for New Focus-Based Development Cycle
31:30 Why is accessibility important?
33:15 How many clients are actually aware of accessibility?
42:33 How many WordPress themes on the free repository are accessibility ready? (there's some, but not a ton).
45:07 Balancing visual design and accessibility.
47:10 The right way to do ALT tags for images.
48:01 WordPress plugins that help you check accessibility, and setting expectations for accessibility.
1:05:56 How web standards and browsers have changed in recent years.
1:07:48 What types of projects will require accessibility.
1:09:32 Accessibility and SEO.
1:13:58 Podcast outros.


Links mentioned during the show:
Rethink.fm Episode #7: Why Web Accessibiity Matters
WP Accessibility plugin
Browse Aloud
A11y Project
Accessible Ready Themes on WordPress.org
W3C Validator https://validator.w3.org/
WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool
wA11y - The Web Accessibility Toolbox
Colorblind Web Page Filter
ARIA Roles
A11y Toolbar
Using JAWS to Evaluate Web Accessibility

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