[wp-edu] Ensuring WordPress sites meet accessibility standards?
lmiles at unca.edu
Tue Sep 10 19:29:25 UTC 2019
We also have a multisite. Our students request sites for their academic
accessibility features in their site content. They don't always do it, mind
I looked at the WP Accessibility Plugin and didn't find it all that
helpful. It does offer some features that a site visitor could use to make
the site more accessible - changing the font size, "high contrast" mode,
skip-links. But, it doesn't really address making the site's content
accessible from the start.
When I teach WordPress workshops, I show users how to create accessible
content - text formatting using headers, descriptive hyperlinks, accessible
fonts, good contrast, alt text for images, captioning and transcripts, etc.
Below are some references and tools I use.
- WebAIM <https://webaim.org/>
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines <https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/>
- WordPress Accessibility Handbook
- ChromeVox Screen Reader
- Read & Write Gold
- NVDA <https://www.nvaccess.org/download/> (free downloadable screen
- YouTube Captions
- Online Transcript Creator <http://otranscribe.com/>
- Google Doc Voice Typing
- Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool <https://wave.webaim.org/> (website
- Funkify Disability Simulator <https://www.funkify.org/simulators/> (Chrome
- Web Disability Simulator by Metamatrix
<https://chrome.google.com/webstore/search/web disability simulator>
- Color Blindness Simulator
As far as themes go, you can search in WordPress (
https://wordpress.org/themes/) > *Feature Filter *for "Accessibility Ready"
themes. For more information, see the WordPress Accessibility Handbook
This is probably WAY more information than you wanted, but I hope it is
*Laurie B. Miles*
Instructional Technology Specialist
UNC Asheville Center for Teaching and Learning <https://ctl.unca.edu/>
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On Tue, Sep 10, 2019 at 2:03 PM Grogan, David <David.Grogan at tufts.edu>
> Hello all,
> Recent mandates and guidelines at our school have us taking a close look
> at how we can ensure sites created on our multi-site instance are meeting
> digital accessibility standards (keyboard access to all features of a site,
> accessible by screen readers etc.). Since we run our system as a
> self-service platform it’s going to be difficult to have all sites 100%
> accessible but we are looking at ways to mitigate issues.
> I’d be interested to know how others are approaching this issue.
> I’m going to assessing these three plugins:
> Are there others people can recommend?
> Are there certain themes that are more accessible than others that you
> have tried?
> Any thoughts/experiences/ideas you have would be greatly appreciated.
> Best wishes,
> David Grogan
> Senior Solutions Specialist
> Tufts Technology Services – Educational Technology Services
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