I love all of the resources that are readily available to us via the WordPress community and core team – in fact, if you just dig a little you’ll encounter a host of knowledge that you may not have been aware of that has already been created.
For example, accessibility is a huge focus for WordPress as the goal is to enable and support as many people as possible, even those with disabilities or handicaps. Accessibility is more than just design – it’s a way of thinking and building applications and crafting an experience that makes sense:
Accessibility in web design means creating web pages that everyone can use. Those who cannot see or use a mouse. Deaf users whose first language is sign language and not your native spoken language.
People who use special assistive software or hardware to access the Web. These people need access to web pages, and as a web site owner, you need to know about accessibility.
Many people don’t even consider accessibility issues when they design their apps or products – but it’s neat to see that WordPress has it as a top consideration. If WordPress continues to expand and take over the world then a good portion of it will need access to it, even if they are blind.
WordPress has a primer (and much larger codex) that you’ll want to review – and even perhaps help out if that suits your fancy:
- What is Accessibility?
- The Stick
- The Carrot
- Creating a Readable Page
- Testing Your Pages
- Going Further
We appreciate the work already done and believe that we’ll get even more adoption the better WordPress becomes in terms of accessibility.