Accessibility + WordPress

Regardless of physical, mental and locational ability, the web is fundamentally designed to work for all people. However, poorly designed, inaccessible websites create barriers that exclude people from using the web. By remaining inaccessible, we are excluding groups of people from a vital source of information, a place to meet people and communicate, the premier place to shop, a convenient way to pay bills, and much more. Inaccessibility not only hurts the disabled. By remaining inaccessible, nearly one-fifth of the population is excluded from visiting your website limiting your customer base and impacting conversions.

In this white paper, written in collaboration with digital agency Americaneagle.com, we’ll walk you through what it means to be accessible and offer some best practices to help you get there. Here are some things you’ll learn:

  • The standard for accessibility
  • Common A11y mistakes
  • WordPress tips and themes for better accessibility
  • And more!

Introduction.
What is web accessibility (a11y)?
The word accessibility is abbreviated to “a11y,” with the number
eleven in the middle referring to the number of letters that the word
contains between the first and last letter.
According to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), “The
Web is fundamentally designed to work for all people,
whatever their hardware, software, language, culture,
location, or physical or mental ability. When the Web meets
this goal, it is accessible to people with a diverse range of
hearing, movement, sight, and cognitive ability. However,
when websites, web technologies, or web tools are badly
designed, they can create barriers that exclude people from
using the Web.” Web accessibility is a new and confusing
topic for many people, but in simple terms, we are referring
to making websites accessible to those with disabilities.

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