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Month: October 2014

23 Resources for Learning About Web Accessibility

I’ve been focusing on accessibility in my recent WordPress posts, both as an interest and what feels like an obligation ( refer to my about page ). Web accessibility is becoming a deeper subject to learn the more I research it. I’m beginning to understand why we have experts that get paid specifically to focus on that area. Tackling web accessibility on your site doesn’t have to feel overwhelming however, which is why I’m aiming to learn one aspect at a time in my WordPress series.

In the meantime, if you’re here learning along with me, here are 23 resources for learning about web accessibility. Hopefully they’ll help clarify as much for you as they are doing for me. Enjoy.

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How to Organize Headings for Accessibility

How to Organize Headings for Accessibility in your WordPress Theme

[series]Making your WordPress Theme Accessible Series:

  1. An Intro to Web Accessibility
  2. How to Organize Headings for Accessibility ( We’re here now )



In today’s post, I’m going to focus one aspect in making our WordPress theme accessible – and that aspect is headings. After reviewing what headings are, and what they’re for, we’ll go into our theme files and make any changes necessary related to headings. It should only take a few minutes and although we’re only focusing on headings in this post, it’ll bring us one step closer to making our theme accessible.

Let’s get started. As an FYI, I’ll be using TwentyThirteen for most of my references, but the theme I’m using on this blog is Hexa.

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An Intro to Web Accessibility

An Intro to Web Accessibility

Did you know that there are currently only 13 themes that show up in results when you filter by the “accessibility-ready” tag in the WordPress Theme Directory? (Checked in October, 2014)

Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean that there are only 13 themes out of the 2000+ that are accessible, they may just be missing their theme tags. However, there is also a high chance that a theme you’re using, or one that you’re building, is not accessible (uh oh)!

Well, how do we know if our theme meet’s the accessibility guidelines and if it doesn’t, what steps can we take to resolve that problem? This the first post in a series that will guide us through those steps. If you have a couple of minutes a day, we can work on making your WordPress theme accessible together – a few easy steps at a time.

Before we dive into code, I’d like to briefly review what web accessibility is, who it’s for, how it’s used and what to expect in future posts for this series. Let’s get started.

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How to Create a Categories and Sub-categories Menu, Part 1

How Can I Create a Categories and Sub-categories Menu in WordPress?

I’ve seen this question asked a lot on the WP Forums and WP Stack Exchange along with several different answers. It really comes down to what you need. So, we’ll go over how to create a categories and sub-categories menu in two different ways and the pros/cons of each in this part of the tutorial.

First, before we get into this, did you know that a WordPress categories menu can be created without code and will also be editable on the dashboard? WpTavern tells you how!

Still interested in trying the PHP way? Awesome, let’s move on.

The two easiest ways to make this menu happen is to use either wp_list_categories or get_the_category_list. After we review them both, you can decide which option best suits your needs.

In Part 2 of this tutorial ( coming soon ), we’ll be going over how to write a categories and sub-categories menu from scratch using get_categories(). For now though, let’s get started with Part 1!

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