In the above video, you will see a presentation I recently did at the Western Pa Phalcon PHP User Group. This group is a local group that is always great to attend meetups, to learn new topics from other well skilled professionals in your area.
In my presentation, I discussed the importance of web accessibility. With any website, you want to make sure that is accessible to anyone with a disability. There are many different types of disabilities that you must take into considerations. In 2018 there will be new rules on Americans with Disabilities Act Website Compliance, the new standards are still a working draft. Currently Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and Section 508 are strictly starting to be enforced.
There are so many ways to make your web site accessible by following standards. As many of you know I am a huge WordPress fan and user. To make websites accessible in WordPress, I use the WP Accessibility Plugin. This plugin doesn’t do everything for you, but it adds more options to take accessibility to the highest level on your website. It is still important to upload media with alternative text, add captions to videos, include transcripts of audio files, etc.
In this presentation, I also go over many great tools to use when developing website. I also go over the importance of routine audits on your website(s). There are many tools to do audits, but one of the best audits is a manual one. Which would mean pretending you have a specific disability, such as being blind. While using an on-screen reader to use your website. Once you do that ask yourself what can be better and if you have any major violations.