In the introductory post to this Web Accessibility series we talked about what accessibility is and why it matters. Armed with some basic information, I’d like to dive into what actually makes a website accessible and what some tools are that you can use to check the accessibility of your website. At the end of this post there’s a handy checklist you can use to check your site. You ready to do this? Let’s go! First, a bit of history. I know, I know. This section may be a snoozer, but I’ll sum up. Accessibility isn’t just a willy nilly thing – there’s actually an official standard: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). The original version of WCAG (1.0) was established in 1999. Presently the 3.0 guidelines are under development, but for now the generally accepted legal standard is WCAG 2.0. In addition to WGAC 2.0, WordPress has its own set of criteria used to deem a theme “accessibility ready” (those are the requirements that must be met to have your theme in the .org repository with the tag accessibility-ready). Both sets of requirements are pretty similar, so, for our purposes, I’ll lump them together when discussing what falls under the umbrella of accessibility. What Makes
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