The WordPress Accessibility team is seeking feedback on a draft that outlines accessibility coding standards for WordPress core. According to the draft, new features should meet the accessibility guidelines before merging into core. All code released in WordPress must conform with the WCAG 2.0 guidelines at level AA. These basic guidelines are intended for easy reference during development, but do not cover all possible accessibility issues. While the document focuses on core, it’s also a great reference for developers who want their themes and plugins more accessible. Matt Mullenweg Addresses WordPress’ Accessibility For the second year in a row, Morten Rand-Hendriksen, an advocate for improving WordPress’ accessibility, brought up the topic during the Q&A portion of the 2015 State of the Word. Hendriksen notes that in 2014, the WordPress theme directory contained 14 themes with the accessibility-ready tag. In 2015, that number increased to 79. Hendriksen brings up the fact that when WordPress adopts modern technologies, so does most of the web citing responsive images as an example. He asks Mullenweg if WordPress can do the same for accessibility in which the audience responds with
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