WordPress Accessibility: Plugins & Themes

Accessibility-Ready WordPress Themes 2014-02-18

With the announcement of new WordPress themes supporting accessibility, there is a lot of buzz going around my various online communities. I’m afraid I’ll lose track of it, and will obviously need to implement this at some point, so I an just going to collect a few of the most recommended links as a placeholder for me to come back to later.


WordPress Guidelines: Accessibility: http://make.wordpress.org/themes/guidelines/guidelines-accessibility/

WordPress Codex: Accessibility: http://codex.wordpress.org/Accessibility

WordPress Updates: Accessibility: https://make.wordpress.org/accessibility/


Finding accessible themes in the WordPress Gallery

Basically, go to the WordPress Themes Gallery, click on search, or go to the advanced search options and click on the tag “accessibility-ready.”

What you can find today with this search:

* 2014 (Twenty Fourteen): http://wordpress.org/themes/twentyfourteen
* Anjiral (based on 2014): http://wordpress.org/themes/anjirai
* Accessible Zen: http://wordpress.org/themes/accessible-zen
* JBST: http://wordpress.org/themes/jbst
* Ward: http://wordpress.org/themes/ward
* WP Start: http://wordpress.org/themes/wpstart

Others in WordPress Directory:

* 2013 (Twenty Thirteen): http://wordpress.org/themes/twentythirteen
* Accessible One Two: http://wordpress.org/themes/accessible-onetwo
* Blaskan: http://wordpress.org/themes/blaskan
* Redline: http://wordpress.org/themes/redline
* Scrapbook: http://wordpress.org/themes/scrapbook


Joseph Karr O’Connor: A List of Accessible WordPress Themes http://accessiblejoe.com/accessibility/accessible-wordpress-themes/


Here’s how to find others that claim to be accessible (but which have not been tested or approved as accessible by WordPress or either of the folk named Joe who are known for this topic.

Google Search: (accessible OR accessibility) site:http://wordpress.org/themes/

Found with this strategy, and not already listed above:

* Ambrosia (Feb 2014): http://wordpress.org/themes/ambrosia
* Dodo (outdated): http://wordpress.org/themes/dodo
* Precious (outdated): http://wordpress.org/themes/precious
* Themage (June 2013): http://wordpress.org/themes/themage


The WordPress Accessibility Guy: Joe Dolson
Joe Dolson: https://www.joedolson.com/

I’m told this man is THE guru of all things accessible in WordPress. Here are some recent slides from him on this topic.

Joe Dolson. Accessibility & WordPress, Developing for the whole world. (WordCamp 2013) http://www.slideshare.net/joedolson/wordpress-accessibility-wordcamp-chicago

Especially, read this.

Joe Dolson. Accessible WordPress Plug-ins: what does it mean? November 15, 2011. http://www.joedolson.com/articles/2011/11/accessible-wordpress-plug-ins-what-does-it-mean/

Joe Dolson. New plug-in: WP Accessibility. October 22, 2012. http://www.joedolson.com/articles/2012/10/new-plug-in-wp-accessibility/


George Williams. ‘Accessibility Ready’ WordPress Themes. Chronicle of Higher Education, February 17, 2014. http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/accessibility-ready-wordpress-themes/55683

George Williams. Make Your WordPress Site More Accessible. Chronicle of Higher Education, January 22, 2014. http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/make-your-wordpress-site-more-accessible/54631

Special thanks to Scott Williams, Colin Fulton, and especially Irene Knokh who got the conversation rolling.


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