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  • esmi 12:05 pm on March 30, 2011 Permalink  

    Mel P. 

    I began working in web design & development in 1996 and was fortunate enough to fall in with a group of web standardistas who encouraged me to a) hand code and b) read as much W3C material as possible. Shortly afterwards, I stumbled upon a document describing the issues faced by visually-impaired web surfers – which seemed to me to be simply illogical — and by 2000, I was actively involved in highlighting web accessibility issues.

    In 2001, I became involved in a pan-disability project in Leicester, UK as the Senior Design and Accessibility Consultant. The project went on to become an award-winning disability information portal and support service.

    I was an administrator within the Guild of Accessible Web Designers and an Approved Technical Assessor within the Shaw Trust’s pan-disability Web Accreditation Team. I’ve helped to run (and currently own) Accessites.org and I was a member of the British Standards’ Review Panel for PAS 78: “Guide to Good Practice in Commissioning Accessible Websites” (now BSI 8878).

    I’ve developed accessible web tools and applications via my own company, Black Widow — including at one point, a complete CMS – but over the years, as WordPress has developed, I’ve moved to using it as my platform of choice. I’ve been actively using and wrangling WordPress since 2003 and only recently decided to archive my longest running blog — Spider Trax — when the effort of trying to maintain 4 blogs (plus numerous other personal sites) became too much! These days, I’m usually found on Quirm.net — releasing themes & plugins or supporting them — or on the WordPress support forums (username: esmi).

    Biggest accessibility bugbear? The fact that many of those, who are aware of web accessibility, don’t look beyond visually-impaired users and can inadvertently create as many barriers as they remove.

     
  • Jen Mylo 5:13 pm on March 29, 2011 Permalink  

    This site will be the home of a new working group dedicated to improving accessibility in core WordPress and related projects (plugins/themes/etc). I’m the UX lead for WP core, and have talked to several people active in accessibility who are interested in contributing to WordPress by focusing on this area. This is where they’ll combine their efforts.

     
    • Tady Walsh 11:15 pm on May 11, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      On that Jane, did you get my email?

    • Char James-Tanny 6:38 pm on May 13, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hi, Jane :-)

      I’d love to be involved with making WordPress more accessible. I’m an accessibility advocate, I’m a W3C Invited Expert (for the Web Accessibility Initiative – Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG), I help run accessibilty unconferences (in the Boston area), and I speak on accessibility at various tech comm conferences.

      Let me know what I can do :-)

      Char

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