Accessibility Makes Things Better for Everyone

By Beth Tucker Long

Accessibility is a broad concept that covers many ideas and requirements, and your project needs accessibility for many varied reasons. Perhaps you are required to comply with accessibility laws and regulations. Perhaps you have existing users complaining that your services are difficult to use. Maybe you are looking to attract a larger, more diverse audience or are just interested in making sure your website works for all people. No matter your reasons for starting, improving accessibility is about increasing the number of people who can use your site or app, and that’s a good thing for everyone.

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This article was originally published in the February 2019 issue of php[architect] magazine. To read the complete article please subscribe or purchase the complete issue.

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Beth — I was excited to see your article on accessibility and, as a 75 year old with vision related accessibility needs, I wanted to share some thoughts with you. What is the best way to do this? I didn’t want to just jump in here. I haven’t been able to find an email address for you which I thought might be the best way to communicate. I apologize for not really understanding how to use twitter if that is your form of communication. I jumped onto the internet in the early 1990s, before even the web, and have ended up doing most of my communicating by email (bask then that was the latest thing) and haven’t really adapted to social networking. Because of vision and big fingers I even have the worst time doing things on my iphone so mostly use a computer to communicate, even texts. what do you suggest is the best way to communicate with you about your article?

Thanks,

–Kenoli

PS — I watched your video on child themes which was very useful. I’m getting into wordpress, finally, after learning php and coding my own sites to avoid it. Coding everything just takes too much time, even though it gives me lots of freedom to do what I want. The site above (mynightkitchen.com) is one site I have coded. Another is iotc-hub.org the site for the group work I did for years. It got hacked and a few images are missing. They were stored in a database and I didn’t have a backup so it was hard to track them down. Live and learn. It was fun to go to our site and have a skull and crossbones and scary music playing in the background and see that some teen with too much time on their hand had uploaded a php file that gave them complete access to our server. Learned more about security after that.

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