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Accessibility Tutorial

Setting up NVDA on Parallels with macOS

This is mostly personal notes that I hope can be helpful to someone else. A lot of this info I gathered and consolidated from Deque’s super helpful post, Using Windows Screen Readers on a Mac. Get Parallels Download Parallels and follow the set-up. I don’t want to put instructions here, as they’ll likely change and […]

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Accessibility Code

If It Looks Like a Duck: A Cautionary Tale

“If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck.” I recently worked on putting a plan together for improving the accessibility of a search component on WordPress.com. The existing interaction worked like a combobox where the focus was kept on the search input and […]

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Accessibility Code Wordpress

Podcast Player block: Behind-the-Scenes Accessibility

On my team at Automattic, we built the new Podcast Player block released in Jetpack 8.5 and on WordPress.com. This post is intended to give you a behind-the-scenes style look at all the little details that went into attempting to provide a good, accessible experience for everyone. I’ll be focusing a lot on Screen Reader-specific […]

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Accessibility Design Websites

The 5 Minute Accessibility Audit

Being great at something takes a lot of dedication and practice. But, you can often be OK at something without too much difficulty. This article is to help you with the latter part. Knowing just enough to be able to make an educated guess on the accessibility of a site or component/plugin. Can you use […]

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Code Tutorial

Learning via Terrible Ideas: Replacing Text on Click, Part 2

In Part 1 of Learning via Terrible Ideas, we learned how to: Open the Console Set a variable Add a Click Listener But adding a click listener doesn’t make it accessible to people who use a keyboard or different kind of assistive technology. To make our example accessible, we’ll need to: Give a “focus indicator” […]

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Accessibility Design

Accessibility 101 for Content Creators

A perfectly coded website will still break down if the content isn’t written and built accessibly. This article is intended to give a no-coding-required breakdown of how to make accessible content. I’ll use WordPress as a basis for examples when relevant, but the same principles apply to however you build your website. Use Headings Headings […]

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Code Tutorial

Learning via Terrible Ideas: Replacing Text on Click, Part 1

JavaScript is pretty fun. You don’t need to know much to start playing around with it. Let’s jump in with a Terrible Idea that You Should Never Do.™️ Note: This article is intended for beginners (and kids!), but has plenty of extra tidbits along the way. I’ll be intentionally glossing over most topics, but give […]

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Accessibility Code

The Importance of HTML

In 1917, the artist Michael Duchamp submitted his work, “Fountain,” to an art exhibition. It’s a used urinal. And it stirred up yet another conversation about, “What is art?” I’ve only taken one art history class, so forgive my simplification here. Essentially, art is subjective. If you personally don’t like Duchamp’s urinal, it doesn’t make […]

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Life Professional Development

Getting Hired at Automattic

I started at Automattic on November 20, 2019, and it’s an incredible place to work. I’m constantly impressed by my coworkers kindness, intelligence, and compassion. If you’re looking for a rewarding remote job that you can work from anywhere in the world, definitely apply. I’m still overjoyed and amazed I was hired. While going through […]

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Life

Why I’m Using a Site I Didn’t Code

I make websites for a living. I’ve made hundreds of custom sites. But not this one. I think I’m on iteration 4 of my portfolio site. Every 3 years or so I’ll take the time to switch it up. I did that again last week, but instead of redesigning and recoding my site by hand […]