[theme-reviewers] Accessible theme issues

Edward Caissie edward.caissie at gmail.com
Fri Sep 28 13:44:42 UTC 2012

Well written Mel!

Obviously there is passion behind this cause and support from "core" as
well ... it would seem the http://make.wordpress.org/accessibility group
has a strong position to lobby for an additional tag to be added to the
theme repository. Perhaps three tags: Accessibility-A, Accessibility-AA,
and Accessibility-AAA? Just some food for thought ...

... and you would have my support for a new tag(s) based on these
discussions, too.


On Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 8:39 AM, Bryan Hadaway <bhadaway at gmail.com> wrote:

> *SOLD*
> Okay, honestly, you've made a really solid case and I almost feel I want
> to do my part to help now. You've got me thinking about it (it's my
> obsessive nature) and now I'm considering making some of my themes as
> accessible as possible (which I think about in general, but perhaps not
> enough).
> I could go point by point and rebuttal and clarify a lot, but I feel a bit
> suffocated by your passion vs my somewhat interest (and slight laziness at
> the moment) in the matter and I really think it would be overkill to do so,
> so I'll just say my generalized open-ended way of speaking (and use of
> synonyms in my mind) often clashes with those that speak in very literal
> terms which I think is one of the biggest issues here as far as
> misinterpretation and misunderstanding and disagreement. Overall though
> you've made some great valid points that has changed my perspective in the
> matter, good work :).
> "*Instead what is being suggested is an additional OPTIONAL review only
> for those who WISH to flag their submitted theme as accessible.*"
> This was obviously my biggest concern and you've clarified to the point
> that I think I'm on board. Perhaps themes that are tagged "accessible" (and
> to be accessible perhaps the criteria should be that at least x number of
> accessible features are in place or at least
> http://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG1A-Conformance is met) could be placed in their
> own separate ticket category so reviewers know exactly what kind of
> attention the theme needs right away? If someone already suggested that,
> apologies (I'm in skim mode a bit).
> So, you've turned my stubbornness into a vote. I was wrong. There can be
> reasonable improvement in this area, I'm going to take a nap now and then
> analyze and update some of my themes with accessibility in mind.
> Bryan Phillip Hadaway
> Web & Graphic Designer
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