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There’s a very thought-provoking article over at Rosenfeld Media by Whitney Quesenbery¬†that I think can be applied to the WordPress space. It discusses the challenges of making accessibility easy, or what I like to refer to as “democratizing accessibility.” I would encourage anyone who’s making things with and for WordPress to read it. I think that WordPress, (both the community and the project), is well-positioned to democratize accessibility, at least for the web. I also believe it’s our responsibility to do so, and that we will get there as long as we keep going forward. Accessibility’s got a lot of momentum in this community, and though we’re not perfect, and we’re nowhere near the point where accessibility and easily creating accessible content is the default, we’re moving in the right direction. But we all, (not just the WordPress Accessibility Team), need to challenge ourselves to make it as easy as possible for not only developers and designers, but content managers as well, to make things accessible. I would even go so far as to say we need to be making it as hard as possible to create inaccessible things, whether it’s a designer or developer doing the creating, or the cat blogger. We still have a long way to go, and it’s going to be an uphill battle, but I believe we’ll eventually reach that point.

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