While switching my blog theme, I noitced a new theme filter option on the StudioPress Themes for WordPress website that I hadn’t noticed before: ‘Accessibility Ready’.
So, what is ‘Accessibility Ready’ in terms of websites?
“Accessibility on the web can mean a lot of things. But in general it means making websites as inclusive to as many users as possible. Accessibility is important for a diverse group of users including mobile users, people who rely on assistive technology to navigate the web, and even search engine robots.” – WordPress.com
I was aware that using the ‘Alt’ field (alternate text that is rendered when the image cannot be displayed) associated with images was helpful to those who could not see the images. Selecting an ‘Accessibility Ready’ theme might be another way to reach a larger audience.
So, in order to stay modern, help those who need help navigating the web and gain some Google juice, I plan to select blog themes for Posting For Now that are classified as ‘Accessibility Ready’.
Update (12.24.16) I would also consider some of the newer StudioPress third party offerings, even though they are not classified as ‘Accessibility Ready’.
Update (4.4.16) I decided to switch my blog theme back to an ‘Accessibility Ready’ theme.
As many of you know, I am a StudioPress affiliate and sometimes promote their themes for WordPress.org websites. You can visit StudioPress Themes for WordPress to see all of their themes. I recommend filtering on ‘Accessibility Ready’ when purchasing one. (Note: The Genesis framework is also required for all StudioPress Themes.)