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Marco's Accessibility Blog

Helping to make accessibility accessible.

WordPress, Ghost

My Journey To Ghost

In this post, I discuss some aspects of my migration of this blog from WordPress to Ghost, and what pitfalls I encountered.
Marco Zehe
Marco Zehe
8 min read
Blogging, Ghost, JAMstack, Eleventy, Hugo, GatsbyJS, Netlify, OpenSource

Welcome to Marco's Accessibility Blog 2.0!

This blog has launched on a new platform. Find out a bit about the background and motivation in this post.
Marco Zehe
Marco Zehe
6 min read

The focus of this blog is changing

Recently, Mozilla introduced an official blog about all things accessibility [https://blog.mozilla.org/accessibility/]. This blog is transitioning to a pure personal journal. For years, this blog was a mixed bag between information about my official work at Mozilla and my personal views on accessibility. Now that Mozilla has its own accessibility blog, my personal blog at this space will contain less work-related material and more personal views on the broader subject of accessibility. I am als
Marco Zehe
Marco Zehe
1 min read
WordPress

This blog has moved

As discussed previously [https://marcozehe.de/2019/12/07/the-myth-of-getting-rich-through-ads/], I planned a few changes to my blog. Well, this Sunday, it all happened. I moved my blog back to a self-hosted WordPress, but am powering it with Jetpack to offer many of the same features as during the seven months it ran on WordPress.com. I am also using the same theme, just have rearranged a few things. The privacy policy was updated to reflect the new status. The site is hosted at a Germany-base
Marco Zehe
Marco Zehe
1 min read
Gutenberg

What's new for accessibility in Gutenberg 7.2

Gutenberg 7.2 has just been released [https://make.wordpress.org/core/2020/01/09/whats-new-in-gutenberg-8-january/] as a plugin. The development cycle was longer than usual. As a result, this version contains a lot of changes [https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/releases/tag/v7.2.0]. Several of them improve Gutenberg’s accessibility. The tab order in the editor When editing a block, the tab order has been adjusted. Rather than tabbing to the next block, for example from one paragraph to the
Marco Zehe
Marco Zehe
2 min read

Merry Christmas, everyone!

To everyone who celebrates it, a very merry Christmas! That’s it, folks! This concludes 30 days of continuous blogging. Over the last month, I shared a few tutorials, a few web development tips, thoughts on Gutenberg in various shape or form, told you how I made a graph accessible, was a bit sentimental, had a bit of reviews, some hints on products on sale that are accessible, and more. Feel free to dig around the blog if you like, they’ll all be there. This was a fun experiment, but if I do th
Marco Zehe
Marco Zehe
1 min read
HappyChanukka

Happy Chanukka

Wishing all of my readers who celebrate it, a very happy Chanukka! This year, Chanukka started at sundown on December 22 and runs through December 30. It coincides with Christmas. And as it so happens, the muslim mayor of London kicked off the Chanukka celebrations from a Christmas tree last night. In a world where there are so many separating thoughts and actions becoming more prominent again, endangering the free and open societies of some western countries, these connecting events are more i
Marco Zehe
Marco Zehe
1 min read
a11y, Gutenberg

WordPress accessibility team member, Gutenberg contributor

My recent [https://marcozehe.de/2019/11/27/my-thoughts-on-gutenberg-accessibility/] frequent [https://marcozehe.de/2019/12/13/a-quick-introduction-to-using-gutenberg/] blogging [https://marcozehe.de/2019/12/18/a-few-quick-tips-on-gutenberg-on-mobile-devices/] about Gutenberg has led to some really productive changes. One change is that my profile on WordPress.org [https://profiles.wordpress.org/marcoz/] now shows that I am also contributing to the accessibility effort [https://make.wordpress
Marco Zehe
Marco Zehe
1 min read
a11y, CSS, HTML, WebDev

Recap: The web accessibility basics

Today, I am just quickly going to recommend you an old, but all-time reader favorite post of mine I published 4 years ago. And it is as current today as it was then, and most of it already was in the year 2000. Yes, I’m talking about the basics of web accessibility [https://marcozehe.de/2015/12/14/the-web-accessibility-basics/].
Marco Zehe
Marco Zehe
1 min read
a11y, Accessibility, Chat, Messaging, NewVector, Riot, SynchronousMessaging, VectorIM

How to get around Matrix and Riot with a screen reader

On December 19, Mozilla announced that it will switch to Matrix [https://discourse.mozilla.org/t/synchronous-messaging-at-mozilla-the-decision/50620] and Riot as the main synchronous communication platform, replacing IRC. This post is aimed to give you an introduction to using Riot [https://riot.im/], the most popular Matrix client, with a screen reader. Matrix itself is an open standard protocol that defines how a chat client, such as Riot, talks to a server, such as Synapse, and how servers
Marco Zehe
Marco Zehe
8 min read
Threema

On sale until December 31st: Threema seriously secure messaging

Threema is an alternative to WhatsApp & friends, with a focus on privacy. It’s made in Switzerland, and it is on sale until December 31 [https://threema.ch/en/blog/posts/half-price] for half the price. Threema is a messenger alternative for smartphones and tablets, with a web version also available that connects through your installed app. All offerings are accessible to screen reader users. It is not a free app, and it is only partially open-source. But its privacy focus has won it several rec
Marco Zehe
Marco Zehe
1 min read
BlockEditor, Gutenberg, GutenbergMobile

A few quick tips on Gutenberg on mobile devices

The new WordPress block editor is also available in the WordPress app for iOS and Android. It uses the same basis as the editor on a self-hosted or hosted WordPress site, but is a bit simplified. And it is accessible. Here are a few quick tips to get around it. Enable it first You may first have to enable it. You’ll find the setting under each blog/site you have in the WordPress app. It is called “Use the new visual editor”. Check its checkbox, or turn on its toggle switch, to use it. Now when
Marco Zehe
Marco Zehe
3 min read