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  1. This is welcome news. Accessibility is too often overlooked and it is something that should be at the forefront of everyone’s minds when they work with Open Source. WordPress’ market share makes it and its community a major influencer and thought leader where moving the web forward is concerned and if we collectively decide to make Accessibility priority #1 then the rest of the web will follow suit.

    This move also falls nicely in line with the recent legislation of accessibility standards as a requirement in many European countries. We are moving towards a time when accessibility is a requirement and the sooner we can get in front of that the better.

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  2. I’ll admit, accessibility is something I don’t know much about and is generally on the back of my mind. When I think of accessibility, I think of all the extra work required. If accessibility becomes a requirement, I think that may push me to learn more about it and strive to make accessible content. But man, all I think about is the extra work involved with everything.

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    1. The sentiment you are expressing here is both the reason why accessibility is the unwanted step-child of web development and why governments all over the world are now legislating it as a must-have feature. Ask anyone who has never done accessibility and they’ll tell you it’s because they think it’s a lot of work and complicated. Ask anyone who works with accessibility and they’ll tell you this is a myth.

      Here’s the thing: If you build accessibility in from the ground up it is not a lot of work at all. It is just part of your baseline framework. If on the other hand you try to cobble it on afterwards it can be a royal pain. It’s all about how you approach it.

      Regardless, even if it was complicated and expensive (it’s neither) we simply cannot continue ignoring accessibility any longer. It is morally wrong and now also legally wrong in many countries. The only right thing to do is learn it, embrace it, make it part of the process. Soon it will just be another web standards thing you do by default.

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