“The Accessible Editor”

Your website's not just designed for your audiences: it's designed for everyone. Which means it needs to be accessible to everyone.

Often, accessibility falls into the hands of back- and front-end developers. But just as important is the ongoing maintenance of content within your CMS - the headings and images and alt tags and simple verbiage used to communicate your brand's message: a message that deserves to be seen and heard by everyone.

In this workshop, we will dive into what we can do as editors to help fuel more accessible websites, separating the code from the content and making clear the responsibilities we all have in making sure the web is a better place for everyone. We will cover things like:

  • Best practices for content accessibility - headings, images, links, and more
  • Creating an editorial workflow that helps facilitate accessible content
  • Understanding the place of plain language and writing for those with low literacy or English as a second language
  • Common testing tools and methods for keeping things real
  • Navigating the grey areas of accessibility law to provide the best possible user experience

About the Speakers

Corey Vilhauer

User Experience Architect, Blend Interactive

@mrvilhauer

Corey Vilhauer is a user experience strategist at Blend Interactive, a web strategy, development, and design firm in the middle of the Midwest. He is a recovering advertising copywriter and a closeted fan of professional wrestling. He writes at length about methodology, empathy, and small-business content strategy at Eating Elephant, and writes about other things at Black Marks on Wood Pulp.