2014: A New Year, A New Theme & How To Improve the Accessibility of Your Site

Agenda for February Meeting

2:00pm Welcome and intro to group
2:05pm: Member showcase
2:10pm: Beginner presentation: Three Tips to Improve the Accessibility of Your Site
2:25pm: Advanced presentation: 2014: A New Year, A New Theme
3:10pm Q & A
3:20pm Networking and troubleshooting

Member Showcase

Cheryl Blacher will be talking about her site at http://bethejarcaigisrael.wordpress.com/

Three Tips to Improve the Accessibility of Your Site

Our first presentation, by Deborah Edwards-Onoro, highlights three simple ways you can take now to improve accessibility on your WordPress website.

The steps used to make your WordPress site more accessible are similar to the methods you use to make your site easily found by search engines. Deborah will also provide resources for you to learn more about accessibility in WordPress and how you can get involved.

2014: A New Year, A New Theme

The second presentation, by TJ List focuses on the shiny new "magazine" theme Twenty Fourteen included in last December's 3.8 release.

From the WordPress blog, "With a striking design that does not compromise our trademark simplicity, Twenty Fourteen is our most intrepid default theme yet."

Yes, it's intrepid. But does it work? What does it take to implement it on an existing site?

TJ decided to find out by updating his own site. In his presentation, he'll share what he learned along the way.

Presenter Backgrounds

TJ List, the "Geek Who Speaks People" is a hacker-at-heart, but his widely varied interests and commitments keep him grounded in reality, mostly. He started poking at WordPress in 2009, and has been involved with the Detroit WordPress community since 2010.

After a few years and a few WordCamps, his confidence and competence have both grown. TJ's company, maxim650, provides a variety of website services with an emphasis on WordPress. Eventually he plans to release a plugin into the WordPress repository...

Deborah Edwards-Onoro is a front-end developer who focuses on user experience, accessibility, and WordPress. She's been a leader of Metro Detroit WordPress for the past two years, and previously was officer of the Michigan Usability Professionals' Association for three years.

Working as a web developer in higher education gave Deborah insights into creating websites while making sure the sites were accessible to people of all capabilities.

Through her company, Lireo Designs,  Deborah focuses on creating usable websites with WordPress and offers digital marketing and training.

Parking and Venue information

Grand Circus is located in the Broderick Tower, and you enter from the Woodward-facing doors. 

Once inside, go to the end of the hall, and take the elevator to the fourth floor.

Parking is available at the Detroit Opera House parking garage, located on Broadway. Parking is $10 (unless there's a special event). There's also limited street parking on Woodward (no charge on Sunday). 

The Detroit Opera House parking garage is a short walk up Broadway and around the corner from the Grand Circus space. Here's parking information from the Broderick Tower website (PDF).

Please arrive no later than 2:15pm.

The building is secure and there will be no one at the door to let people in after 2:15pm. 



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  • Cam C.

    February 19, 2014

  • Cheryl B.

    Excellent. Glad I met everyone, and looking forward to subsequent meetups.

    1 · February 9, 2014

    • Deborah E.

      Hi Cheryl,

      Thank you for showcasing your site today. I was impressed with how much you accomplished on the site in a very short time. Looking forward to seeing you at our future meetups.

      February 9, 2014

    • Cheryl B.

      Thanks! I surprised myself by volunteering because I am normally quiet, but it was fun since I was excited about my friends's trip. Thanks for the opportunity.

      2 · February 12, 2014

  • Eric M.

    Great talks and tips. Looking forward to the next one.

    1 · February 10, 2014

  • Deborah E.

    Slides for my accessibililty presentation today can be found at https://speakerdeck.com/deboraheo/three-tips-to-improve-the-accessibility-of-your-website

    2 · February 9, 2014

    • Lynne T.

      Is there a link for the video you used?

      1 · February 10, 2014

    • Deborah E.

      Lynne, unfortunately the video link didn't come through on the SpeakerDeck file. I posted the video link and my slides on my site at: http://www.lireo.com/...­

      1 · February 10, 2014

  • Lynne T.

    Very helpful. Thanks to everyone!

    1 · February 10, 2014

  • Scott B.

    Good meeting learned a lot

    2 · February 9, 2014

    • Deborah E.

      Hi Scott,

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for attending today.

      1 · February 9, 2014

  • Lamont L W.

    I'm snowed in sorry I cant make it

    February 9, 2014

    • TJ L.

      Bummer. I will post slides later.

      February 9, 2014

    • Deborah E.

      Sorry you couldn't make it today. What side of town are you located?

      February 9, 2014

  • Cam C.

    Great discussion on accessibility including some helpful tips on how to improve it, and good details explored through TJ's in-depth look at the 2014 default theme.

    2 · February 9, 2014

  • TJ L.

    I'm at Grand Circus. Which room are we meeting in?

    February 9, 2014

  • Lamont L W.

    Hey are we still having the event

    February 9, 2014

    • Cam C.

      Lamont, yes the event will be going on as scheduled.

      February 9, 2014

    • Deborah E.

      Yes

      February 9, 2014

  • David G M.

    Deborah: We are not clear on what Improved Accessability means. Is it how to increase traffic to your site? Or access via mobil devices? David

    February 3, 2014

    • Deborah E.

      I'll be discussing accessibility in terms of creating a website that everyone can use. That means creating web pages that someone who is deaf, using a mobile device, screenreader or other device can access.

      1 · February 3, 2014

    • Stuart F.

      Hunting on behalf of vision impaired friend, I found one $500 smartphone--I think, the RAY--;after a year, there seems to be more happening

      1 · February 7, 2014

  • Deborah E.

    Thanks to Rosenfeld Media, we'll have a book giveaway for the recently published "A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experiences" by Sarah Horton and Whitney Quesenbery. Here's more info about the book: https://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/a-web-for-everyone/

    and an excerpt from the book that was published in A A List Apart last week:
    http://alistapart.com/article/designing-for-easy-interaction

    The giveaway is only available to people attending the February 2014 meetup in person.

    2 · February 7, 2014

  • Cheryl B.

    I have 2 sites which I would love to showcase, as I would welcome comments for improvement. Let me know if you are interested.
    http://bethelwindsor.com/
    http://bethejarcaigisrael.wordpress.com/

    Cheryl.

    1 · February 4, 2014

    • Deborah E.

      Hi Cheryl,

      Thank you for offering to showcase one of your sites. I think it would be great if you could showcase your http://bethejarcaigis...­ site and share some details about the site, it's goals, why you chose the Reddle theme. Several of our members are not familiar with using WordPress.com. Cheryl, there's five minutes to showcase your site. There will be time during networking for people to chat more.

      February 5, 2014

    • Cheryl B.

      Perfect, thanks

      1 · February 5, 2014

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