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Badeyes Launches Second Online Book in Its “WordPress for Badeyes” Series!

Learn how to build your own Personal or Business website.
by Geof Collis

After putting the finishing touches on my second Book: Build an eCommerce, Membership site with Community Forum it can now be purchased as a standalone or as part of a number of Discounted Bundles.

My first Book, WordPress for Badeyes: a Beginners Guide and its successor, A Beginners Guide Revised was written with simple, easy to understand language, this new Book is written from the perspective that you either read it already or you understand and know how to navigate the WordPress Admin interface.

A Beginners Guide Revised taught you how to secure a domain name, network host, and install and maintain a Personal or Business site, the premise of this new Book is on how to build an eCommerce, Membership site with Community Forum but can also be broken down into its separate components, for example:

  • eCommerce for selling digital products that Buyers can download through encrypted links
  • Free or paid Membership site only
  • Community Forum, public or private

Inside the Book you’ll find the following Chapters:

  • Build an eCommerce, Membership Site with Community Forum
  • Getting Started
  • Membership: General Settings
  • Membership: Member Settings
  • ecommerce: General Settings
  • ecommerce: Manage Products Settings
  • ecommerce: Miscellaneous Settings
  • Forums: Settings
  • Create a Forum
  • The Layout: Default Pages
  • The Layout: Navigation Menus
  • Create a Book
  • Shortcodes

Each Chapter walks you through step by step: installing and configuring the necessary Plugins; how to create different layouts; and offers many Page Templates and other extras to help you complete your ultimate website goal.

There are a number of Discount Bundles you can purchase that include my first Book and Premium version of my recently approved WordPress Theme, The Priority, so dont delay, head on over and Get a Discount Bundle Today!

The Badeyes WordPress Theme is Now Live and Available for Download!

by Geof Collis
December 18, 2014

It has been a long 4 months of researching code and using checking tools but WordPress has finally approved the Badeyes TwentyFourteen Child Theme and it is now live for anyone to download.

Thanks go to the many people on the LinkedIn group, WordPress experts, who helped me solve issues I couldn’t find researching through Google.

A big thanks also goes to my 12 year old daughter who I call my “IT Support”, she is the sight that I dont have in order to notice visual problems such as alignment, I’m sure we still have more work ahead of us but we’ll tackle them as people point them out or she does.

The Theme named “Badeyes” is a Child of the popular TwentyFourteen Magazine style layout but is more accessible and customizable, it can be viewed at https://www.badeyes.com/2014/ and you can see it in action at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca, http://www.aoda.ca and http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com.

Creating a Theme is no easy task at first, there is a lot of rules and stipulations you need to know and testing, testing testing, I almost gave up when after 4 months I still had errors I needed to fix, I was tired but figured I’ve come this far, might as well see it through.

Every time an email came from the people who volunteer their time to check Themes my heart would jump!

Was it approved? Was it rejected? Or were their still things to fix?

December 17, 2014 was no different, I actually thought to myself that if they just rejected it I would move on, after all I was already using it on my own sites, but their it was “Congratulations your Theme is now Live”!!

Anyone who knows WordPress can download it through their Dashboard or go directly to it on WordPress at https://wordpress.org/themes/badeyes

I’m working on another Theme right now that I use on my site https://www.badeyes.com but dont know if I have the stamina to see it through.

Again, thanks to all of the good folks on LinkedIn who gave me the benefit of knowledge that I didn’t have in order to see this to its completion!

aMENU Demonstration

Visit the site at aMENU.ca

Digital Inclusion: The Benefits of Better Web Accessibility

While some see meeting the online needs of disabled people as a ‘ruinous obligation’, businesses would do well to accommodate the ‘blue pound’

Gus Alexiou
Thursday 20 November 2014 14.45 GMT

In an era when the web is becoming ubiquitous, the implications of being on the wrong side of the digital divide seem graver than ever. Website accessibility expert Professor Jonathan Hassell’s new book on digital inclusion, launched this month, calls for a shift in the thinking of organisations over what has often been regarded as a somewhat burdensome and thorny issue.

Professor Hassell was the head of accessibility and usability at the BBC between 2008 and 2011 and now runs his own consultancy, Hassell Inclusion, which helps organisations ensure their digital products remain accessible for elderly and disabled users. He was also the lead author of BS 8878, the British standard for integrating web accessibility as a regular practice within corporations.

In his book “Including your missing 20% by embedding web and mobile accessibility”, Professor Hassell debunks some of the myths around the nature and the size of the potential audience.

“The Internet Association saying that accessibility can be a ruinous obligation is based on the idea that some features might be very expensive to implement with very little financial return. As the Equality Act now covers digital products, for some it merely boils down to a technical checklist and insurance policy against being sued.

“Accessibility has always been synonymous with blind people and screen readers because they have an exceptional lobby and tend to be fairly up front in expressing their needs without emotional difficulties.

The problem is that blind people only make up a small percentage of the 11 million disabled people in the UK. The people who are being forgotten are those with cognitive rather than sensory issues, for example people who are dyslexic or maybe have a learning difficulty. Groups that aren’t so used to fighting their corner and perhaps are less comfortable letting others know that they have difficulty using a computer.”

In his book Professor Hassell encourages a better understanding of the legal requirements and a return to core business principles.

“At the heart of the law is the notion of ‘reasonableness’. If it costs you millions of pounds to make something that works well for 10 users, that doesn’t sound too reasonable, but if it costs you £20,000 to make something work better for a million users then you really should be doing it.

“Some people bury their heads in the sand and don’t want to go near accessibility, and there are others who insist on compliance with WCAG 2.0 web content accessibility guidelines whether it helps loads of users or nobody at all. I believe that both of those extremes are stupid. People should not need to check their brains in at the door when it comes to accessibility.

“I want organisations to see the business angle on this to say some cost/benefits make sense and others don’t. For example, does it make business sense to have a budget in place to make your products work well for disabled people and then spend 90% of that budget on 2% of the disabled population?”

The book, which features a foreword by Ed Vaizey, the minister of state for culture and the digital economy, and Mark Harper, the minister for disabled people, maps out the accessibility journey through an organisation’s hierarchy.

Professor Hassell explains: “The start of the book, which outlines the business case for accessibility, is for the person right at the top of the company but the key figure for me is the product manager. The technology sector used to be run by IT geeks but a company like Apple is so successful today because in Steve Jobs they had a product manager who was utterly obsessed by giving users the best possible experience.”

With technology so rapidly evolving and an ever more pervasive web, the stakes in accessibility for users and corporations alike will continue to skyrocket. The trend towards a more mobile web experience may actually benefit disabled users by making altered sensory requirements more mainstream.

“The problem is that all of this new technology is being created by young, typically male individuals who think everyone is just like them. Mobile is giving us more of a level playing field. If you are a web product designer who is going on holiday next week and want to check those football scores or read your emails on the beach, you probably need to sort your colour contrast out because that sun is going to be really bright and for a while you are in the shoes of people whose needs you’ve been ignoring.

“With Google’s purchase of Nest this year we are also hearing more and more about the ‘internet of things’. So automated and connected fridges, kitchen appliances and central heating. Soon our mobile phones will become the remote control to our homes. If everything feeds through the internet then as a disabled person, all I need is an accessible internet. If I am blind and need everything to speak to me, in the past all of my household appliances would have to have a speaking chip in them, but if my mobile can do it – that is a huge game changer.

“The internet enabling real physical objects completely changes our thinking around accessible design. Software allows us to do more and more year on year, but we need to make sure that the direction we are going in is one that carries everyone out there with it.”

While the moral case for digital accessibility is clearly supported by an increasingly ubiquitous web, the obvious commercial benefits cannot be ignored either. The so called “blue pound” accounts for some £80bn in the UK on an annual basis. Moreover, brand loyalty is likely to be particularly prevalent within this sector of the market, which tends to place an especially high premium on feeling that their divergent experiences and requirements are appreciated and understood by others.

Gus Alexiou is a freelance writer

Reproduced from http://www.theguardian.com/media-network/2014/nov/20/companies-benefits-digital-inclusion-accessibility

Badeyes 2014 WordPress Child Theme Up for Review

This 2014 Child Theme is now in front of the good folks at the WordPress Repository and ready for review.

You can see a mock up version of it at www.badeyes.com/2014/ where you can read about what I have modified on the Developers page and take a test drive by going to the Download page and get a copy of it.

If you wish to be notified of its Status you can sign up for email notifications on the Download page as well

Any constructive feedback is welcome.

Accessibility Lipstick on a Usability Pig

Applying accessibility techniques to an unusable site is like putting lipstick on a pig. No matter how much you apply, it will always be a pig.

Read more at
http://webaim.org/blog/accessibility-lipstick-on-a-usability-pig/

Screen Reader User Survey #5 Results

In January 2014, WebAIM conducted a survey of preferences of screen reader users. We received 1465 valid responses to this survey. This was a follow-up survey to the original WebAIM Screen Reader User Survey of January 2009 and the follow-up surveys from October 2009, December 2010, and May 2012.

Read more at
http://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey5/

WordPress for Badeyes: A Beginners Guide

For Immediate Release!
February 5, 2014

Ever wanted to start up your own Personal or Business website but didn’t know where to start?

You’ve heard of WordPress, arguably the worlds best Content Management System(CMS) but have no idea about how to install it or manage it.

Screen Reader User Survey #5

The survey will remain open through January 15, 2014. No personally identifying information is collected. When submitted, your browser version, operating system, and JavaScript support will be collected. Results will be reported as aggregated summaries and will be published in early 2014. Your participation is purely voluntary and you can choose to stop at any time. There are 24 brief questions that will take approximately 10 minutes.

Read more at
http://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey5/

The Neglect of the Visually Impaired in Local Council Web Design

By: Robin Christopherson, Head of Digital Inclusion at disability and e-Accessibility charity, AbilityNet
Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013

Building in awareness is the only way to ensure web accessibility continues to go, writes Robin Christopherson of charity, AbilityNet, which promotes the inclusion of disabled people on the web.