Last month I attended Mobilism 2013 in Amsterdam – a really awesome conference about mobile web design. My first Mobilism in 2011 was a real starting point for Responsive Web Design (RWD) and Mobile First to me and I was excited which topics will win this year. There is full coverage at mobilsm website, video recordings will follow soon.
The most important topics and starting points for me this year are:
RWD workflow between design and development
Performance optimization and checking browser repaints
I got somehow more professionalized in developing themes. There is now a development host running for my accessible child themes. WordPress provides a database for theme developers. So a developer can check a theme with standardized data to get all aspects of a WordPress theme running.
Screenshot Accessible Five child theme for TwentyTenFive
WordPress 3.0 got a new default theme: Twenty Ten. It’s doctype is yet HTML5, but the rest is still old XHTML. This is where TwentyTenFive get’s into. It’s mission is to get Twenty Ten upgraded to HTML5.
This is indeed a real improvement, but still has the same accessibility issues as Twenty Ten, e.g. not enough contrast in colors, few improvements for keyboard users and you get no real information about user’s location within a web page.
For developing purposes I am using now the newest WordPress release – aka nightly builds. I installed therefor the plugin WordPress Beta Tester. (Wow, linking is updated in WordPress editor – you can now make internal links easy by searching for terms or choosing articles directly – nice).
SteveAlee made an request in WordPress forum to merge the accessibility improvements of Accessible 1.0 into the WordPress default theme Twenty Ten. Of course this would be my favorite goal to get Twenty Ten fully accessible and not to make a child theme for that purpose.