Three presentations on web accessibility and inclusion that benefit bloggers

Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. And at no time has web accessibility and inclusion been more important for older people than when we are confined to quarters or otherwise constrained by a global pandemic.

(You notice this blog post is a bit technical—but hang around: there’s something here for you.)

The free, month-long M365 MAY online conference has a strong flavour of accessibility and inclusion. Three presentations will give you a heap of knowledge and understanding about making your own blog content accessible. I love this instant learning! Learning a little and often is an easy pleasure and beats a PhD at my time of life.

Screenshot. Easy to read text. Pigtailed girl reading with magnifying glass.

Peek into Rebecca Jackson’s presentation on Content For Everyone: Basics for accessible writing

Content for everyone: basics for accessible writing Rebecca Jackson romps through a clear and concise presentation: yay, she practises what she preaches! How do you write for people like me (older than you, the writer) and why bother? Anyone who blogs will benefit from this knowledge.

12 ears, all different

Inclusive design – the benefits for everyone. Screenshot from Greg Alchin’s presentation for M365 MAY


Inclusive design: the benefits for everyone Greg Alchin brilliantly shows the logic behind designing for everyone, rather than just for the 55% who will easily read and follow the content of an app, a PDF “or whatever” (to quote Greg). To think that you’re a “normal” person and that people with disabilities (permanent, temporary or situational) are outliers is natural enough, but it’s a delusion. Plenty of tips here for designers and bloggers too about accessibility and inclusion.

Older Bloggers want: drawing of crowd of people crying for accessibility and clarity

Older bloggers want accessibility and inclusion and clarity— please include us when you design!

Old People and Their Computers in Lockdown. Last but not least, now you can watch my own presentation for the M365 MAY conference on YouTube. This one is not so much for bloggers as for IT practitioners in all fields. In this case I’m representing older people in all our glory! It’s about content accessibility and inclusion (including us older people when designing anything at all for a digital device). That was a theme that emerged from my research into older bloggers: I’ve passed on your cry to those who can help!


6 thoughts on “Three presentations on web accessibility and inclusion that benefit bloggers

  1. Ally Bean says:

    Here is an attempt at leaving a comment on this blog. Did it work this time?

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Ally, your comments were going to my spam filter. I can’t see any reason, and it’s a rare thing. Why on earth! It’s a reminder to check my comments on WP Admin. Luckily there was only one other. Doesn’t explain your previous blockages, though.

      1. Ally Bean says:

        Ah ha! Rescued from spam. That makes a certain sense. Thanks for finding me.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I will keep the phrase near the end of your You Tube talk: Accept the slowness, appreciate the brilliance.(or thereabouts!) I as pleased to see that you were able to share the surveys you did with us with that audience. Well done.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Elizabeth, thanks for watching my talk. And I think those were my exact words 🙂

      1. Elizabeth says:

        It was well worth my time. I recognized again how needlessly prevalent ageism is.

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