Building an accessible accordion

Aurooba and Brian dig into the semantics of not only what makes an accordion accessible, but also why a11y should be a first class consideration when you build anything on the web. They also explore how different ARIA tags work and what they indicate, taking a previously inaccessible accordion and transforming it into something navigable visually, with a keyboard, and with other assistive devices. Along the way, they also think out loud about the definition of an accordion and what that really means.

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  • (00:00) - Introduction
  • (00:15) - The importance of accessibility
  • (03:25) - The different considerations of making something accessible
  • (05:35) - Recapping where are are in the Accordion Block series
  • (06:50) - Demo-ing an accessible accordion
  • (08:36) - Defining an accordion
  • (10:40) - Header versus heading
  • (12:21) - Keyboard accessibility
  • (15:32) - What does ARIA stand for?
  • (16:03) - Coding an accessible accordion
  • (16:43) - The components of an accordion section
  • (17:23) - Diving into the semantics of an accordion section header
  • (23:11) - Targetting ARIA tags in your CSS
  • (24:21) - Digging into the accordion section panel
  • (26:32) - Animating an accordion
  • (27:46) - Next Steps
  • (29:34) - Conclusion

Creators and Guests

Aurooba Ahmed
Aurooba Ahmed
(she/her) Developer building bespoke #WordPress solutions, tools, and blocks. My name is pronounced "oo-ROO-ba" — Default to kindness, folks.
Brian Coords
Brian Coords
WordPress developer and writer blah blah
Building an accessible accordion
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