Guidelines for WordPress users

Introduction

The AODA

The 2021 Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is the legislation that governs how our website needs to function. It dictates aspects like the size and amount of text on a page, images, etc. It draws its elements from the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Hear the AODA explained for NSC on YouTube.

The Web Content Accessbility Guidelines (CAG 2) – The AODA requires we comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines that explain how to make web content more accessible to people with disabilities. The Guidelines include things like font sizes, line spacing and machine readable text.

Overview of “How To WordPress” pages

  1. WordPress General
  2. Special Content Types
  3. Special Functions

Images

We request the use of images to liven up all posts or pages. The new WordPress site automatically resizes images as it uploads them, saving a step—unless they’re 10MB or more.

Needed images may be  downloaded from free sites like Freepik or Unsplash without copyright issues, or requested from the PR Director who has access to the new 2022 photo bank compiled and copyrighted by a professional photographer. Requests should include a brief description of what’s needed.

NOTE: The website’s media library should be searched first to see if a suitable image is already present that can be reused. That saves storage space.

To stay compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), images may not contain text since not machine readable. Further, all images on a website are required to have alternative text. “Alt Text” is a simple description of the image for people with visual impairment. Whenever you use an image, make sure you add this text. See this website for some examples of alternative text by hovering over the images.

Make sure that you add “Alt Text” in the Media Library to any image that you upload.

Types of Images

The website accepts most image formats, including png, jpg / jpeg, gif, webp (served automatically in supported browsers), heic, heif, svg.

We recommend not using images that contain any text as feature images since they are automatically cropped and some of the text disappears.

Advanced Kadence Helps for Admins

Depending on your role and corresponding permissions, you may or may not be able to do some of these functions:

See also


Update log
2016-01-31, HM: Added this update log. Removed post about “Creating Racing Results Pages & Folders”.
Added links to https://nsc.ca/an/how-to-fleet-tasks/ and https://nsc.ca/an/library/how-to/.
Moved post about “How to Change a user password” to https://nsc.ca/an/library/how-to/.
2016-05-18, DS: moved BOX how to from Wesmater’s ‘How to’ to this page, moved UME to How To page.
2016-05-25, DS: Moved “how to build calendar iframe” to https://nsc.ca/an/library/how-to/;
Added Posting Race Results under new heading.
Moved ‘Creating Racing Results Pages & Folders For a New Season’ under that heading.
2019-12-08, DS: replaced link to “Uploading Documents Guidelines” with link to “Get Started Guide for New Users”.
2021-04-29, HM: Removed “Create a WordPress Post” since www.siteground.com/tutorials/wordpress/new-wordpress-post.htm no longer exists.
Removed link to “Creating ‘Title’ Posts”, as that option no longer exists.
2021-05-05, HM: Changed first link so it would not open in a new page.
2021-05-15, DS: added BOX Static Link bullet.
2021-05-15, HM: slight re-wording.

2022-06-15, HM: added link to Date & time formats.
2022-07-03, HM: shortened permalink; updated links to all child pages, including intro-wordpress-and-box.
2022-07-14, HM: added links on Expiring Posts, Post updates.
2023-08-19 SK added link to newly created page Keyboard shortcuts
2024-02-18 SK added an overview list of all “How to WordPress” pages by category

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