You Don’t Have To Be A Frontend Developer To Take Advantage Of Frontend Dev Tools

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is digging into content management tasks at your website with an eye toward accessibility, I have a terrific insider tip to make the job of color contrast compliance much easier.

I published an article at ArtsHacker that provides step by step instructions on how to use Kontrast, an extension for Chrome and Firefox browsers that allows you to quickly check and adjust color contrast for your website elements in real-time.

Leveling Up Your WCAG Skills With Kontrast Chrome Extension

The extension comes in free and pro versions and I can’t recommend strongly enough how much of a bargain the $4.99 price tag is for the latter.

Typically, this is the sort of tool used by frontend web developers and designers but there’s zero reason why it won’t be equally useful to content managers, regardless of your skill level.

If you’re curious to learn more about why color contrast matters and why you’re content is almost certainly going to need tweaks, be sure to check out this article on the topic. It’s all part of a larger series about Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 requirements.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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