#TBT Do Your New Content Managers Need A WCAG Boot Camp?

The good news is nonprofit performing arts orgs are well on their way to restaffing after pandemic furloughs and layoffs. Having said that, the reality is many groups lost team members with website content management experience that had spent the last few years developing some killer Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) skills.

What that means is new members moving into those roles without that experience are far more likely to inadvertently undo a lot of the progress made toward making the organization’s website compliant.

While it’s unrealistic to expect them to learn everything overnight, you should make sure everyone understands the importance of maintaining those advances and provide the tools to start developing those skills.

To that end, here are links to articles that provide step by step instructions on how to begin mastering the three most common, and obtainable, WCAG compliance skills content managers need to have under their belt. I wrote this series of articles for ArtsHacker in 2019 and the good news is they are as applicable now as they were then.

Ease Into Web Accessibility With Color Contrast

Web Accessibility Through Content Management: Using Headers The Right Way

Image Alt Text And Accessibility

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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