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Please restore ability for blind users to add and move widgets. (6 posts)

  1. shandrow
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Dear WordPress Developers,

    Please restore the ability for blind users to fully access the ability to add and move widgets in current versions of WordPress. As blind screen readers, we are not able to utilize drag-and-drop functions with the mouse. Instead, we rely on the keyboard. I understand this feature used to be accessible in version 2.5.

    Please restore it as soon as possible for all blind WordPress bloggers. I am using WordPress in an online media class. This lack of accessibility may cause me unnecessary challenges.

    Regards,

    Darrell Shandrow
    Accessibility Advocate
    http://www.blindaccessjournal.com

  2. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Have you tried enabling the Accessibility Mode at the top of the page? Click Screen Options to access this link.

    I'd be very interested to know if this helps at all and will try to pass on any feedback to the relevant WordPress mailing list.

  3. Badeyes
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    As someone who develops sites using WordPress I couldn't agree with this more. I cant use widgets or anything that requires drag and drop because I am blind.

    Geof Collis
    http://www.badeyes.com

  4. Samuel B
    moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Have you tried enabling the Accessibility Mode at the top of the page? Click Screen Options to access this link.

  5. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    There's also a new WordPress Accessibility mailing list:

    http://lists.automattic.com/mailman/listinfo/wp-accessibility

    shandrow and Badeyes: I'm sure your participation and feedback would be very welcome.

  6. IndigoJo
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I have recently had to set up the widgets for my blind friend Ginny when she should have been able to do this herself. This should not be happening in 2009.

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