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Some Accessibility fix suggestions (7 posts)

  1. davideagle
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hello, I am a blind user of wordpress. I started using WordPress a couple of months ago and found it to be very accessible using screen reading programmes on Windows, Mac and IPhone. However, I am a little concerned with something that appears to have been implemented into WordPress 3.3.2. There are a number of links that were once accessible that are now inaccessible. This seems to be due to the fact that they are image links that presumably haven’t been alt tagged. Alt tagging the links would make them accessible. I am able to find out what the links are by looking at the link properties and looking at the URL, but it is a slow process. I assume that alt tagging these image links would take all of five minutes. The links should be alt tagged as such:
    Index,
    Posts,
    Upload,
    Link manager,
    Pages,
    Comments,
    Themes,
    Plugins,
    Users,
    Tools,
    General options.

    Secondly, there is the issue of the Quick Edit feature for pages. The only thing that ‘quick edit’ has that the standard ‘edit’ option doesn’t’ have for pages seems to be the option to turn off comments. Quick Edit can pose a bit of an accessibility issue because the cursor has to be focused on the page before it will show up. Depending on the screen reader that is being used, this is a bit inaccessible because some screen readers don’t focus the cursor. It might be a good idea to either get rid of the need for the cursor to focus on the page before quick edit shows, or simply put the disable comments feature in the standard page edit option.

    Thirdly and finally, custom menus:

    IN order to reorder menu items you seemingly have to drag and drop the items where you want them. This is a bit of a no-go for people using screen readers since drag and drop isn’t’ really feasible. While I am aware that drag and drop is a great visual plus, it might be a nice idea to incorporate another way of ordering menu items and choosing positions in addition to drag and drop. In Joomla! You can order the way the items display by typing in a number. 1 will therefore come before 2 etc.

    Thanks for reading. The first one is the most pressing, but the other two would also be handy to have sorted.

    Thanks again.

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I've moved your post to the Requests & Feedback forum where it should have greater traction. I've also flagged your comments up on http://make.wordpress.org/accessibility/

    The idea behind make.wordpress.org/accessibility is to create a group of experienced users who could feedback to the core developers on access issues. Would you interested in becoming involved in this initiative longer term? If so, please feel free to contact me directly via esmi at quirm dot net.

  3. Rian Rietveld
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks for posting this. At the moment i am building a WordPress installation for 2 blind users, and all kind of input about the problems screen reader users get, are very helpful.

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @Rian: Have you had a look at http://accessites.org/site/ The initiative itself has now closed but there are still loads of articles on the site that you might find useful.

  5. jebswebs
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    The initiative itself has now closed

    That can't be good....why?

  6. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Nothing to do with WordPress. The team involved simply went onto other projects.

  7. John Blackbourn
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thirdly and finally, custom menus:

    IN order to reorder menu items you seemingly have to drag and drop the items where you want them. This is a bit of a no-go for people using screen readers since drag and drop isn’t really feasible. While I am aware that drag and drop is a great visual plus, it might be a nice idea to incorporate another way of ordering menu items and choosing positions in addition to drag and drop.

    The Navigation Menus screen has fallback support for users who don't have JavaScript enabled. You can add, edit and remove menus and menu items, and you can move menu items up and down. That said, there isn't an explicit accessibility mode like there is for the Widgets screen.

    I've opened a ticket on WordPress' bug tracker to get this added in and see if it needs any improving.

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