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WordPress admin bar inaccessible without a mouse (5 posts)

  1. rmassart
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I try to do all my browsing without a mouse and use a plugin called vimperator to manage this. It works great, however I can't logout out of WordPress, because the logout link is hidden in a box which appears on hovering over my avatar in the top-right.

    I can focus the avatar and otherwise get to it, but because the div containing the logout link only appears on hover (using css :hover) it is impossible to get to the logout link without a mouse. In fact the whole admin bar become unusable without a mouse. This is a really poor design choice on the part of WordPress and particularly dissapointing for what is otherwise such fantastic software.

    Can this please be fixed in another release? Either also use css :focus to make the option appear or open the options through a click (facebook and google both use this approach). The same is true for the left hand menu, but here it is not so drastic because clicking on the main menu item reloads the page with the sub items displayed.

    Regards,
    Robin

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I can access the log out link pretty easily using the just the TAB & ENTER keys. Once you hit the "Howdy Admin", try pressing ENTER to reveal the dropdown menu.

  3. rmassart
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    In fact you are right, it is possible. But it isn't easy. The tabbing order makes no sense you have to tab through the whole side menu and then the quick press form on the dashboard and then it reverts to the admin bar. I think the choice of colors doesn't help. Going from dark grey to even darker grey means you don't notice the admin bar has been highlighted. This is why I hadn't noticed where the tabbing was taking me. If you're on a page with lots of links you're going to get confused. I don't consider this to be easy on users with accessibility issues. Much easier to be able to activate the popup with a click. If you're going to do this with tabbing surely the admin bar should be the first thing you tab to on the dashboard?

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I agree with everything above. I think that, previously, the accessibility focus has been on keyboard-using visually-impaired users when, in reality, there are far more sighted keyboard navigators out there. It's a common error to make.

    However, WPORG is looking at increasing the overall accessibility of the admin area for all users longer term and, to that end, there's a new initiative that you can get involved with: http://make.wordpress.org/accessibility/ Please do consider it. I think we need more input from people without visual problems to address the previous skew towards screen reader users.

  5. rmassart
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi esmi,

    Yeah, I found that site before commenting here. Unfortunately the reply button wasn't working yesterday. Seems to be working now though. I have subscribed to that so will be keeping an eye on developments there.

    Regards,
    Robin

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