Support » Theme: OceanWP » Accessibility Improvements Request

  • Resolved bluesky10


    I recently discovered OceanWP and I am liking it so far. I am a blind blogger so accessibility is my number one priority when choosing a theme. With that said, I have a few suggestions which I hope that will be considered in future updates.

    1. The search icon in the menu doesn’t have a text equivalent, so the screen reader is just saying ‘link’. I suggest you put the word ‘Search’ for clarity purposes. Speaking of the dropdown search, is it by design that there is no search button there?

    2. Unlike in the single post navigation, the page navigation in the homepage also has empty link for the next button. I suggest you put the word ‘next’ and ‘previous’ for clarity.

    3. While focused on the last field in the comment form which is in my case, the URL field, pressing tab would not bring me to the submit button. Instead it brings me somewhere far away from the form. I think the solution is the tabindex attribute.

    4. I wish the Breadcrumbs navigation region had aria-label="You are here". It’s a nice experience for screen reader users, I think. It is just a bonus if there is a title with a heading level…tag inside the nav with a screen-reader-text class.

    5. I don’t know if there is a reason for this, but I am wondering why the <main landmark wraps even the sidebar section. Is it possible to put the </main> before the sidebar?

    6. Finally, and this is more of a personal request, it would be so perfect already if there is a way to wrap the logo image in a heading level 1 tag (homepage only). I tried digging in the code but could not find where I can accomplish this.

    Thank you very much for this wonderful theme.

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  • bluesky10


    Just to add and related to item number 2: Like in the single post navigation, I hope there is also a heading tag for the page navigation.

    @jouielovesyou we have released a theme update yesterday with lots of accessibility improvement. Have you checked it? For the points you have mentioned, I will definitely consider it in the next update of the theme.



    You are my hero thank you very much!!! I am marking this as resolved as I can confirm the accessibility improvements in the latest update.

    Hello @jouielovesyou,

    Thank you very much for your positive feedback on our accessibility improvements. We are really glad to hear you are satisfied with them and your opinion and recommendations are valuable to us, because we are trying to make the OceanWP theme as accessibility friendly as possible.

    In case you have other info and advice to share on how we can improve the theme even more, we will be more than happy to listen and take everything into account.

    Take care. All the best

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