Support » Plugin: Spam Honey Pot » Not suited for blind users

  • Problem: Only a textarea is added without a label. So when blind people with a screenreader use it, the screenreader will show them the textfield even though it’s “display:none”. Maybe the fill it out, because they don’t know what it is used for.

    Suggestion: Add a label like “If you are a human, do not fill in this field.”

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  • esmi


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    the screenreader will show them the textfield even though it’s “display:none”

    What screen reader are you using? All of the common screen readers that I know of (JAWS, NVDA, WindowEyes etc) honour CSS display:none;.

    Hi esmi

    Thanks for your input. You seem to be right. Unfortunately, I have no screenreader, so I cannot test it.

    But in some circumstances screen readers seem to show display:none

    I tested it with the Firefox Adddon “Fangs” and that shows me the field of the honepot-field:

    Anyway I think it’s saver if textfield has a label. Just in case the textfield is shown…
    What do you think?
    (I already made the changes and sent a pull request: )



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    That’s a pretty old article (although everything on is well worth reading) and the major screen readers have moved on a bit since then. The article also mentions that this issue only occurred when using display:none; with links (anchor elements) – not form inputs. JAWS especially uses a completely different mode to interact with forms compared to plain text & links.

    With regard to Fangs, I’d be really careful about extrapolating anything concrete when using this add-on. It is just a developer tool – not a screen reader in its own right – so there may be some things that it does not emulate correctly.

    I’d agree that adding a descriptive label would be a good idea to cover any edge cases but only if that label too was hidden using display:none; – otherwise the output could be a bit confusing for sighted screen reader users (and, yes, not all screen reader users have sight problems).

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