[wp-accessibility] Let's get started on improving WordPress accessibility

Tynan Colin Beatty junsuijin at gmail.com
Fri Aug 7 04:42:46 UTC 2009

Let's see, since I'm jumping in here completely unaware of previous reports,
I'll get the ball rolling by bringing up one of the most glaring issues that
I've encountered:
Repetetive/non-descriptive link anchors need to be more descriptive and
unique. This applies to comment 'reply' links, 'read more' links, etc. The
current preferred technique is to place excess text into a span and then use
css to make that span 1 pixel and place it outside of the viewable screen
area as describe here:
I'm uncertain as to how this would affect the 'reply' situation, should
WordPress Trac ticket #10550 ( http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/10550 )
be resolved by changing the links to form inputs; but as it is now, this
particular case should be resolved by adding comment id #s into the hidden
spans, like <a>reply <span class="hide-me">to comment #</span></a> or
'Read more' can be supplemented by titles. Any other repetetive / unclear
anchors should also be similarly supplemented to comply with this guideline.

On Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 9:38 PM, Lynne Pope <lynne.pope at gmail.com> wrote:

> First off, I wish to thank "the powers that be" for responding to my
> request for this mailing list.
> I believe that by discussing and proposing changes to improve WordPress
> accessibility those of us with expertise in this area can make a significant
> difference.
> Let's see if we can gather together all reports of accessibility issues
> and/or concerns, look at what needs to be done at the code level to correct
> these, and get moving on bringing WordPress into ATAG and WCAG2.0
> compliance.
> I'm excited to see this underway!
> Lynne
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