[wp-hackers] Accessibility of WP back end (was: Is WP back end supposed to work without JavaScript?)

Lynne Pope lynne.pope at gmail.com
Sat May 2 05:35:35 GMT 2009

Just a note - in both the tracker and comments made here, people seem to be
focusing more on S.508 compliance.
That is all well and good, but misses the fact that S.508 is a US government
guideline, which is an amendment to the US Workforce Rehabilitation Act,
1973. Section 508 does not apply to private sector web sites or to public
sites which are not U.S. Federal agency sites.

S.508 covers *some* of the requirements for an accessible SITE, but if we
are looking at WordPress accessibility the guidelines we should be looking
at are the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines:

ATAG provides the information needed for WordPress to be an accessible
authoring tool. WordPress itself cannot make a site accessible - that is up
to a combination of both the theme and the user, as long as the underlying
code meets the ATAG guidelines.


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