Audits and testing

WordPress regularly improves its features and creates new coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. themes. The accessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). ( team monitors these changes and tests them for web accessibility. More than 70 volunteers with all kinds of assistive technologyAssistive technology Assistive technology is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and also includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using them. Assistive technology promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to, or changing methods of interacting with, the technology needed to accomplish such tasks. help with these tasks. Nimbus Hosting is so kind to sponsor a test server for the team.

What we test

  • Core themes, like Twenty Seventeen;
  • New functionality added in WordPress;
  • Existing functionality with known problems;
  • Patches from tickets labeled “accessibility”.

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How we test

We use a variety of assistive technologies, including:

  • Different brands of screen readers and voice recognition software on multiple browsers;
  • Keyboard only navigation, checking tab-order and discovering unreachable links;
  • Color contrast checkers;
  • Other accessibility issues we find.

Do you have something you’d like tested in WordPress core? Please contact us in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at in the #accessibility channel to let us know. Via the test mailing list, team volunteers regularly plan tests and report results.

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What we do with the test results

We report problems by creating a ticket on WordPress TracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub. We test patches on existing tickets, then update those tickets with our findings. We discuss known accessibility problems and suggest workable solutions. We document these activities on Make WordPress Accessible.

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How you can help

You can help increase accessibility in WordPress, and thus in much of the web. We are looking for people familiar with WordPress, with time to run tests, especially those who:

  • Use assistive technology to use the internet or,
  • Know about web accessibility or,
  • Are web developers that can help write patches.

Join our Monday meeting on the #accessibility channel in Slack, introduce yourself and you’re in.

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