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Accessibility Testing Accessibility Testing

WordPress regularly improves its features and creates new core themes. The accessibility team monitors these changes and tests them for web accessibility. More than 50 volunteers with all kinds of assistive technology help with these tasks.

Web accessibility testing is a subset of usability testing where the users under consideration have disabilities that affect how they use the web. The end goal, in both usability and accessibility, is to discover how easily people can use a web site and feed that information back into improving future designs and implementations.

See the WordPress accessibility roadmap to see our overall plans for tackling specific issues in WordPress core.

At the moment the Make WordPress Accessibility team is addressing the following issues:

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What we test What we test

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

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How we test How we test

We use a variety of assistive technologies, including:

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

See “Test Team Guidelines” to learn how to test for accessibility.

The team meets Mondays 18:00 UTC in the accessibility channel at Slack. We decide what to test and discuss test results.

Do you have something you’d like tested? Please contact us in Slack 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 What we do with the test results

We report problems by creating a ticket on WordPress Trac. 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 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.