One of the most common needs for accessibility 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). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) is providing tools to effectively navigate through content. Users of assistive technologies use headings as the predominant mechanism for finding page information. Headings provide document structure. Assistive technologies can list all the headings in a page to help users navigate and jump to different sections, like in a table of contents. For this reason, headings should contain just the heading text.
For a number of years, the main headings in the admin (and super admin) screens have been used to contain extraneous content, most notably the “Add new” button. WordPress 4.8 aims to fix this.
This is a continuation of the work started in 4.3 on restoring the H1 (heading level 1) to the admin screens and continued in 4.4 with the introduction of a better headings hierarchy.
What plugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party or theme authors should know
If your plugin or theme follows the previous WordPress pattern of adding extraneous content to the main heading, please update your plugin or theme to make the heading cleaner. All you need to do is move the extraneous content outside of the heading. WordPress 4.8 ships with new CSS Cascading Style Sheets. rules to take care of the new markup structure and in most cases, no additional changes will be required.
Of course, it’s impossible to cover all edge cases. If your plugin or theme uses additional content in the area next to the admin screens main heading, please double check now and be prepared to upgrade your markup and CSS to account for the cleaner headings. The relevant area is highlighted in the screenshot below and it applies to almost all the admin screens.
Need more details?
If you need more details about the markup and CSS changes, please do have a look at the tracking ticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. #26601 and the first changeset , followed by several other ones all listed in the main ticket.
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