WordPress 6.3 Accessibility Improvements

Thank you to @joedolson and @alexstine for collaborating to write this post.

With WordPress 6.3 set to launch on August 8th, 2023, this post seeks to provide an overview of the many 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). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) improvements and fixes coming to the next major WordPress release. As always, there’s more work to be done with accessibility requiring an ongoing effort and commitment. 

If you’re interested in helping with this work, please join the #accessibility channel in Make SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. and check out how you can get involved. There are numerous ways to get involved in this important work including testing, giving accessibility feedback, and creating PRs to address feedback.

Site Editor

In order to keep up with the changes brought by the addition of more features in the Site Editor, including being able to add pages and patterns, the following work was completed:

List View

List View remains an important and powerful tool for navigating complex content. To ensure all can benefit, the following accessibility related efforts were completed: 

General blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. editor experience

Work continues to improve the base block experience, especially since improving blocks enhances the experience across all parts of your site. In particular, work to streamline link editing included a specific accessibility focus.