WordPress provides a reasonable lead in creating accessible websites. For example, the latest default themes, such as Twenty Seventeen, have already been built accessibility in mind. But that doesn’t mean your job is done.
There are still a lot of items to check from your list to make sure everyone has access to your site’s navigation and content. Fortunately, this is one of the areas where the extension development community has really strengthened. We now have a wide range of tools to help us meet the challenges of accessibility.
Here is a collection of WordPress plug-ins that can improve the accessibility of your site:
WP Accessibility (written by Joe Dolson, which we recently were interviewed) is a multifunctional extension that solves common accessibility problems.
Its outermost feature is the Font Size and Color Agreement toolbar, which helps users read your content more easily. But it also does a lot of behind-the-scenes work, such as adding skip to content links, implementing line outlines
:focus mode to improve keyboard navigation
longdesc for pictures and much more. Each feature can be enabled or disabled via the settings page.
WP Accessibility Helper adds a user-friendly toolbar to your site that allows users to choose from a variety of color contrasts (they can choose from a selection of colors) and adjust the font size to their liking. But it goes beyond and provides users with options for underlining or highlighting links, grayscale images, changing fonts, and keyboard navigation.
The extension also includes a DOM scanner that scans your site for various accessibility errors. There is also a pro version which brings more delicacies.
If you want a simple way to allow users to enlarge text, the Ease of Access widget is a good option. It is a minimal widget that provides small, medium and large text links. The settings let you specify which HTML elements are affected and how large (or small) the fonts should be.
Accessibility Checker provides real-time feedback on the content of your site. Once the content is published or saved as a draft, it is scanned for accessibility. The plugin then provides a visual overview (and breaking code) of any issues it detects.
The free version scans an unlimited number of messages and pages. The Pro version raise the ante by covering custom mail types, which provides a centralized open list of accessibility issues and helps you prepare an accessibility statement for your website.
WordPress plug-ins are at their best when they save time. Access Monitor can do this by running automatic weekly or monthly availability checks. Configure the plug-in to test custom page sets, and it returns a list of “clear” issues. In other words, the plug-in only reports problems that are being tested mechanically. This reduces the number of false positive results that usually plague automatic scans.
To use Access Monitor, you must obtain a free API key from Tenon.io.
Typography plays a huge role in the accessibility of websites. If the fonts on your site are too small, it may not be available to many users. Zeno Font Resizer helps you.
The plugin allows users to resize the text to their liking via the widget (the theme can also be resized using a theme snippet). You can set the minimum and maximum font sizes and the amount of resizing for each step up or down.
One-click accessibility adds a handy toolbar to your interface that allows visitors to your site to customize a variety of accessibility settings. They can resize fonts, change color contrast, and underline hyperlinks.
At the back, you can edit the available items in the toolbar. In addition, there are settings that add outline targeting to all links, add link content, and remember user settings.
If images on your site are missing ALT attributes, it means that they are not available to screen reader users. They may miss out on important information.
One way to solve this problem is to use an extension such as Bulk Auto Image Alt Text. The extension uses items such as message headers or Yoast SEO refinement keywords for images that do not already have ALT attributes. It works automatically, so you don’t have to go through all the media yourself.
Just note that descriptive ALT attributes are better in terms of accessibility. Therefore, this extension can serve more as a stopping solution.
WP ADA Compliance Check Basic automatically checks the content of your site for the most common accessibility errors. It will then give you a report showing any problems and corrective actions to fix them.
The free version of the add-on is limited to 25 pages / message per scan. Update full version to remove the extension. In addition, it also scans theme files and automatically fixes problems for you.
While it is common practice to set hyperlinks to open in a new browser tab, it can also be misleading for some users. Accessibility New window alerts can help by providing users with a warning message before opening a new tab.
There are no settings to configure. Activating the plug-in adds an easy-to-use tooltip to the links that appears with the mouse pointer. As a bonus, it also integrates with the ease-of-use tool mentioned above.
Do not leave users behind
Recent years have brought a great deal of awareness to the importance of creating an easy-to-use website. While it takes time to ensure coverage of all bases, it is well worth the effort. Using the tools described above is a great way to add features (visible or not) that will help every user get the most out of your WordPress site.