Wordpress and Screenreaders


I’m new and I’m not sure if this is the right forum, but I don’t know where else to look. When trying to build a Wordpress website using JAWS (a screenreader), there seem to be some issues. From my research it seems that people find Wordpress very accessible, but I can’t find any assistance for the issues that are occurring. I submitted this question to the Wordpress support forum with no response yet, but that is apparently the only way to contact them.

Any help is appreciated.

Thank you

Hi, I have some past experience addressing web accessibility concerns - what has been happening that’s raised your concern? WordPress is a tool, and like any other tool, what you build with it can vary greatly in design and accessibility.

If you haven’t already, I’d suggest reading the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and ensuring your site meets them. If your site meets the guidelines, it should work well for screen reader users.

As it can sometimes be difficult for a non-screen reader user to appreciate the experience, I found the WAVE Toolbar to be an invaluable tool. I’m sure there’s other, and likely better, software available today, but it’s a good starting point.

I also found that using a plain text web browser for testing, like Lynx, was very helpful to ensure that my content made sense with only text displayed - though it does not fully replicate the navigation experience of using a screen reader.

Hopefully these tips help :slight_smile:

Thank you so much, I appreciate your assistance!! :slight_smile:

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You’re very welcome! I hope you’re enjoying the GitHub Support Community, and please let me know any other questions you have - accessibility is something I’m passionate about and I’m happy to help :woman_technologist:

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