Accessibility on the web can mean a lot of things. But in general it means making websites as inclusive to as many users as possible. Accessibility is important for a diverse group of users including mobile users, users with disabilities, and even search engine robots. We handle accessibility of WordPress.com in two simple ways.
First, we follow web design standards and best practices. This means when we build new features and new themes, we are building on a good foundation for making our system and your blog accessible.
Second, we address specific concerns. As web technologies change and browsers strive to keep up, it is near impossible to achieve 100% accessibility. If you run onto an accessibility problem feel free to contact us. We examine these problems on a case-by-case basis and fix them if possible and appropriate.
We also provide a level of accessibility to users of mobile devices by offering mobile themes. And you can access your own blog on the go with the mobile version of WordPress.com or the WordPress app, available for smartphones and tablet devices.
Improving accessibility on your blog
- Write good captions for images
When you insert an image into a post or page, consider providing a rich description for the caption that will improve the reading experience for everyone, but especially folks who can’t see the image. Be creative. Instead of “My son on his swing,” try “My son is playing on his favorite swing. His face is filled with pure joy on a beautiful Spring day. Perfection.” The goal here is to convey the feeling of the image.
- Clearly describe links
Whether you are linking to your own blog or another site, it helps to be descriptive in the linked text or title. For example, “Click here” is not as explanatory as “Contact me.” When you insert a link with the visual editor, you will have the chance to give the link a title. This is the little bit of text that appears when you hover your mouse over a link. Screen readers may also read this text. Use the title to further explain the purpose or destination of the link.