[Athen] accesskey keyboard accessibility and WordPress sites

Paul E. Paire paire at temple.edu
Thu May 1 17:11:43 PDT 2014

I haven't taken a hard look at the accessibility of WordPress in a while (and they come out with a new version about every six months). However, here's some resources:

A plugin to help improve accessibility:
Note: a lot depends on the theme that you're using, and plugins can negatively impact accessibility as well.

This is the blog of the accessibility team for WordPress:


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From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Tess McMillan
Sent: Thursday, May 01, 2014 5:51 PM
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Subject: [Athen] accesskey keyboard accessibility and WordPress sites

Hello all,

I am building a WordPress Web site for the Bellevue College DRC, as our college is transitioning to this model for departmental sites.

The existing site -- built on active server pages -- used accesskeys. Adding accesskeys to a WordPress site will be new to me and I think we'll need a "plug in" for this functionality.

Do any of you have tips or info you can share as regards WordPress and accesskeys or accessibility in general? I realize the question sounds general, but WordPress is fairly new (isn't it?) and I thought someone here might have a gem to share.

Our site (in development -- not for publication, smiley face) is here: http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/drc-dev/

Thanks for your time!


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