[theme-reviewers] Accessibility Auditing of themes progress

Joe Dolson design at joedolson.com
Wed Nov 14 20:34:18 UTC 2012

True - but I think a combination of the presence of any other form
element with the absence of any label elements would be easy enough,
and would be sufficiently accurate.


On Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 7:10 AM, esmi at quirm dot net <esmi at quirm.net> wrote:
> on 12/11/2012 16:08 Joe Dolson said the following:
>> A couple additional (and hopefully very rare circumstances) could be
>> screened programmatically -- a complete lack of <label> elements or
>> <h*> heading elements would be an automatic fail, as well. We may not
>> be able to verify that the elements are used correctly automatically,
>> but if they were absent, that would be a definite violation.
> Not sure about checking for label elements. As far as I recall, there is no
> mandatory requirement for a theme to include it's own searchform.php or
> comment.php files. So I'd imagine it's quite feasible for a theme to be
> submitted without any label elements. Also a niche theme might be aimed at
> page-only, no comment, sites. so, again - no need for a custom comment form.
> That said, the core comment form needs a good overhaul in terms of
> accessibility, so I'm not sure how we'd handle any theme that simply pulled
> the core form - especially since the fixes are pretty easy at the theme
> level. Ideally, such a theme would not warrant the accessibility-ready tag.
> Mel
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