Twenty Twenty-Two Is the First Default Block Theme to Get Tagged as Accessibility-Ready

Twenty Twenty-Two Is the First Default Block Theme to Get Tagged as Accessibility-Ready

Posted by WP Tavern on September 23, 2022 at 3:30 pm
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After a seven-month long effort across multiple contributor teams, the Twenty Twenty-Two (TT2) default theme will be tagged as “Accessibility-Ready” when WordPress 6.1 ships in November. It is the first block theme to meet the requirements for gaining this distinction. During its development the theme was also tested and found to meet WCAG AA level accessibility requirements. The accessibility-ready tag can be applied to themes in the directory that have successfully completed an accessibility audit for the minimum requirements established by the Themes team. Theme authors are encouraged to exceed those requirements, which are laid out in a tiered set of required and recommended guidelines. It is important to note that themes tagged as accessibility-ready do not necessarily meet any level of formal accessibility requirements, as those measurements apply to content and cannot be applied to a theme. Getting the tag added to Twenty Twenty-Two was delayed due to a few issues that required collaboration across teams. One of the important ones was the theme having multiple H1 headings per page. Although WCAG guidelines do not prohibit more than one H1 on a page, the accessibility-ready guidelines required no more than one H1 per page. Some participants in the discussion suggested…

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