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Opened 6 months ago

Last modified 6 months ago

#40985 new defect (bug)

Lack of Screen Options toggle on mobile prevents accessing features

Reported by: johnbillion Owned by:
Milestone: Future Release Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Administration Keywords: needs-patch ux-feedback 2nd-opinion
Focuses: accessibility, administration Cc:


I recently needed to disable comments on a particular post while away from my laptop. I opened the post editing screen on my mobile device but the Discussion meta box was hidden and there is no way to access Screen Options on mobile to show/hide meta boxes. This meant I was unable to disable comments on the post from my mobile device.

I'd like to propose that when the Screen Options toggle is hidden to to a narrow viewport width, that all meta boxes are shown but the "hidden" ones are simply collapsed, thus making them accessible on mobile devices.

Change History (3)

#1 @afercia
6 months ago

  • Focuses accessibility added

Adding the accessibility focus because this was sometimes reported by assistive technologies users. As an edge case, screen reader users might have their browser window not-maximed and they could simply be not aware that under a certain viewport width some controls are not available.
Under 782px, Help and Screen options are hidden with display: none thus they're completely hidden to screen readers. For more general UI/UX/accessibility considerations about the Help and Screen Options tabs, see #21583.

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #accessibility by afercia. View the logs.

6 months ago

#3 @afercia
6 months ago

  • Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to Future Release

While meta boxes in the post edit screen will very likely see big news with Gutenberg, the access to the Screen Options and Help tabs across all the admin is a concern that should be addressed. Moving to future release as per today's accessibility bug scrub.

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