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#51964 assigned feature request

WordPress Menu Editor is not accessible for the blind users who use screen reader — at Version 2

Reported by: javad2000 Owned by: azhiyadev
Milestone: Future Release Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Menus Keywords: needs-design needs-patch
Focuses: ui, accessibility, administration Cc:

Description (last modified by ryokuhi)

I am blind and I use WordPress with screen reader software (JAWS and NVDA).
Using WordPress menu editor is too tedious and time-consuming for a blind user, although other features are quite accessible.
When I go to Appearance > Menus and I add many items to the menu, I cannot rearrange the menu items by drag&drop. I can use Move up / Move down / Move under options for moving the menu items, but this is too time-consuming. I need to press Move Up button 20 times if I want to move an item up to 20 steps higher. If I want to move 5 items up by 20 steps, I need to press "Move up" 100 times, over and over. If I want to create a hierarchical menu with an average of 30 menu items, I need to take about 3 hours on rearranging the items.

Bulk Action Feature Request:
I want to have checkboxes beside menu items, so I can select several menu items simultaneously and apply a bulk move / reposition action on all of them simultaneously. For example, I select 6 menu items at a time and I have two comboboxes: parent item, position. I select "About Us" as the parent item, and "3" as their position. This way, all 6 items go to position 3 under "About Us". This is much faster than pressing "Move Up" 120 times for reordering those 6 items.

Bulk actions are available in all Wordpress taxonomies (Pages, posts, plugins, themes, etc.). I wonder why bulk actions are not available for menu items.

Thank you

Change History (2)

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

10 months ago

#2 @ryokuhi
10 months ago

  • Description modified (diff)
  • Focuses ui administration added
  • Keywords needs-design added
  • Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to 5.7
  • Owner set to azhiyadev
  • Severity changed from major to normal
  • Status changed from new to assigned

Hello @javad2000, and thank you for reporting this problem.
The ticket was discussed during the weekly accessibility bug scrub. The accessibility team agrees that, while this is a major problem for screen reader users, also sighted users could benefit from such a feature.
The ticket needs some design: all interfaces where bulk actions are available use WP tables, while the menu screen is different, so we can't apply the same design.

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