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Opened 6 months ago

Last modified 9 days ago

#52399 accepted enhancement

Remove widget accessibility mode

Reported by: joedolson Owned by: joedolson
Milestone: 5.9 Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Widgets Keywords: needs-patch needs-design
Focuses: ui, accessibility, administration Cc:


With the introduction of the new block editing experience for widgets management, WordPress will have four separate interfaces for managing widgets: block editing, customizer, classic widgets, and accessbility mode.

The accessibility team would like to explore merging the characteristics that accessibility mode uses for better accessibility into the classic widget screen, to cut down to only three modes of operation for widgets.

This will require identifying the characteristics of accessibility mode and finding ways to reproduce those characteristics within the existing widget UI.

The key differences that are obvious are:

1) Use of a text link to 'Add' or 'Edit'
2) Links target each widget via a URL to manage independently.
3) Selection options to choose which sidebar and position will be used for a widget.

These characteristics allow a single widget to be edited in isolation, the ability to assign a location without drag and drop, and visible text tools for handling widgets.

One possibility to explore is having an add/edit option that opens a given widget in a modal that includes the location selection tools provided in accessibility mode.

Change History (6)

#1 @joedolson
6 months ago

  • Owner set to joedolson
  • Status changed from new to accepted

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

5 months ago

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

4 months ago

#4 @sabernhardt
4 months ago

  • Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to Future Release

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

9 days ago

#6 @joedolson
9 days ago

  • Milestone changed from Future Release to 5.9
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