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#56419 closed enhancement (worksforme)

In block editor make block tools dialog tab-able for accessibility

Reported by: ritterml's profile ritterml Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Editor Keywords: reporter-feedback
Focuses: ui, accessibility Cc:


When I am navigating blocks and hover with my mouse the block tools / settings dialog pops up. I must use my mouse to navigate this dialog.

As a person with mobility impairment, instead of using the mouse I would like a keyboard shortcut to display and navigate this dialog.

Change History (7)

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

19 months ago

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

18 months ago

#3 @ryokuhi
18 months ago

  • Component changed from Administration to Editor
  • Keywords reporter-feedback added

Hello @ritterml,

thanks for reporting this issue. If this is an issue with the block editor, development happens on GitHub, so discussion might continue there at a certain point.

It's possible that part of the block editor isn't accessible for keyboard users, but it isn't clear to me exactly what block tools and settings dialogs pop up on mouse hover.

Do you mind giving us some more details on how to reproduce the issue? It would be best if you could prepare a list of steps to follow, but any extra piece of information you can give us might help us. Also, what version of WordPress are you using?

Let us know if you need any help on our side.

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

18 months ago

#5 @joedolson
18 months ago

Hi, @ritterml!

Is it possible for you to at least provide a screenshot of the part of the interface you're having trouble with? We aren't aware of any parts of the Block Editor interface that aren't accessible from the keyboard, as it's something we've worked fairly hard on. That doesn't mean we haven't missed something, but without some more detail, we're not sure what to look at.

It's possible that the interface you're working with is navigated using arrow keys instead of the tab key; if so, that could probably stand to be made more obvious to help sighted keyboard users.

However, without additional input, we'll close this ticket as worksforme in a couple weeks.

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

15 months ago

#7 @ryokuhi
15 months ago

  • Milestone Awaiting Review deleted
  • Resolution set to worksforme
  • Status changed from new to closed

We reviewed this ticket again today during the Accessibility Team's weekly bug scrub.

As we haven't been able to get extra details regarding this issue, we're closing it. Feel free to reopen at any time if needed.

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