Create accessible Umbraco packages
The Umbraco UI components have been built to be accessible and have accessibility tests built within them. Building the user interface (UI) using these Umbraco UI components ensures that the package is as accessible as the Umbraco backoffice.
In addition, any fixes and updates to the UI components will be pushed through to the packages when you rebuild them with the updates.
Accessibility testing is more a specialist skillset than it is automated testing. The purpose of this document is to outline what can be done to help build accessible packages. It is not a complete list of accessibility tests that can be performed.
- Build the components using the Umbraco UI components as these have accessibility tests built within them.
- Use the keyboard to tab through the elements on the page checking:
- Does the element tabbed to have a focus state?
- Does the tab order make sense?
- More on focus, tab orders, other common interactions and techniques for keyboard testing can be found at WebAIM: Keyboard Accessibility
- Check the UI with a screen reader.
- Non Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a free Windows screen reader and some guidelines on screen reader testing are available from WebAIM: Web Accessibility In Mind
- Install an accessibility testing tool as a plugin into your browser to run automated tests:
- If the UI does not follow the Umbraco Style, then check the contrast with a tool like the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Contrast Checker. This will help ensure contrast.