Is Padlet accessible?
Inclusivity and accessibility are top priorities for us.
What we are working on?
We recently realized that accessibility is an area we are behind in. To work toward better accessibility, we are currently in the process of testing Padlet for WCAG 2.1 level AA compliance. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities and more user-friendly for everyone. The guidelines have three levels of accessibility (A, AA, and AAA). We’ve chosen Level AA as the target for Padlet.
Does Padlet support screen readers?
Yes, we are basically compatible with screen reader software (such as Apple VoiceOver), but we are working on becoming even more accessible as we tailor content to screen readers.
Does Padlet provide keyboard access?
Currently, you can navigate the login page and the dashboard using only your keyboard. Padlets can be viewed, but settings cannot be changed. We are working on keyboard compatibility for settings, post-creation, post-editing, and post-expansion.
Here are a few keyboard shortcuts currently available on Padlet:
Windows users will use Control ^ and Mac users will use Command ⌘.
C: Create a new post
Esc: Close post composer
Cmd/Ctrl + Enter: Publish current post
Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + Enter: Publish current post and start a new post
Cmd/Ctrl + V: Paste clipboard content to a post
Does Padlet provide low vision color contrast?
Not at this time. We are working on it. For now, we recommend you download a web extension such as High Contrast for Chrome to increase contrast on Padlet pages.
Any recent improvements?
- Made padlet.com homepage keyboard accessible.
- Fixed bugs in padlet pages so that the post content area and add post buttons are announced correctly in screen readers.
- Improved translations for non-English users.
What are you working on next?
Our target is to fix the glaring problems that make Padlet inaccessible as soon as possible. Here are some items that are in our pipeline:
- Add landmarks to padlet screens for easy navigation with screen readers.
- Label links and buttons correctly.
- Extend keyboard navigation to the padlet dashboard.
- Extend keyboard navigation to padlet pages.
- Add alt Text to user uploaded images.
How are we doing?
Accessibility is very important to us, and we are sorry for any issues you may be experiencing while using Padlet. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us and mention accessibility.