First accessibility issue found with Tumblr’s post editor

Today, I’m giving Tumblr’s built in post editor a look. Although it’s certainly very usable, there are unfortunately some accessibility issues.

  1. There are a few unlabeled edit fields that appear when creating a post, most notably the field used for adding tags to the post. Another unlabeled field is one that allows a source URL to be specified, i.e. to attribute content.
  2. Probably the biggest for me, the editor contains two check box options:

    • Send to Facebook

    • Send to Twitter

    Screen readers see the text, but do not identify either control as a check box. Furthermore, I cannot route my mouse/virtual cursor to this text in order to click it. This is especially disappointing given that the controls are just check boxes after all.

I’ll continue playing with the editor, but will also report these issues to Tumblr. In a way, it’ll be interesting to see if Tumblr shows any interest in getting these sorts of things resolved.

By Steve Sawczyn

Blind from birth, I do what I can to help make the world a more accessible and inclusive place for all.

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