Current Version: 1.2.0
Tested to: 4.8.1
Last updated: 2017-09-14 9:12pm GMT
Access Monitor runs accessibility tests of your WordPress site. It runs an automated scan of your site using the Tenon.io web accessibility service.
Access Monitor requires an API key for Tenon.io. Get your API key now! (Affiliate link)
Monitor Site Accessibility
No matter how hard you work to make your web site accessible, if you’re adding new content regularly, the accessibility of your site changes equally often. If you change your theme, you may have a whole new set of issues.
Access Monitor does two great things to help you test your site for accessibility.
First, it gives you the freedom of automation – schedule a weekly or monthly report, and get notified each time a report is run. Test a specific set of pages, and return a list of definite accessibility issues.
Second, it only reports accessibility issues that are machine-testable. It’s won’t raise red flags because it couldn’t tell whether an issue is a problem.
Access Monitor uses Tenon.io, an automated accessibility testing service developed by web accessibility guru Karl Groves. Tenon does what an automated tool should do – it delivers a report telling you what the issue is, where it was found, why it’s an issue, and who is affected by it.
A perfect score in Access Monitor doesn’t mean that your web site is accessible – there’s no way around manual testing. But Access Monitor makes sure that if an issue can be found using automation, you’ll know about it.
Learn about Tenon and Automated Accessibility
Go to Tenon.io to run a test of your site or read the Tenon.io documentation. Check out Karl Groves’ article series Everything You Know About Accessibility Testing is Wrong. Then get yourself an API key (affiliate link).
Keep up with Access Monitor development on GitHub.
Test your WordPress Site
Run a one-time test or schedule a test to be run on a weekly or monthly basis. All tests run through this system are saved for later review and comparison so you can track the performance of a page or a test over time.
- Duplicate issues are filtered out. If an accessibility issue appears on multiple pages, it will be shown the first time it’s identified.
- Re-run any test from the Accessibility Reports screen at any time. Re-running a test will create a new test on the same pages using the same parameters.
- Apply rules that will test posts before you publish them and reject publication if they don’t meet your criteria
Test the WordPress Admin
You can test the page you’re viewing using a link in the admin bar labeled ‘A11y Check’.
- In the admin, the entirety of the WordPress admin HTML is only tested on the Dashboard. On other admin pages, only the code inside the
wpbody-contentcontainer is passed to Tenon.
- On the front-end, only Pages and individual posts or custom post type pages can be tested. Archive pages are not currently passed to Tenon.
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