11 · Accessibility of Text Editors

Web 2.0 Services

Many of the sites that allow users to contribute text, images and other multimedia also provide an editor that allows users to change the look and feel of their text as they would in a wordprocesser application. The problem is that not all editors are accessible when using a keyboard or screen reader. TinyMCE and CKEditor are both reported to be working towards or complaint with the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG). If a user cannot reach the editor with the use of the keyboard, then a plain text form should be offered.


This test has 5 possible outcomes.

N/A Not applicable
0% Keyboard and screen reader inaccessible.
33% Tab into the editor and out again but no access to toolbar.
67% Partial accessibility with access to some tools, keyboard short cuts and possible if access keys are known.
100% Fully accessible and usable.


The results of this test are taken into account when calculating accessibility scores for the following disabilities.


The following technique may come in handy when running this test.


This test aims to provide coverage of the following sections of best practice.

Document Section Heading
WCAG 2.0 1.1 Provide text alternatives for any non-text content so… More Info
WCAG 2.0 2.1 Make all functionality available from a keyboard. More Info
WCAG 2.0 2.4 Provide ways to help users navigate, find content, and… More Info
WCAG 2.0 3.2 Make Web pages appear and operate in predictable ways. More Info
WCAG 2.0 4.1 Maximize compatibility with current and future user… More Info