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.

Outcomes and Scores

This test has 5 possible outcomes.

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


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 cover the following sections of best practice.

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WCAG 2.1 1.1 Text Alternatives More Info
WCAG 2.1 2.1 Keyboard Accessible More Info
WCAG 2.1 2.4 Navigable More Info
WCAG 2.1 3.2 Predictable More Info
WCAG 2.1 4.1 Compatible More Info