Accessibility

Last Updated: Jun 6, 2024

As a global platform for creativity and self-expression, Padlet is deeply committed to being accessible to everyone. However, this is an area we have realized 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.

The WCAG 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 softwares (such as Apple VoiceOver). Posts can be read out aloud. New posts can be created using a shortcut. We are working on defining better landmarks for easier content navigation.

What are the supported browsers for Padlet applications? How does Padlet deal with browsers without Javascript or CSS?

Padlet works on the following devices and browsers. Padlet requires Javascript and CSS to run.

Does Padlet provide keyboard access?

Currently, you can navigate the login page and the dashboard using only your keyboard. Posts on a padlet board can be created and navigated using the keyboard, but settings cannot be changed. We are working on keyboard compatibility for settings, post editing, and post expansion.

Does Padlet provide low vision color contrast?

Not at this time. It is on our roadmap. For now, we recommend you download a web extension such as High Contrast for Chrome to increase contrast on Padlet pages.

Any recent improvements?

Some recent improvements that we have made:

  • 63 WCAG A level issues resolved
  • 29 WCAG AA level issues resolved
  • Dashboard is now WCAG A level compliant
  • Dashboard is entirely navigable by keyboard
  • Improved dark mode to ensure better contrast
  • Substantially increased the usability of screen readers through improved and expanded labels, message announcements, better landmarks
  • Added the ability to add Alternative text on images
  • All disabled buttons on Padlet are now focusable
  • Single-key keyboard shortcuts can be enabled or disabled by the user
  • “Skip to content” link has been added to all pages to make screen reader navigation faster
  • Improved pointer device handling by adding the ability to abort actions mid-click.

What are we 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:

  • Make Padlet boards WCAG A compliant

Can we provide a VPAT?

You can find our VPAT report here.

Have a question or feedback?

You can contact us here.