Christian Heilmann

Ever wondered what a Wordle social media update sounds to screenreader users?

Wednesday, January 19th, 2022 at 10:44 pm

It’s not pretty.

This isn’t a dig at Skoop, he was just first on my timeline with a result when I did some accessibility testing.

Screenreaders read out the squares as “black large square”, “green square” and “yellow square”. As a saving grace, they cleverly do group them, so four yellow squares are announces as such and not four times “yellow square”. I love how easy it is to share your results with the web and I am sure it is a great factor of how the app spread, but an image with an alternative text of the result would have been a more accessible option.

Luckily, for iOS, Federico Viticci created a shortcut that does this for you .

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