We put a string of our own and client sites through the WAVE tool to see what it would find. It got ugly.
|Catling Mindswipe (Blogger)||35||175||139|
|Catling Mindswipe (Blogger new)||29||3||63|
|Robin Catling (WordPress.com)||3||3||15|
|West Devon Swords (WordPress s/h)||10||0||15|
|Proactivity Press (WordPress s/h)||4||35||60|
|Okehampton Flyers (WordPress s/h)||1||0||20|
|OCRA (Wordpress s/h)||0||0||47|
Blogger - Catling Mindswipe
It's quite a damning report. Our blogger template is one of the pre-built free frameworks that Blogger provides. It's quite old, but has been updated behind the scenes at least twice, the last time that we know of in 2018. Disappointingly it is an accessibility shocker. 35 markup errors, 175 contrast errors (my accent colour) and 139 alerts for poor practice.
Blogger is the free service (with paid options) from Google. It offers a limited set of templates with huge range of custom options inside a page-builder tool. You have control of page elements and colours, but not of the code used to structure and markup those things.
Hold onto this thought. The report was so bad, we revamped the site with a new Blogger theme and re-ran the report. See the dramatic difference in the line Blogger - new. More on this in the next post.
Parament theme performed poorly for contrast. It's a dark theme, on which NOTHING can be done to the basic colour settings.
West Devons Swords' dark, almost monochrome theme has no contrast errors AT ALL, only 15 alerts, but still 10 markup errors in the way it has been coded.
ColorMag by Themegrill, gets few markup errors. The contrast errors are entirely down to the choice of accent colours which is our fault, already spotted and already fixed. 60 alerts doesn't look good, though.
The combination of platform, theme, plugins and hosting plan clearly determines what you can and can't fix.
We'll consider this in the next post. RC