I’m working on a site for a client that includes e-commerce functionality. Since they have to ship physical goods, and are using Stripe already, and since they don’t want to bring in another outside service that they have to pay monthly for to handle their shopping cart, I’ve selected WooCommerce as the overarching plugin to handle most of the e-commerce. Most of the e-commerce sites I’ve done over the last couple of years have included third-party shopping carts, and so WooCommarce itself hasn’t figured much in my workflow, and I was expecting this experience to contain just as much unpleasantness with regard to accessibility as it did a year ago when I last looked seriously at WooCommerce.
I am very pleasantly surprised, delighted, and pleased to report that Automattic has been working on the accessibility of WooCommerce since they first acquired WooThemes a year ago. It’s got a ways to go, (especially since Select II is involved), but there’s definite improvement here. They’re using Aria in a few cases where necessary due to some custom controls, and they’re using it properly. I believe Automattic deserves praise for this, and encouragement to keep up the good work. Making WooCommerce accessible is going to be a long, hard slog, and I’m very glad to see things heading in the right direction. So keep up the great work Automatticians, and I’ll be cheering you on every step of the way.