How a Blind Person Inserts Media into a WordPress Post

In this post, I’ll show you how a blind person inserts media into a WordPress post while using a screen reader. In this example, I’ve inserted some audio, but this also applies to other media such as images or video.

For screen reader users, there’s a quick audio tutorial that you can use to start inserting media if you’re not doing so already.

In this scenario, I’m uploading media, not choosing from what’s already in my media library.

First, open the media panel

Below the field labeled “enter title here,” I find a link that says “add media.” I press space on that.

Next, I move down to the bottom of the screen by pressing ctrl+end. There, I find the “browse” button.

Because I want to upload media from my computer, I press enter or space on that.

A standard “choose file” dialog will open. I use standard controls/methods to find the file I want to upload from my own computer, and then tab to the “open” button and press enter or space on that.

Now, insert the media.

Next, I’ll insert the media I’ve just uploaded. To do this, I first make sure the window is maximized.

Next, I orient myself by returning to the bottom of the screen.

Then, I arrow up until I find the “insert media” link, and press space on that.

If my screen reader starts babbling at me, I know my media is inserted.

Tomorrow, I’ll show you how I work with what I like to refer to as the finer details of media.


Comments

  • Love this! As a sighted user, I find this fascinating, and feel like a lot of the rest of the world would immensely benefit from not only reading about but literally hearing what this experience is like. Neat.

    • Hey Drew,

      Thanks for the comment. I plan to do more process posts like this, but I’ve been a little busy and never got around to recording them. Recording is easier because I hate writing and it’s really hard to write out these processes. I still haven’t put up the audio for the WP birthday that demonstrates working with the finer details of media.

      • I plan to do more process posts like this, but I’ve been a little busy and never got around to recording them.

        Don’t feel like you have to drop everything and start blogging about all the things [grin]. I appreciate that you wrote even this, because it really created a sense of your experience that I could understand. Super interesting.

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