Accessibility

Accessibility

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General

Online store speed
Online store speed
Accessibility
Accessibility
Theme updates
Theme updates

Theme styles

Style presets
Style presets
Colors
Colors
Fonts
Fonts
Animation
Animation
Social media
Social media

Header

Announcement bar
Announcement bar
Mobile menu
Mobile menu
Search bar
Search bar

Sections

Products

Product listings
Product listings
Product badges
Product badges
Quick view
Quick view
Quick add
Quick add

Product page

Product template
Product template
Variant chips
Variant chips
Sticky add-to-cart bar
Sticky add-to-cart bar
Sibling product swatches
Sibling product swatches
Product recommendations
Product recommendations

Collection page

Collections template
Collections template
Banner
Banner
Product grid
Product grid
Filters and sorting
Filters and sorting

Cart

Quick cart
Quick cart
Cart page
Cart page
Added-to-cart popup
Added-to-cart popup
Cross sells
Cross sells
Free shipping bar
Free shipping bar
Low inventory warning
Low inventory warning

Pages

Templates
Templates
Home page
Home page
About page
About page
Blogs page
Blogs page
Blog post
Blog post
Collections list
Collections list
Contact page
Contact page
Password page
Password page
Search page
Search page
404 page
404 page

Support

Support policy
Support policy
Shopify vs Theme issues
Shopify vs Theme issues
Store access requests
Store access requests

Theme accessibility standards

Web accessibility is about making websites usable for as many people as possible. Accessible websites benefit everyone, including people with disabilities, visitors using mobile devices, or those with slow network connections.

Fluorescent themes aim to meet the highest standards of web accessibility, outlined by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Our themes and Shopify support these guidelines, and we continue to update our themes to meet these standards as they evolve.

This article focuses on how to keep your online store accessible while customizing its theme. You'll find a couple guidelines to get you started and further resources for testing and learning more about accessibility.

Follow accessibility guidelines

In some cases, there are accessibility guidelines that our themes support but cannot enforce. For instance, because themes allow site colors to be fully customized, it is the store owner’s responsibility to select colors that meet accessibility standards.

When customizing your theme, we recommend following Shopify's guidelines on Accessibility for themes. You'll find guidelines and recommendations for:

You may also want to use the A11y Project Checklist to make make sure your site complies with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

We recommend starting with two guidelines that are commonly overlooked:

Color contrast for text

If the background color is too similar to the text, it can make it difficult to read. This can be especially challenging for people with visual impairments, such as color blindness. You can use free online tools, like Accessible Web’s Contrast Checker, to help you select colors that meet accessibility standards.

Alternative text for images

Alt text, or alternative text, is a text description added to an image’s HTML code. The text description may be read aloud by assistive technology, like screen readers, used by people with visual impairments. Alt text also appears when an image does not load. Learn how to Add alt text to product images and theme images.

Find professional help

You may want to contact a development company or design firm that specializes in accessibility compliance. One firm that specializes in Shopify work is Diff, but there's a great list of experts available on the A11y Project website.

Review apps for accessibility

Shopify apps may not comply with these guidelines, and using multiple apps can impact accessibility. When installing apps, keep accessibility guidelines in mind and contact app developers if you have any questions.