Accessibility improvements in Jira

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Making our products and services accessible to all individuals is part of our company values, and our design guidelines have been created with accessibility in mind. We’ve audited the Jira applications to make sure they’re compliant with Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 AA. The result of this audit is the Jira Server and Data Center VPAT report.

What’s a VPAT report?

VPAT, or Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, is a document that evaluates how accessible Jira is according to the industry standards and requirements, contained in Section 508. In short, it shows areas and issues we need to fix to make Jira fully accessible. For details, see Jira Server and Data Center VPAT.

Fixed issues

Here’s a list of the most important issues we’ve fixed so far. We’ll keep this list updated with every new release.

ItemJira version


Continuous accessibility improvements to Jira UI in various areas, for example:

  • Added / improved alternative text for images
  • Improved the Jira code to work better with assistive technologies
  • Added labels/descriptions to form fields
  • Improved contrast of text
  • Improved visibility of the focus indicator
Jira 8.3+


  • Accessibility improvements when creating issues

Jira 8.14


Upgraded Atlassian User Interface (AUI) to version 9, with multiple improvements to:

  • main header and main navigation
  • focus management
  • page layout (on selected pages)
  • layered elements (drop-downs, dialogs - on selected pages)

Accessibility settings

New accessibility setting:

  • Add background to subtle buttons

Jira 8.12

Accessibility settings

New accessibility setting:

  • Increase text spacing
Jira 8.9

Accessibility settings

New accessibility settings:

  • Enable underlined links
  • Add unique patterns to issue statuses
Jira 8.8

Priority icons

A set of new priority icons with distinguishable colors and looks.

Jira 8.0

Creation of the VPAT report

It all starts with the first step—an audit that can tell us where do we need to improve.

Jira 7.13

Last modified on Dec 7, 2021

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