As usual, we had a lively meeting. Thanks to all who attended.
The accessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) of custom menus in WordPress 3.6 and its related Trac ticket continued to be the main topic of conversation. This is undoubtedly going to be a very difficult area to get just right — not only in terms of the coding approach but also due to the problems of ensuring that screen reader users are presented with a meaningful construct when they try to manipulate menu items. Because of this, it was felt that there was a real danger of theoretical discussions taking priority over the development of prototypes. To try and avoid this, @GrahamArmfield and @lessbloat have agreed to take the lead together on developing prototype solutions.
Add Media Panel
@GrahamArmfield recently raised some concerns over accessibility issues within the current Add Media Panel and we decided to progress further with this. @ceo agreed to post a summation of the issues faced by some screen reader users shortly. Some possible new options were suggested such as an ability to tag images and filter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Hooks. They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output. the library by tag or an option to filter the library by upload date. Both may offer some benefits to users trying to locate a specific file in a large library when they are unable to “see” the images in question.
Finally, a reminder that we are still a relatively small group of active members (although we have 156 people subscribed to this blog by email). We do need more active members – both technical and non-technical. So do please consider joining the group.
#wordpress-ui log for February 27, 2013