Accessibility/UI Collaboration on Posts/Pages Screen

There are several tickets open that relate directly to accessibilityAccessibility 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). ( in the content editing experience on the posts/pages screen (see this post by Joe Dolson for details). Since Avryl is currently working on the editor this is a good time to discuss combining efforts to work on accessibility/UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing. for the posts/pages screen as well. With combined efforts we could create a revised/improved UI for the posts/pages screen while taking accessibility into account during the entire process.

  • Change the UI to create an intuitive post/page creation experience for the user
  • We can possibly use parts of CEUX for this
  • The UI should be built with a focus on Accessibility first
  • Minimize or eliminate the need for documentation
  • Collaboration with Avryl will ensure that any changes to the editor will be taken into account when creating a new UI.

This was discussed some in the Accessibility meeting on 10/8 (link).  Avryl mentioned she could use some feedback on the inline tools pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party when it’s ready (link).

The kick-off meeting is currently scheduled for UTC Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM.  If anyone would like to be involved in this project, please join us.  I scheduled the meeting time based on best times for UTC to Central US time zone.  Please feel free to comment if you would like to attend but are unable due to the time.

We have the potential to make some very impactful and beneficial changes both in terms of usability and accessibility.