Accessibility Team Update: Week of March 2, 2015

This week, the team covered a range of topics, mostly giving each other updates on ongoing projects. Chat archive in Slack.

We talked about the accessible theme pattern library, which is ongoing. I’m leading this effort, and hope to hit 10 patterns before starting on a handbook for the 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). ( team.

@rianrietveld gave an update on our weekly testing sessions, which happen every Monday. She says:

Last week we tested:

  • #31143 – Login error handling accessibility improvements
  • #31326 – Edit comment screen: misplaced-missing labels

This week we retest the update/install plugins after the introduction of wp.a11y.speak().

Full report on the testing.

@afercia updated us on wp.a11y.speak, which is a tool for developers to dispatch feedback messages text strings to an `aria-live` region within the WordPress Admin area. This makes it easier for users with assistive technologyAssistive technology Assistive technology is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and also includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using them. Assistive technology promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to, or changing methods of interacting with, the technology needed to accomplish such tasks. to know what’s happening on the screen.

We also talked about the upcoming enhancement deadline, and what we might need to retest and coordinate with the CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. team. @afercia attended the Core meeting that day to help coordinate the efforts.

We also agreed as a team to rotate a team representative to attend the Core development meetings. @afercia has handled that recently, and we’ll get a schedule up on this site soon. To start, @rianrietveld will take April and I’ll take May.

See you next week everyone!