Test Chat Summary, March 16, 2015

Last week, two patches were tested:

  • #31522 – Quicktags: use aria-label to improve 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). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility)
    Conclusion: The ARIA labels to the markup buttons are clear. The editor itself needs more work.
  • #31450 – Add landmark roles to WordPress admin areas
    Conclusion: The new landmarks are useful, the text could be better (main content and contact information are not specific enough).

The results of both test are added as comments with the tickets. Extra issues the testers found are included in a seperate post: Extra issues found by the wpa11y test team 

 We discussed some issues the testers reported:

  • Where should the skip to content link go, now it goes to help tab. Conclusion: leave as is.
  • Dashboard menu tab order: One tester remarked that it’s a pain to tab through all the sub menu’s in the main menu. Conclusion: Maybe this can be solved easily by binding arrow keys to jump to next LI item inside the same immediate parent UL or a similar solution. @joedolson will open an (enhancement) ticket about this, there we can investigate the options.

New tests for this week:

Because the work on 4.2 is ongoing and there are not a lot new difficult patches to test, a test of the diffent ways the search function in the admin works seems useful. An overview of work that needs to be done to get the search and the search results accessible.

Next week we could provide a list of the issues we hope are fixed in WP 4.2 and have them all reviewed by the testers.
Suggestions are welcome.