Accessible Theme Pattern Library Update for March

Another month has passed, and work on 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). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) Theme Pattern has chugged along.

What’s Happened? We have code committed for four additional pattens, beside the read more links one that got us going. They are:

  • A skip link.
  • A skip link for Genesis themes.
  • Dropdown menus with jQuery and without jQuery.
  • Comment form, enhanced with JavaScriptJavaScript JavaScript or JS is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. WordPress makes extensive use of JS for a better user experience. While PHP is executed on the server, JS executes within a user’s browser. https://www.javascript.com/. and ARIA.
  • Two more patterns in progress: responsive menu and mobile menu modal.

We’ve moved from separate repositories on GithubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ to just one. All the patterns live in sub-directories within that repository. It’s called a11ythemepatterns. Within that, we also have a basic readme file and a contributions file, explaining how to contribute.

You can see the in-progress patterns in the issues on Github.

Note: The patterns are also still available via their own separate repositories, which you can see on our Github account. Don’t use/fork those, as they’ll be removed soon. Use the a11ythemepatterns repository.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments.

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