WordCamp Europe Summary 

The WordPress Accessibility Team at WordCamp Europe. Left to Right: Joe Dolson, Andrea Fercia, Rian Rietveld, Graham Armfield, Mike Little, and Morten Rand-Hendriksen

The WordPress Accessibility Team at WordCamp Europe. Left to Right: Joe Dolson, Andrea Fercia, Rian Rietveld, Graham Armfield, Mike Little, and Morten Rand-Hendriksen

On June 26th, the contributor day for WordCamp Europe, several of the members of the accessibility team were able to meet and address a variety of issues. It was a great opportunity to try and pin down some long-term problems and strategize for the future!

During the event, we:

  • Taught several theme developers and reviewers the process of testing themes for the accessibility-ready tag
  • Worked with the Design team to finalize solutions to a couple of nagging issues in communicating information formerly only available in title attributes
  • Discussed some of the problems in the theme review workflow that relate to the accessibility-ready tag and brainstormed ways of handling them
  • Discussed ideas for increasing the automation available for doing accessibility-ready testing of themes
  • Prepared patches and worked through a number of open tickets in the accessibility queue
  • Gave a great workshop on keyboard accessibility
  • Promoted increased participation in preparing subtitles for videos on WordPress.tv
  • Worked on improving the accessibility of the WordPress core tags widget
  • Discussed improvements to Contact Form 7 with @takayukister
  • Met and talked to more people interested and excited about accessibility in WordPress!

The opportunities to work together at great events like WordCamp Europe are priceless; big thanks to the WordCamp Europe team for all their hard work!