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 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) Team at WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Europe. Left to Right: Joe Dolson, Andrea Fercia, Rian Rietveld, Graham Armfield, Mike Little, and Morten Rand-Hendriksen

On June 26th, the contributor dayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-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 coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. tags widgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user.
  • 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!