Accessibility discussions and work at WordCamp London 2017

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. London the a11yAccessibility 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 worked during the contributors day and the two days after that on several issues. We where privileged to have Adrian Roselli joining us for two days to pluck his brain.

Besides working on a11y tickets on trac we spend a large amount of time discussing and making decisions:

Settings APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways.: @karmatosed agreed to go for a one column design. @flixos90 will work on a patch and we will ask for the design team to help us. Summary of the Settings API discussion.

Use of a code editor instead of the Text editor@grahamarmfield tested Code Mirror with Dragon NaturallySpeaking, and we discussed what the consequences would be of implementing this or any other code editor or syntax highlighter. Overall conclusion: A code editor is useful, but it should be implemented as an opt-in, not as default until there is an accessible version available. Summary of the Code Editor discussion.

GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/: The new blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. based editor. We researched and discussed the editor prototypes 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/ and together with Adrian came with a list of recommendations to safeguard 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). Issue at the Guterberg GitHub repo.

Thanks for joining in the discussions and the work: @karmatosed @afercia @flixos90 @grahamarmfield @samikeijonen Adrian Roselli @hedgefield @abrightclearweb @moorscode and many others.

And a huge thank you for the organisers of WordCamp London!