- Accessibility 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) statement
- Gutenberg 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/, priorities for WordCamp 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
- Contributor drives
- Open floor
The WordPress project now has an accessibility statement. We still need to add an ATAG (Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines) statement to add to that page. @joedolson will write that, sometime in the near future.
At the moment @rianrietveld and @samikeijonen are writing pages about how to test for accessibility to add to the handbook best practices chapter, for developers, designers and content managers. This at the request of the Gutenberg team. The pages are in draft now, to be published this or next week.
Gutenberg, priorities for WordCamp London
@karmatosed suggested the following workflow for this:
- sit down together at a11y 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) table on the contributor 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/. prioritising all a11y issues in a spreadsheet
- create a solid few weeks plan for accessibility, get everything in milestones, get everything so we all know we’re on track
- get a ‘hot list’ from that and give easy wins to developers present at the contributor day
- leave that clearly knowing what needs to be done for a11y and how help can get there
- focus on a plan of tasks and that all tasks have enough information to be developed by anyone working on project
Angela Jin asked us to write up content for their info pages about work that can be done for the different teams during a contributor drive (a bite sized contributor day). @rianrietveld also adjusted the page Getting Started at a Contributor Day for this too.
If a contributor wants to select an a11y task:
- Tell the #accessibility channel in WordPress Slack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. that you are hosting a Contributor Drive and request specific projects and direction.
- If you need assistance during the Contributor Drive, ask questions in Slack.
To avoid having to maintain a page with a list of tasks in the documentation of the contributor drive.
- @postphotos came with the idea of organising “contributor drives” in regions across the world, focused on a11y. Like the translation days. He will research this further. We agreed this is a fun idea (wpa11y day?)
- @arush will publish her research on the screen reader accessibility of Gutenberg this week
- We had a discussion about adding
hreflang to links in translatable strings, like e.g.
<a href="%s" hreflang="en"> . Adding the
hreflang="en" in the translation triggers a warning
- We discussed setting a new date/time for the meetings. There will be a separate post about this tomorrow.