Accessibility Team Meeting Notes: November 30, 2018

Meeting transcript on Slack

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). ( review for the 5.0 About page

Related ticket: #45178.

The About page looks good. The only concern is wether the Classic Editor informations should be shown when the pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party is installed but not activated.

Update on WPCampus 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. accessibility audit

WPCampus is doing a fundraising to support an accessibility audit on Gutenberg. @bamadesigner is coordinating the initiative.

The audit is also supposed to provide actionable data. Most vendors offered to submit issues to GithubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that 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. and talk through the issues. The focus of the audit lies mostly on WCAGWCAG WCAG is an acronym for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. These guidelines are helping make sure the internet is accessible to all people no matter how they would need to access the internet (screen-reader, keyboard only, etc) 2.0 and 2.1.

The selection committee is finalizing the selection of the vendor. They are in the process of sending follow up questions to the vendors in hopes of deciding late next week, or right after 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. US.

Any help and support to show the community how important this is would be nice.

Current progress on Gutenberg accessibility documentation

The document is still available in Google Docs. @abrightclearweb is reviewing the last details.

@chrisvanpatten and @dryanpress from the Docs team are working to implement the document on Gutenberg user documentation, since this guide is valuable for all users. They will ask the Accessibility team to review the Assistive technologies section.

Information about the WordCamp US 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 There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. accessibility team table / the hackathon

@rianrietveld is coordinating the initiative.

Developers from Deque Systems will join the accessibility team and WP coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. developers at the contributor day. They will work together to set up automated accessibility testing for WordPress.
The plan is to create a framework for testing and example tests for themes first (like Twenty Nineteen) and also generate a list of tests to write.

If there is time the goal is also to set up a framework for Gutenberg and core. @johnbillion and @joemcgill will help out during the contributor day.