Accessibility Team Meeting Notes: 1/11/2019

Meeting notes on Slack

Update on 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. Editor Documentation

Dave Ryan gave an update on progress towards publishing the Block Editor user docs. The materials are almost finished being unified and outlined, and they hope to get the docs into HelpHub by the end of January.

Track progress on the User Docs

Dicussion on 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. Phase 2 Planning

Continued discussing coordination planning for Gutenberg phase 2, trying to improve what didn’t work in phase 1. Andrea Fercia proposes a new team that takes responsibility for feature scoping that combines facets from 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). (, design, and internal architecture.

Not everybody agrees that a new team would help solve the problem.

Will continue discussion next week. This is expected to be a long-term assessment.

Individual & team goals for 2019

Joe Dolson asked for individual members to communicate their goals for 2019 in WordPress Accessibility in an attempt to keep track of projects and what people are doing.

Progress on automated testing

There’s an updated version of the scripts package; project is moving forward. Will communicate with @greatislander to eventually share information with the Theme Review team once the automated testing suite is sufficiently mature.

Plans for the Nimbus testing server

The team has had a dedicated server for some years used for running user tests. It has not been used significantly recently, so the team voted to decommission the server. Future tests can be prepped on an ad hoc basis.

Open Forum

Andrea Fercia requested feedback on a quirky JAWS/IE11 issue with fieldsets.