Accessibility Team Meeting Notes: February 15th

Meeting notes on Slack

Lack of Agendas & publishing of notes

  • We’ve struggled to get agendas and notes published recently, due to personal issues.
  • Will get all notes caught up with today (@joedolson)
  • Want to devise a better system for preparing agendas, that takes into account who will be present at any given meeting.
  • Last week’s meeting agenda contained numerous items where nobody present had relevant new information.
  • People anticipating attending a meeting should contact team reps if they have a topic they’d like to raise

Updates 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. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ user docs

  • Still no updates 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/ or elsewhere
  • Mentioned in update chat with @chanthaboune; hope to get some information soon.
  • Should we publish the docs for assistive technologyAssistive technology Assistive technology is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and also includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using them. Assistive technology promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to, or changing methods of interacting with, the technology needed to accomplish such tasks. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assistive_technology ourselves, or would that just create long-term confusion?

WordPress 5.2 ReleaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software. schedule

  • Release schedule has been set for late April.
  • Time frame will not allow for Uniform Search
  • We believe it does give space for us to accomplish the 32 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) tickets currently slated for next release.
  • @joedolson will take ownership of the Uniform Search ticket so that we can begin planning, aiming to accomplish this in 5.3

Open Floor

  • From @afercia: note new proposal to systematically integrate animated micro-interactions in Gutenberg’s UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing..
  • While we don’t have any fundamental problems with this in general, we should comment to ensure that the accessibility concerns with animations are raised.
  • From @afercia: 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. specific responsive controls – very complicated and questionable semantics, particularly due to multiple controls that share the same label – labels should be unique. Topic will be discussed in design meeting, as well.