Accessibility Team Meeting Notes: January 25th

Apologies for the late report. We’re working on getting caught up!

Meeting notes on Slack

Individual availabilility in coming months

The majority of attendees have 1-4 hours per week available. We’d like to take some time to come up with better usage of time for those who have only very small amounts of availability, as anybody with only 1-2 hours a week is essentially only attending meetings.

Update on Automated Testing projects

  • Axe tests are running against Twenty Nineteen
  • Setup is clunky because the NPM packages aren’t published yet
  • Next steps:
    • Make it easier to install/run tests against any theme
    • Possible to install dependencies without requiring a clone of 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.
    • Goal: installable as a 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 for easy installation
  • Joe Dolson will update 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). ( theme unit test data for use in theme testing. Needs to incorporate Gutenberg 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. output.

Update from research team/Gutenberg user testing

  • No one was present with information to report.

Verify team About page is up to date

  • Agreed that the info is essentially accurate, although we may want to make some changes anyway. Joe Dolson will review and report back.
  • Question whether the team has any materials on WP specific accessibility testing workflows; shared the accessibility-ready theme testing guidelines, which are already included on the About page.

Tickets for discussion:


Discussion on 4091 (Slack)

Discussion on 38338 (Slack)