Accessibility Team Meeting notes for 31 May 2019

Meeting transcript on Slack

Team Goal progress

Media tickets: tickets have been reviewed and triaged, media team is starting to tackle. @afercia is tackling #47141.

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. issues: many issues are in progress. Early yet.

Glossary implementation on Make sites

Discussed concerns with implementation. Current implementation has some degree of 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). (, but doesn’t give users a lot of choice; no option to dismiss definitions and reads them automatically, rather than giving user choice. The vocabulary is probably also too broad, encompassing general terms not specific to WordPress that perhaps should not be in the purview of our glossary.


1) The user needs to be able to choose whether to read the definition or not.
2) In order for that to be relevant, focusing on the term needs to convey to the user that there is more information – a definition – available.
3) Having activated the definition, the user needs to also be able to choose how to move away from it.
Right now, none of these are true.

Gutenberg 5.8 Widgets 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.

Quickly got derailed into general comments about the Gutenberg sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme. construction. Noted some issues in the widgets UI:

  • 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. selection area invisible in some circumstances
  • Add block button not findable

Gutenberg open floor

Discussed sidebar issues, and the specific concerns about focus order & DOM ordering that make the sidebar difficult for keyboard navigation.

@joedolson, @mapk, @sarahmonster, and @nrqsnchz will coordinate to plan possible options.