WordPress Accessibility Meeting notes for 25 October 2019

Meeting transcript on Slack

Update on WP 5.3 Progress

@audrasjb reported that reactions from the French slackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. team on admin CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site. changes have been pretty good. Feedback also from Jetpack/WooCommerce teams who’ve fixed a few minor things, but reactions generally positive.

@afercia reported that an un-named large 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 WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party had to fix a few minor glitches related to custom form controls. Also noted that these changes cause some issues with custom selects such as select2 or chosen.

Continuing work on CSS: #48420

Ticket to standardize form control heights and alignments. Patch already exists, but didn’t make it in time for RCRelease Candidate A beta version of software with the potential to be a final product, which is ready to release unless significant bugs emerge.. These problems have existed since WP 3.8; in WP 3.7 form controls were aligned consistently.

Need some feedback from design to make decisions about inconsistent border radii and 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/.

Agreed to schedule this for 5.4-early, with the possibility that we’d try to push it into 5.3.1.

Update on 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) at WCUS

@nataliemac Reported that @rianrietveld and @nrqsnchz would be helping her in her workshop, which is just finishing up prep.

@nrqsnchz reported that he’s got a plan for format and activities at the contributor table. @nataliemac will also be at the contributor table.

Proposal: cancel team meeting for 1 November

We’ve routinely cancelled meetings that occur during WCEU or WCUS, and we’ll do that for this date as well. Many members would be unable to attend.

Proposal: Change team reps at meeting 8 November

Team reps haven’t changed since October 2018; we’ll plan to vote in reps at meeting on 8 November. @audrasjb will make a post to announce this. Existing reps are still eligible to run; there are no term limits.

Open Floor

@afercia would like to remove Segoe 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. from the system fonts stack per #48423. Reasoning: Segoe UI has significantly different leading boundaries from other fonts, creating layout issues in vertically centered contexts like input fields.