Accessibility Team meeting notes for 29 November 2019

These are the weekly notes for 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). ( team meeting that happens on Fridays. You can read the full transcript on our Slack channel and find the meeting’s agenda here.

Notice to discourage use of IE11

The team discussed this Trac ticket that proposes to encourage users, through a message or notification, to upgrade from IE11.

The team agreed that having a permanently dismissible notice is a good idea but we should however be mindful of folks who can’t upgrade due to work requirements or version of 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. being used. Ending support for IE11 should be a separate issue.

Remove aria-label from links

We also discussed this GitHub PR that is attempting to fix a problem when creating a link in the 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 and is set to open on a new tab.

Currently, the link gets an aria-label with the link’s label and a string appended that indicates that the link will open in a new browser tab. The issue is that the appended string is not being set to the document’s language, but to the language wp-admin is set to.

The team agreed that removing the currently broken functionality to add the aria-label is good first step, but would like to see a solution implemented as well.

We think that making the string visible would be ideal, since all users would benefit from this piece of information. It should also be set to the document’s language, because this string will be used in a public context.

Advancing the block interface

This recent 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. GitHub issue that explores refinements to the block toolbar was shared with the team for awareness. It’s a long read, so we’ll revisit the item next week once everyone has had time to digest it.

Global WordPress Accessibility Day

We revisited the idea of having a global WordPress accessibility day. This had been discussed earlier in the year and a spreadsheet for those interested in participating was created.

Since this was discussed a while ago, we ask those who had already signed up to confirm their participation, or remove themselves from the spreadsheet if they won’t be participating anymore.

Anyone who’s not on the list and wants to participate is welcome to add their details.

The organizing team will be coordinating to set up a planning meeting. Folks are also welcome to join the #accessibility-events channel in the Making WordPress SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at (requires registration).