Accessibility Team meeting notes for 10 January 2020

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.

Update on the next WordPress Accessibility Day planning meeting

The next WPAD meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 16:00 UTC on the #accesibilty-events channel in the Make WordPress Slack (account required). Read this post for a summary of the kickoff meeting that took place on Tuesday, December 17th 2019.

WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Asia 2020 accessibility contributor table

At least one member of the accessibility team is planning on attending WordCamp Asia 2020 next month, this means we’ll be able to host an accessibility contributor table.

Action plan for the 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. focus research work

We need feedback on the observations gathered from the research and testing the accessibility team did on the various focus handling flows in Gutenberg blocks.

The team wants to validate these observations before moving on to creating issues on the Gutenberg repository on GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that 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.

Focuses for 5.4 and 5.5

The team agreed to have additional bug scrubs to address tickets and issues for the 5.4 release. More information on when these bug scrubs will happen will be shared as soon as possible.

For 5.5, the team would like to work on a bigger project, such as the idea of developing accessible color schemes for wp-admin.

Open Floor

Help is needed providing more information and media references on Joseph Karr O’Connor Wikipedia page. Joseph passed away last week. He was a former team representative and an outstanding member of the web accessibility community.