Accessibility Team meeting notes – March 13, 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.

Discussion of changing date for WP Accessibility Day

The team discussed the possibility of changing the date for the WordPress Accessibility Day event, currently planned for Saturday, September 26. It was recently brought up that a Saturday might impact some members’ participation due to religious observance.

Considering that the other option would be to move the event to a weekday, it is unclear to us if this will also have an impact on folks who wouldn’t be able to attend due to work-related activities.

We agreed to follow up with the Community team and ask for advice.

Accessibility feedback on the new <LinkControl> component

The team was asked to help with testing and feedback on the new LinkControl component.

Accessibility feedback on a proposal to include date as context for link search results

The team reviewed this proposal to include date as context for link search results. While we don’t see adding the date as an accessibility concern, we found a couple of issues with the current 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.. Our feedback was added to the issue.

Accessibility feedback on proposed improvements to the color picker.

The team discussed these proposed semantic improvements to the color picker. We don’t have a strong preference and think that using radio buttons could work with some caveats. We left feedback on the issue.