Accessibility Team meeting notes – May 15, 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.

Sort any remaining tasks for WCEU Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus.

The team tackled the remaining tasks due for WCEU 2020 Contributor Day. We set May 28, 15:00 UTC, as the time to hold office hours in our SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at channel. @ryokuhi, @audrasjb, and @nrqsnchz volunteered to help.

Review of 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

The team reviewed and discussed two Gutenberg issues from an accessibility perspective.

The first issue was Improve “Visibility” and “Publish” labels in Post Settings, where a better, more accessible way for displaying these statuses is being explored.

We agreed that the last suggestion should be evaluated and followed up.

The second issue reviewed was Edit mode: arrow up/down should not move to other blocks. This is a PR that aims to change keyboard navigation on edit mode in order to avoid an unexpected switch between blocks that particularly affects users 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.

We couldn’t cover a full discussion and analysis so we agreed to revisit this topic at the next meeting.