Accessibility Team Meeting Notes: September 4, 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). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) Team meeting that happens on Fridays. You can read the full transcript on our Slack channel and find the meeting’s agenda here.

Organization of an extra meeting to discuss specific 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/ issues

The team discussed adding an additional one-off meeting to address specific Gutenberg features for the WP 5.6 release that require special attention.

Given that there was no consensus on a date and time for this meeting, we will be using our regular meeting time next week to discuss and address these issues.

During the discussion, it was also proposed for the Accessibility and Design teams to hold office hours once a week. As suggested by @sarahricker:

It is intended a place for general feedback re: Gutenissues and to get a few eyes on big issues so they can be brought to light quicker. And to help anyone who needs help with a11yAccessibility 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) concepts.

The team thought this to be a great idea and are looking forward to hear more and participate. Be on the lookout for more information coming soon from @sarahricker and @karmatosed.

Adding a screen reader announcement to the last 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. in a list

We finished discussing this Gutenberg issue that proposes to add a screen reader announcement to last block in the block list by @alexstine.

The team agreed this is a good idea and should be tried and tested in a PR.

Adding a sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme. for navigating template, posts, and pages inside the block editor

We discussed this Gutenberg issue that explores a new sidebar UI for navigating between templates, posts, and pages without leaving the editor.

A concern around having too many sidebars (and sidebars in general) and how this new one being explored looks different was raised, and an argument in favor of hierarchy and information architecture was also brought up.

The feedback will be added to the issue.

The image block’s editing tools break the toolbar keyboard accessibility

We also looked at this issue that reports that the image block editing tools are triggering a focus loss, thus affecting keyboard accessibility of the toolbar.

We discussed alternatives worth exploring and will leave feedback in the issue.

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