Accessibility Team Meeting Notes: October 16, 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.

Discussions of ticket #50699: Fix and improve arranging metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. boxes

We discussed Trac ticket #50699 that looks to limit the reordering of meta boxes to only when the Screen options panel is opened.

We raised a concern that removing the up/down buttons from meta boxes will likely affect users of assistive technologies, and will make it harder for someone using a keyboard to interact with this feature.

We agreed to test the patch and leave our feedback in the ticket.

Feedback con Twenty Twenty-One accessibility issues

We reviewed a couple of accessibility-related issues on the development repo of Twenty Twenty-One, the new default WordPress theme.

Consider removing the underline on the post titles to improve readability

This issue is suggesting to remove the underline on some links, particularly in post titles. Underlines can have a negative effect on the readability of text for users with dyslexia.

In light that the team behind the new default theme wants it to be as accessible as possible, we acknowledged that there is no one size fits all, and for now keeping the underlines seems to be the most widely accessible solution.

Our feedback was added to the issue.

Consider using the default focus outline style set by the browsers

Related to the previous discussion point, this issue is also related to link styles, in particular the style used for the focus state of links.

The issue suggest to remove the border style and use browser defaults instead. While we had added some alternative proposals to the issue, it seems that the default outline style is the best solution for now.