Accessibility Team Meeting Notes: April 9, 2021

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.

Quarterly community updates

Every three months, all Make WordPress teams are asked to update the community at large about what they are doing, so that everyone is aware of what’s going on. All updates are collected in a post published in a specific section of the WordPress website.

Previously, discussion about what to write in the post was left to the team reps, but @alexstine and @ryokuhi agreed that bringing it in the wild would be good for the team.

During the meeting, the team discussed about the challenges and big wins for the team in the preceding three months. @ryokuhi offered to integrate the points brought up during the meeting with the team goals for the next release and to write the report. Updates for the first quarter are now available on the Make website.

Updates from working groups

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.

@annezazu and @poena shared a few updates regarding Gutenberg and Full Site Editing

Full Site Editing updates

Gutenberg highlights


@Jill Mugge has been working on accessible patterns and antipatterns.


@joedolson reported that everybody on the media team has been very busy in the last month, and nobody has done work on any open tickets yet.


@sarahricker had been away for a few weeks and no one else was able to report.

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.

@joedolson reported that there were no updates regarding meta.


@poena left a note after the meeting.

  • There was no progress regarding the workshop for reviewing accessibility-ready themes
  • There was no progress regarding adding more end user information about what accessibility-ready means
  • The list of approved themes waiting for accessibility-ready review is empty, but the Michelle live theme is waiting for it


Bug-scrubs are still focused on clearing the Awaiting Review queue as much as possible. As soon as the 5.8 release date is confirmed, focus will move to tickets in the 5.8 milestone (currently, there are 15 of them).

Open floor

@paaljoachim asked for general and accessibility feedback about two Learn WordPress tutorials he wrote. This lead to opening an issue to fix the contrast problem in the Code Block CSS in the Learn WordPress repository.