Accessibility Team Meeting Notes: July 30, 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.

Accessibility team’s quarterly updates

Every three months, all WordPress teams shares some updates about what they are working on. The call for updates was published a few weeks ago and missed by the team reps, but the related questions were discussed during the meeting anyway.

  • What did the team contribute most to last quarter?
  • What does the team want to contribute most to this quarter?
  • What are the biggest things standing in your way?
  • What are the things the team is the most proud of right now?

A summary of the discussion with the answers to the above questions will be posted in the #team-reps channel as soon as possible.

Updates from the working groups

Only groups that provided updates are shown below.


Ticket #47012 (discussed during the team’s last-but-one bug-scrub) was mentioned during a triage in the #design channel on Slack.


The working group is still reviewing tickets in the Awaiting Review queue: their hope is to be able to clear it in a couple months. Then, together with targeting tickets in the 5.9 milestone, they’ll start to work on the 153 tickets currently milestoned for a Future Release.

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.

@critterverse shared a post about new features and next steps for Full Site Editing, with valuables insights on what the Editor Team has been working on and will work on in the near future.


The media working group is planning work for the next WordPress releases (5.8.1 and 5.9) and will continue to identify targets in the next weeks. At the moment, ticket #53827 is milestoned for 5.8.1 and five tickets have been milestoned for 5.9. Also, during the 5.9 release cicle, the Media Team plans on iterating towards pagination in the media library (no ticket has been created yet).

Open floor

@ryokuhi won’t be able to attend the bug-scrubs and the meetings planned for August 20th and August 27th: people available to facilitate them are invited to volunteer.