Accessibility Team Meeting Notes: November 5, 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.

Updates from working groups

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Feature Freeze for WordPress 5.9 happens on Tuesday, November 9, 2021: enhancements and feature requests have to be committed before this deadline, but the team has been working a lot on them and there are only a few of them that might be punted.

There are 18 tickets marked as bugs and tasks currently milestoned for 5.9: 3 of them were reviewed during the bug-scrub before the meeting, the rest of them will be reviewed either asynchronously or during next bug-scurb, hopefully in time for BetaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. 1, which will happen on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.

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.

The GitHub issue about adding hover color options to the Button block probably won’t be included in WordPress 5.9.


The media team is working on various minor fixes and enhancements.


The Twenty Twenty-Two issue about hover, active and focus styles for buttons is worth reviewing, given that these styles will not be handled natively in Gutenberg, at least not in WordPress 5.9.

Open floor

Reminder: beginning with the next meeting, the weekly meeting will start at 17:00 UTC, with the bug scrub starting at 16:00 UTC.

Don’t forget to nominate yourself or someone else as Accessibility Team RepTeam Rep A Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts. by adding a comment to the Call for Team Reps post.

Given the large amount of spamming pingbacks that appeared below the Call for Team Reps post, the team is considering the possibility to disable pingbacks on the Make WordPress Accessible website.