Accessibility Team Meeting Notes: April 21, 2023

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 here.

Updates from the working groups

Only groups that provided updates are shown below.

## Gutenberg Team Here’s a status update from @annezazu and the 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. team:

  • Mainly want to raise attention to the latest call for testing: combined with the latest update to the overall phase 2 issues:

### Media and Meta @joedolson provided the following updates on Media and 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. for discussion:

  • For media: the regression in media custom fields is fixed in coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. and just awaiting merging to 6.2.1; not much else has changed this week.
  • For meta: several changes made to alt text input, labeling, and public visibility for the photo library which should really improve that. For general: I’ve slated quite a few tickets from the distant past for 6.3 in the last couple weeks; if anybody wants to work on patches for those, or otherwise dive in, that would obviously be appreciated!

### Themes @poena generously provided the following update from the THEMES team: Themes: There is a proposal for reorginizing the theme developers handbook. There is a general request for feedback on the propsed outline. The feedback period for the outline ends on April 28, 2023. Kafleg, one of the team reps has also asked for help with some accessibility-ready theme reviews. Anyone interested can message him on slack or use the #themereview slackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at channel.

### Open floor

@joesimpsonjr asked if we’re all set as a team for WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Europe’s Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. @joedolson answered: We’re certainly set; we haven’t decided who is going to take responsibility for leading the table; I wanted to find out if any more people were likely to be there, first. It’s nice to be able to partner to run the table. I think that as long as Stefano and I are there, we’ll definitely have the table handled; that’s not a worry.

@joedolson made the following updates for consideration for the following teams/topics: As a general addition to the agenda, we should talk about WCEU and contributor day; I’ve written responses to the Make Team interview questions, which I’d appreciate feedback on.

@joedolson announced WP Accessibility Day save the date is out; it’ll be September 27th-28th.

@desrosj shared a crosspost on Cultivating More Effective Contributing on Contributor Days. Take a look when you have a moment…

@chaion07 shared this about WordPress 6.2 at

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