What does the Accessibility 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). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) Team do in WordPress?
We support the needs of people with disabilities across the entire project. This can range from training and teaching, consulting on specific development projects, testing features, and contributing code to core Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.. With such a broad scope of needs, the accessibility team is always in need of more people to participate.
There’s no need to know code or accessibility to contribute to the accessibility team! An important part of what we do is help developers better understand how they can create more accessible code; so if you’re an experienced developer who wants to know more about accessibility, come chat with us!
If you don’t know code, but want to contribute, we’ve got ways for you to help as well – documentation and testing are always ongoing needs for our team.
What should I do to prepare to contribute?
The WordPress core team has already posted a lot of information on preparing for contributor day, and a lot of that is equally relevant for you. If you’re not a developer and don’t intend to test new code, you may not need to go through the whole process of setting up a local development environment. However, testing upcoming changes in WordPress does require a development environment where you can apply patches and pull requests for WordPress and for Gutenberg 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. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/.
However, testing isn’t just about new features. The WordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ site itself needs ongoing review and testing, and the code that already exists in WordPress can always be improved.
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Both Joe Dolson (@joedolson) and Stefan Minoia (@ryokuhi) will be present to coordinate accessibility contributors at WordCamp EU’s contributor 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 https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/., and we’re looking forward to chatting with you about anything to do with WordPress and Accessibility! We can set you up with a task, answer questions, or start to teach you accessibility testing processes.
See you soon!