In an effort to improve 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) knowledge in the WordPress project, the accessibility team will hold Office Hours every Wednesday at 14:00 UTC, starting on September 20th.
The purpose of this initiative is to provide a dedicated space and time to discuss accessibility principles and best practices.
The first accessibility office hours will be Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 14:00 UTC in the #accessibility Slack channel.
It’s difficult to find opportunities to discuss general accessibility principles and best practices in depth. Accessibility team meetings mainly focus on issues that emerge during the release cycle and bug scrubs focus on specific Trac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub.https://core.trac.wordpress.org/. tickets or GitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ issues.
The accessibility office hours is not a space to discuss specific issues. Instead, it’s meant to be a learning opportunity for everyone. It’s a space where everyone can help everyone improve their accessibility knowledge.
Though this is a meeting focused on accessibility, everyone is welcome, so please drop in and say hello if you have time! Feel free to contribute discussion points and leave them in the comments on this post.
Office hours as a meta 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. project
In the accessibility team there’s not much prior experience about the best way to hold this kind of meeting. This is an opportunity to get participants involved in setting the best way to structure these sessions. All are welcome to join and propose ways we can organize topics to prioritize them in the most efficient way.
All participants contribution will also be key to discuss whether and how to collect the outcome of the meetings discussions in a series of documented, shared, best practices.
What if I can’t make it?
Wednesdays at 14:00 UTC may not fit with everyone’s spare time or time zone. Depending on the requests and number of participants, the accessibility team is open to running a second office hours session on a different day and at a later time. Please do feel free to let us know what would work for you in the comments.