WordCamp Europe 2024 Contributor Day Summary

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). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) Team had a great turnout for 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 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/. at 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, including 14 people who were new to the accessibility team. Thank you to everyone who participated!

@joedolson and @alh0319 led two tables, focusing on accessibility testing themes that had requested the Accessibility Ready tag and addressing open accessibility tickets in coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. and 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. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/.

During the day, contributors accomplished the following…

Accessibility-Ready Theme Review

Several contributors reviewed all four themes that had requested the accessibility-ready tag. They provided feedback to theme developers about elements that need to be fixed before the themes can be approved for the tag.

@rianrietveld started reviewing the current accessibility-ready requirements and is putting together a doc with suggested updates and possible new items to include. The current accessibility-ready requirements are many years old and outdated. This doc is a work in progress, but the idea is to update the accessibility-ready tag requirements so themes with it will provide a better starting point to align with current best practices and accessibility standards.

@alh0319 is building a tool to walk contributors and developers through testing themes for the accessibility-ready tag. The idea for this tool is to make it easier for anyone to determine if a theme meets the accessibility-ready requirements and to generate reports that can be easily posted in TracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub.https://core.trac.wordpress.org/. when the tag is requested.

We’ve also opened an issue to update the accessibility theme unit test data to better support accessibility testing of blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience.-based and full site editing themes.

Core Tickets Worked On

Contributors worked on testing issues that have been reported and reviewing patches for tickets. The following tickets were worked on:

Committed: #40331

Thank You to Contributors

Thank you to all the contributors who helped in-person in Italy and virtually via SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/.! Here are some of the people who contributed:

Please leave a comment if we missed you, and I will add you to the list of contributors.