Getting Started at a Contributor Day or Drive

This guide is intended to help you get started at a 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. If you need any help, talk to the contributor day organizer, or ask your question in 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). ( channel on Slack.

Contributor Day Activities

At a contributor day or drive we have two tasks:

  1. Improve the accessibility of WordPress coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress., the bundled themes and 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.
  2. Teach designers, developers and content writers about web accessibility

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Learn about accessibility

The team leads can give several workshops / presentations on request. These presentations are online and free for anyone to give:

In the handbook you can find best practices and resources about accessibility.

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Improve WordPress

How can you help improve WordPress?

  • Developers and designers who know how to contribute to core and want to take up, test, or discuss issues
  • Designers who want to help in discussions about making things beautiful and also accessible
  • Accessibility testers to help find new issues, test fixes, and discuss solutions

You can work at the accessibility table or at the core, themes or design tables. Accessibility touches many aspects of the project. All designers, developers and testers are welcome to pick up the task that fits them.

In the WordPress Slack channel #accessibility you can ask for work with priority or for help with choosing a task. The time needed for a task depends on the complexity of the issue. But testing a patch or fix, confirming a bug, or adding ideas is also useful and usually quicker.

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Work on accessibility tickets for WordPress core

If you know how to contribute to WordPress core, as a developer or designer, please join us and fix a ticket or test a patch!

An overview of all accessibility tickets is gathered on the page Accessibility related tickets in WordPress trac. You can also ask the team lead for tickets that have priority and check the good first bug report or ask in the #accessibility channel in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at

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Work on the Block Editor

The 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. Editor has been the primary editing environment for WordPress since version 5.0. Development on the editor is ongoing. Development on the block editor is done in GitHubGitHub 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. through 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. A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party. This plugin is where new features are experimented on and fixes are implemented before being merged back to WordPress core.

Issues you can work on as a developer or designer are in the Gutenberg GitHub repo labeled with “Accessibility”.

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Test the Block Editor

If you know your way around assistive technologyAssistive technology Assistive technology is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and also includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using them. Assistive technology promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to, or changing methods of interacting with, the technology needed to accomplish such tasks. like screen readers, or can navigate sites using only your keyboard, your experience with the block editor is appreciated! The Gutenberg plugin is released on a biweekly schedule, so it’s usually pretty close to the latest state of development. However, if you want to run tests on code that is not yet merged, you’ll probably need to be able to work in a local development environment.

Please read the page Gutenberg Accessibility Testing on how to test the plugin.

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Work on (meta)

Accessibility issues of the website are listed in the meta trac. is enormous, and there are always items that haven’t been tested yet. If you’re an accessibility tester, please take a look at the site and it’s functionality and report any issues you find.

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