Accessibility Team Meeting Notes: November 27, 2020

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). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) Team meeting that happens on Fridays. You can read the full transcript on our Slack channel and find the meeting’s agenda here.

Badge assigning to team members and contributors

Badges are usually assigned twice a year and one of those days is today (Friday November 27, 2020.) One of these badges is Accessibility Contributor and the other is Accessibility Team. Accessibility Contributor is for those that contribute a few hours or attend the meetings while Accessibility Team is for the ones that put in a lot of time by commenting on tickets, testing/making patches, and attending meetings. @joedolson will be handling the badge assigning.

Working groups’ referents nomination

This agenda item was skipped until a future week due to the absence of people from the holidays.

Discussion about dedicating a bug-scrub to labelling good-first-bug tickets and issues

@sabernhardt has offered to step up and lead a special bug scrub. The first one will be held Tuesday December 2, 2020 at 16:00 UTC. A big thank you to @sabernhardt who has offered to lead! The main focus would be on Accessibility tagged tickets for Future Release.

Open Floor

Some discussion around sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme. accessibility was brought up: review here

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Accessibility Team Meeting Agenda: November 27, 2020

This is the proposed agenda for the weekly 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 meeting on Friday, November 27, 2020 at 16:00 UTC.

  • Badge assigning to team members and contributors
  • Working groups’ referents nomination
  • Discussion about dedicating a bug-scrub to labelling good-first-bug tickets and issues.
  • Open floor

If you want to have a topic added to the agenda, please mention it in the comments of this post.

The Accessibility Team bug scrub will be held on Friday, November 27, 2020, at 15:00 UTC.

This meeting is held in the #accessibility channel in the Making WordPress 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/. (requires registration).

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Accessibility Team Meeting Agenda: November 20, 2020

This is the proposed agenda for the weekly 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 meeting on Friday, November 20, 2020 at 16:00 UTC.

  • Results of the Team RepTeam Rep A Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts. nomination
  • Final discussion about internal organization of the team in specialty interest groups
  • Early preparation for WordPress 5.7 release (extra bug scrubs, call for team goals, …)
  • Open floor

If you want to have a topic added to the agenda, please mention it in the comments of this post.

The Accessibility Team bug scrub will be held on Friday, November 20, 2020, at 15:00 UTC.

This meeting is held in the #accessibility channel in the Making WordPress 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/. (requires registration).

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Accessibility Team Meeting Notes: November 13, 2020

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). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) Team meeting that happens on Fridays. You can read the full transcript on our Slack channel and find the meeting’s agenda here.

Team RepTeam Rep A Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts. nominations

The team accepted nominations for a new Team Rep and we’re happy to share that both @alexstine and @sarahricker have been nominated for the role.

Given that more than one person was nominated, we are going to open a voting round so folks can vote for the person they’d like to see as our new Team Rep.

Please follow this link to vote https://forms.gle/Bwv1PqGqhVQ9VuE28. The survey will be open until Friday, November 20, at 16:30 UTC.

Organization of team sub-groups

We discussed and decided to move forward with the idea of organizing our team around sub-groups. This will allow members of our small team to focus on specific areas of interest and expertise. The groups are:

  • Editor
  • Design
  • Media
  • Themes
  • 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.
  • Docs
  • General

Folks have already shown interest on the areas they’d like to participate in, so we’re going to give this new organization structure a try for the WP 5.7 release and we’ll adjust and adapt as necessary.

5.6 projects status

@sarahricker, our WP 5.6 Accessibility Release Coordinator, shared a status on the different projects the team is juggling during this release.

The Accessibility Statement pluginPlugin 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 WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party is currently being promoted in the About page. Help is needed reviewing the content of the generated statement. You can test and give feedback here.

@joedolson and @Hauwa Abashiya have been hard at work on the new pattern library to support WCAGWCAG WCAG is an acronym for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. These guidelines are helping make sure the internet is accessible to all people no matter how they would need to access the internet (screen-reader, keyboard only, etc) https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG21/. 2.1. Please refer to the #accessibility-docs 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/. channel for more info on how you can help.

The new Twenty Twenty-One theme is moving along and they need help testing the new dark mode.

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Accessibility Team Meeting Agenda: November 13, 2020

This is the proposed agenda for the weekly 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 meeting on Friday November 13 at 16:00 UTC.

  • Team RepTeam Rep A Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts. nominations
  • Organization of team sub-groups
  • 5.6 projects status and RC1 bug scrubs
  • Open floor

If you want to have a topic added to the agenda, please mention it in the comments of this post.

The Accessibility Team bug scrub will be held on Friday November 13 at 15:00 UTC.

This meeting is held in the #accessibility channel in the Making WordPress 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/. (requires registration).

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Call for Team Rep nominations

As discussed during our last team meeting, we are holding a call for Team RepTeam Rep A Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts. nominations this week.

If you are interested in the role or know someone who would be great for the role, you now have the opportunity to nominate yourselves or others for the role.

Please feel free to reach out to @ryokuhi or me (@nrqsnchz) on 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/. if you have any questions about the role or the process. You can also find more info and details about the role here.

If you cannot attend our team meeting this Friday, please feel free to add your nomination to the comments of this post.

Accessibility Team Meeting Agenda: November 6, 2020

This is the proposed agenda for the weekly 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 meeting on Friday, November 6, 2020 at 16:00 UTC.

  • Call for Team RepTeam Rep A Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts. nomination
  • Organization into specialty interest groups to improve the workflow of the team
  • Open floor

If you want to have a topic added to the agenda, please mention it in the comments of this post.

The Accessibility Team bug scrub will be held on Friday, November 5, 2020, at 15:00 UTC.

This meeting is held in the #accessibility channel in the Making WordPress 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/. (requires registration).

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Accessibility Team Meeting Notes: October 30, 2020

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). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) Team meeting that happens on Fridays. You can read the full transcript on our Slack channel and find the meeting’s agenda here.

Team meeting time change

Starting Friday, November 6 2020, our team meeting and bug scrubs times will shift one hour to accommodate the recent end of daylight savings time across the world.

The team meeting will now be held at 16:00 UTC, and the bug scrub at 15:00 UTC. Please refer to the WordPress Meetings Calendar for more info.

Upcoming Team RepTeam Rep A Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts. call for nominations

As my term as Team rep comes to an end, we’ll be holding a call for new Team rep nominations during our next meeting. Depending on the number of nominations, we’ll define if we will be holding a voting round after the meeting.

If you are interested in the role or know someone who would be a great fit, next week you’ll have the opportunity to nominate yourselves or others for the role.

Please feel free to reach out to @ryokuhi or me (@nrqsnchz) on 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/. if you have any questions about the role or the process.

Improvements to team workflows

The team held a discussion on our process around discussing issues and tickets in our team channel and during our team meetings.

The topic of working asynchronously came up, as we don’t always have the time to cover everything during our meetings, and tangentially not everyone is able to attend our weekly meetings for various reasons.

We also talked about creating sub-groups on our team that can focus on specific areas of interest and expertise. We are very mindful of the limited resources our team has, and we think being smart about how we each spend our time is something we need to improve.

We agreed to pick up this conversation during our next meeting and start organizing the team around this idea.

#meeting-notes

Accessibility Team Meeting Agenda: October 30, 2020

This is the proposed agenda for the weekly 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 meeting on Friday October 30, at 15:00 UTC.

  • Team meeting time change
  • Upcoming Team Rep call for nominations
  • Improvements to team workflows
  • Open floor

If you want to have a topic added to the agenda, please mention it in the comments of this post.

The Accessibility Team bug scrub will be held on Friday October 30, at 14:00 UTC.

This meeting is held in the #accessibility channel in the Making WordPress 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/. (requires registration).

#agenda

Accessibility Team Meeting Agenda: October 23, 2020

This is the proposed agenda for the weekly 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 meeting on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 15:00 UTC.

  • Planning for the upcoming Daylight Saving Time (DST) change in some countries and regions
  • Review of the team activity until WordPress 5.6 BetaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. 1 release and pinpointing of the team’s results for the release
  • Progress report on WordPress 5.6 Accessibility Team’s goals
  • Open floor

If you want to have a topic added to the agenda, please mention it in the comments of this post.

The Accessibility Team bug scrub will be held on Friday, October 23, 2020, at 14:00 UTC.

This meeting is held in the #accessibility channel in the Making WordPress 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/. (requires registration).

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