Plans for the Hackathon with Deque at the WCUS Contributor day

Deque Systems will join WordPress core developers to set up automated accessibility testing for WordPress, at the contributor day of WordCamp US in Nashville, December 9th.

Today we had a chat on what we will do then and how to set up the Hackathon with:

  • @johnbillion @joemcgill and @rianrietveld from WordPress
  • Caitlin Cashin, Dylan Barrell and Stephen Mathieson from Deque. Dylan and Stephen, both lead developers at Deque, will be at the Hackathon.

We discussed what the most useful will be to work on and decided that targeting accessibility test for themes (specific Twenty Nineteen)  might be a good starting point. Then theme and plugin developers can use this setup/framework to write tests of their own.

We can start creating a framework and write some accessibility test for Twenty Nineteen and generate a list of tests to write. If there is time (and help from the Gutenberg team) set up a framework for Gutenberg and core.


  • Ask for a dedicated Slack channel for preparations and discussions  – Rian will ask @pento
  • Ask WordCamp US for a post on their website about the Hackathon – Rian
  • Create a local development setup – Joe/John/Deque
  • Get the testing framework setup – Deque
  • Create a few sample tests – TBD
  • Generate a list of tests – TBD

We can use help from core and Gutenberg developers, so ping us or comment below if you want to join.


Hackathon automated accessibility testing with Deque on the WCUS contributor day

At WordCamp US in Nashville, Deque Systems will join the accessibility team for a hackathon to set up automated accessibility testing for WordPress core, on Sunday, December 9th.

The goal is to include accessibility checks for core, together with the current tests, like Unit and e2e tests and the checks for PHP coding standards we have now.

Deque develops tools like aXe core that can be used for automated testing and they will be sending one or two of their lead developers to work on this with the WordPress core developers.

From the WordPress side we would like to invite core developers to join in and help find solutions to set this up.

Do you know your way around the automated testing system of WordPress core, do you attend the contributor day and do you have time to help?
Please contact the accessibility team in WordPress Slack in the #accessibility channel.