Accessibility Team Meeting Notes: October 15, 2021

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.

Updates from Working Groups

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General

Going through TRACTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub.https://core.trac.wordpress.org/. tickets milestoned for 5.9 in the New Features and Enhancements categories. Will finish this off soon, probably by next week.

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/

Although there were no updates shared from the Gutenberg group today, this post on accessibility improvements in Gutenberg might be worth highlighting for anyone who hasn’t read it yet. This GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can 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/ Pull Request could also use screen reader testing. List View: experiment with only rendering a fixed number of items

Media

@joedolson reported about progress redesigning the image editor and requests feedback on these tickets. View the comment here

Themes

While there were no updates from the Themes group today, it is likely time to start allocating some focus to the new Twenty Twenty-Two theme. This Twenty Twenty-Two GitHub Issue is currently tracking accessibility.

Open floor

Just a reminder to vote on which time zone will work best for you. This is the new time zone which will be used for Bug Scrubs and Meetings. Vote here The poll will remain open until Friday, October 29, 2021 16:30 UTC.

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Accessibility Team Meeting Notes: October 8, 2021

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.

Discussion around meeting time as Daylight Saving Time will be changing soon

Most of the contributors in today’s meeting agreed the time could remain the same, but a poll was created to ensure all voices are heard. Take the poll here.

Updates for the working groups

Given the limited time, only @azhiyadev from the Documentation group asked a question about which themes should be referenced in the team’s handbook (in general, the current default theme at the time of writing). She also reported about an audit tool under development by the Training and Docs Teams to capture the version number of WordPress referenced in documentation.

Open floor

@azhiyadev asked what is needed to improve the accessibility of animated gifs and videos without audio. A few suggestions were given, here is a short summary.

  • For videos without audio, captions make no sense, as they are only the transcription of the spoken text of the video. Nevertheless, descriptive transcripts can be useful: they include a text description of the visual information needed to understand the content and are essential if the video is not purely decorative and if part of the content is not available in text form. This is also required by Success Criterion 1.2.1 of WCAG 2.1.
  • Don’t use autoplay on videos.
  • Allow users to pause a gif; an example on how to do this is available in an article on CSS-Tricks.
  • Maybe, show a static image instead of the gif if the user has activated the prefers-reduced-motion preference.
  • Make sure there are no flashing lights.

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Accessibility Team Meeting Notes: September 24, 2021

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.

Updates from Working Groups

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Design

@shawnandrews, who has been attending Accessibility Team’s weekly meetings in the past few months, has been nominated Design 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..

General

During the bug-scrub before the meeting, the Team finished to go through all tickets in the Awaiting Review queue which hadn’t been addressed before: a few of them still need decisions, but at least all of them were reviewed.

The 5.9 release schedule has been published a few weeks ago. Following are the dates of greatest interest for the Team.

  • October 12th: Go / No-go meeting about Full Site Editing scope for 5.9
  • November 9th: Feature freeze (only bug-fixing from this point on)
  • November 16th: 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 (only bug-fixing for bugs introduced during the 5.9 release cycle)

At the time of the meeting, there were 14 enhancements and 20 bugs milestoned for 5.9: the team will start to focus on them beginning with the next bug-scrub.

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/

Following discussion on ticket #54075 about disabling the preview of legacy widgets in 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, @critterverse created a GitHub issue to allow for turning on and off the preview via the Preferences section of the Option menu. As always, all feedback is highly appreciated.

Also, notifications are now shown in the Accessibility 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 again when a new Gutenberg version is released and when the Needs Accessibility Feedback label is added to an issue or to a pull request.

Media

@joedolson reported that the Media Team has been also continuing to work through awaiting review items and shortlisted a few of them that will be possibily addressed in 5.9.

A few tickets are about very old issues, which may not be relevant anymore (a possible example is #23562, opened in 2013 and in need of testing from people using voice control tools). The first step is to re-test these tickets: a list will be added as a comment to these meeting notes.

Themes

During bug-scrub, the Team reviewed a couple of tickets about the Twenty Twenty-One theme: feedback on one of them was asked to one of the original developers.

Open floor

Given the concurrent 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. US happening on Friday, October 1st, the bug-scrub and the meeting are cancelled.

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Accessibility Team Meeting Notes: September 17, 2021

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.

Improvements to 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. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ contrast checker

Following a suggestion made in a comment to the meeting agenda, the team discussed possible improvements to 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 notification shown when the contrast between a text and its background is too low. The full discussion can be found in the 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, following are the main takeaways.

  • Marking the combination with low contrast as an explicit accessibility concern will help people understand the reason why they should take action.
  • On the other side, it’s also possible that content creators not interested in meeting the needs of people with disabilities would just ignore the issue altogether, instead of considering it.
  • Adding a link to a trusted resource might be a nice way to educate users about color contrast. This is already in place in other parts of the WordPress interface: in the media library, for example, there’s a link to the Alt decision tree right below the Alternative text input field.

The Team agreed to continue discussion about the topic by opening a related issue in the Gutenberg repository.

Updates from the working groups

Given the lack of time, the point is postponed to next weekly meeting.

Open floor

Nothing for open floor this week.

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Accessibility Team Meeting Notes: September 10, 2021

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.

Updates from working groups

Only working groups that provided updates are shown below.

General

There’s been quite a few tickets that popped in to the Awaiting Review queue. Only made it through some of them today, will continue in next week’s bug scrub.

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/

  • A new FSE outreach request that’s less of a “call for testing” and more about collecting information and identifying issues with theme switching.
  • There’s some work being done in this PR about a potential method of simplifying controls in 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. inspector panel, it could use some feedback and testing. ToolsPanel: Refine component behaviour

Open floor

Nothing for Open floor this week.

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Accessibility Team Meeting Notes: September 3, 2021

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.

Updates from working groups

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Documentation

The Test team wanted to know if there were any documented processes by the Accessibility team on how to properly test for accessibility issues/regressions. The idea here is to document the most common environments/setups used for testing by the Accessibility team. This way everyone will know how to check for accessibility issues. If anyone would like to assist in refining our documentation, please speak with @azhiyadev.

General

There hasn’t been much going on in General with preparations for WordPress 5.8.1. One ticket that did get fixed for this release is #53641: Can not configure image widget (and others) in widget accessability mode.

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/

Media

A change is coming in WordPress 5.8.1 which will adjust the number of media items that load after Load More button is selected. Other than that, just a few small odds and ends.

Themes

There is only one new theme awaiting review for the Accessibility Ready tag.

Open floor

Nothing for Open floor this week.

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Accessibility Team Meeting Notes: August 20, 2021

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.

Updates from working groups

Only working groups that provided updates are shown below.

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/

  • Issue on a lighter navigation block experience. Flagging this because it’s meant to explore a better user experience for the basic menus.
  • PR on Adding a Dropdown block for use in Navigation. This felt like a good PR to review for the team since it’s a fairly big change to the Navigation 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. itself.
  • The latest call for testing for the FSE Outreach Program on Handling a Higher Education Header. It would be lovely to get more accessibility feedback on this experience and test!

Open floor

The Accessibility team bug scrub and meeting will not happen next week. Enjoy the week off and we’ll return on September 3.

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Accessibility Team Meeting Notes: August 13, 2021

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.

Updates from working groups

Only working groups that provided updates are shown below.

General

Almost all tickets in the Awaiting Review queue are cleared. Also, the WP Notify project has offered to help us make the current WordPress notification system accessible, a big thank you to them.

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/

The latest call for Full Site Editing testing is out.

Open floor

@ryokuhi will not be available for the next two weeks of bug scrubs. If you wish to fill in, let @ryokuhi or @alexstine know.

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Accessibility Team Meeting Notes: August 6, 2021

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.

Discuss ticket Network admin can’t be accessed via keyboard.

This ticket has been moved to 5.9 milestone.

Discuss ticket Proposal: Simplify WordPress Admin Navigation.

As this is a huge project, the team agreed to see if anybody in the Design team wants to own the ticket.

Open floor

The issue about removing the screen-reader-text:focus class from Gutenberg and the related pull request could use some feedback.

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Accessibility Team Meeting Notes: July 30, 2021

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.

Accessibility team’s quarterly updates

Every three months, all WordPress teams shares some updates about what they are working on. The call for updates was published a few weeks ago and missed by the team reps, but the related questions were discussed during the meeting anyway.

  • What did the team contribute most to last quarter?
  • What does the team want to contribute most to this quarter?
  • What are the biggest things standing in your way?
  • What are the things the team is the most proud of right now?

A summary of the discussion with the answers to the above questions will be posted in the #team-reps channel as soon as possible.

Updates from the working groups

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Design

Ticket #47012 (discussed during the team’s last-but-one bug-scrub) was mentioned during a triage in the #design channel on Slack.

General

The working group is still reviewing tickets in the Awaiting Review queue: their hope is to be able to clear it in a couple months. Then, together with targeting tickets in the 5.9 milestone, they’ll start to work on the 153 tickets currently milestoned for a Future Release.

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/

@critterverse shared a post about new features and next steps for Full Site Editing, with valuables insights on what the Editor Team has been working on and will work on in the near future.

Media

The media working group is planning work for the next WordPress releases (5.8.1 and 5.9) and will continue to identify targets in the next weeks. At the moment, ticket #53827 is milestoned for 5.8.1 and five tickets have been milestoned for 5.9. Also, during the 5.9 release cicle, the Media Team plans on iterating towards pagination in the media library (no ticket has been created yet).

Open floor

@ryokuhi won’t be able to attend the bug-scrubs and the meetings planned for August 20th and August 27th: people available to facilitate them are invited to volunteer.

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