Accessibility Team meeting notes – May 8, 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.

Announcing the first WordPress Accessibility Day!

The first ever WordPress Accessibility Day was just announced this week:

Starting at 18:00 UTC on October 2nd, 2020, the WordPress Accessibility Team will sponsor a 24-hour online event focused on WordPress and Accessibility. If you want to learn about the future of accessibility in WordPress, join us for 24 hours of mind-expanding online learning!

Speaker submissions will be opening soon, so keep an eye on wpaccessibilityday.org.

A big round of applause to all the folks who’ve been working hard on planning and putting together this event. Please spread the word!

Review 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/ PR

The team reviewed and discussed this Gutenberg PR that implements the roving tabindex pattern on 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. toolbar.

We agreed that this is a welcoming change but expressed concerns on how a change like this could be communicated to end-users.

Open floor

@afercia shared the work he’s been doing on #50105. Feedback and help testing the patch is needed.

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Accessibility Team meeting notes – May 1, 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.

WCEU 2020 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/. tasks

In preparation for WCEU 2020 contributor day, the team continued discussing the tasks that need to be addressed before the event. Most of these tasks already have an owner and progress is being made.

5.5 work updates or requests for help/feedback

@ryelle, @joedolson and @nrqsnchz continued the discussion on the Accessible Color Schemes project. It was decided to start creating mockups for high and low contrast, and light and dark color schemes.

Open floor

@joedolson made the team aware of a request to present at WP Campus Online about the status of the Gutenberg accessibility audit performed last year.

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Accessibility Team meeting notes – April 24, 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.

Progress report on 5.5 work

The team has been making progress towards our planned work for the 5.5 releaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software.:

@afercia noted that some of the 5.5 TracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub.https://core.trac.wordpress.org/. tickets might need to be pushed to the Editor and Media teams and that we need to know who the release focus leads are for those teams so we can refer to them.

@ryelle created this Trac ticket to move forward the discussion around creating new color schemes. @ryelle, @joedolson, and @nrqsnchz agreed to continue the discussion after the meeting.

@audrasjb has a patch ready for the WP-Admin fly-out menu ticket and is working on a first draft for the Alternate List Tables work.

Anyone interested in getting involved on any of these projects is encouraged to reach out. Your help is needed.

WCEU2020 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/. team tasks

We continued discussing the tasks that need our attention for Contributor Day during WordCamp Europe 2020. We’ve set up a spreadsheet in order to keep track and review progress.

@ryokuhi, @joedolson, and @nrqsnchz have signed up to help facilitate during the day. We still need more folks to sign up in order to be able to more comfortably cover all the hours needed.

We also discussed how many working groups we expect to need and also be able to handle. We agreed that two working groups divided by level of experience contributing to WordPress would be a good plan.

Folks interested in helping on any of these tasks are welcome to chime in too!

Open floor

@ryokuhi reminded everyone that the WordPress Accessibility Day website will be going live next week.

Next WPAD planning meeting will be held on Wednesday, 29 April at 16:30 UTC.

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Accessibility Team meeting notes – April 17, 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.

Continue the discussion on the team’s planned work for 5.5

The team continued discussing our planned work and projects for the 5.5 releaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software.:

These are all well underway and work and/or discussion has begun. If you are interested in collaborating and contributing to any of these efforts please feel free to pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” the team in the comments of this post or in our Slack channel.

Start planning for WCEU 2020 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/.

It was recently announced that WordCamp Europe 2020 is moving online and they are now asking teams to prepare for Contributor Day.

Our team needs to plan ahead in order to make the most of this day. The activities that we need to prepare for are:

  • Update the ‘Getting Started at a Contributor Day’ 
  • Video introduction from an experienced contributor
  • Plan your team tasks for the day (good first tasks vs. tasks for experienced contributors)
  • Look for experienced contributors that will facilitate and help other contributors during the day
  • Plan intro session 
  • Make a rough estimate of how many working groups your team needs during the day
  • Schedule a special office hour in 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/. specifically targeted for new contributors (between 25 May and 3 June 2020)

We’ve created a spreadsheet to keep track of progress and status. If you’re interested in helping please reach out.

WP Accessibility Day update

Plans for WPAD are slowly moving along due to a shortage of volunteers and world events. The aim is to announce it next week.

The organizing team will create a list of microtasks, so more volunteers can get involved.

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22 at 16:30 UTC in the #accessibility-events channel in Slack.

Open floor

@afercia has a proof of concept patch for ticket #40330 that adds a “Load more” button below the attachments list in the Media Library. He’s asking for feedback on the button’s behavior once all attachments have been loaded.

Please feel free to review the ticket and add your comments.

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Accessibility Team meeting notes – April 10, 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.

Meeting times change to observe DST

The team agreed to move the meeting times one hour earlier to adjust to DST. @nrqsnchz will update the meeting dates in the various places where it is announced.

CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. auto-updates 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

The team behind the Core auto-updates plugin has made significant progress and is requesting feedback from the team. There is a call for testing with all the details and information needed.

Working plans for 5.5

As discussed in previous meetings, the team has formulated a list of projects we’d like to focus on for 5.5:

Call for volunteers

Folks who are interested in participating and helping on any of these projects are welcome to chime in in the comments of this post. We’ll continue to discuss progress and direction during our weekly team meetings.

5.4 retrospective and call for feedback

The team was reminded of the 5.4 retrospective and call for feedback and was invited to leave comments on that post.

+make.wordpress.orgWordPress.org 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. https://wordpress.org//core/

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Accessibility Team meeting notes – April 3, 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.

Help testing the WordPress Auto-updates Feature PluginFeature Plugin A plugin that was created with the intention of eventually being proposed for inclusion in WordPress Core. See Features as Plugins.

@audrasjb and @pbiron asked the team for help testing the Auto-updates Feature plugin. This is a 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 that aims to provide automatic updates for plugins and themes feature as an opt-in feature.

You can find more information about the plugin on the plugin’s page and report any issues you come across to the plugin’s GitHub repository.

Statement on the use of Crowdcast for WP community events

We discussed the Community team’s consideration to use the Crowdcast streaming platform for online events. Knowing how inaccessible Crowdcast is, the Accessibility team wants to help the Community team find better alternatives. @joedolson wrote this post with recommendations for alternative setups and suggestions to make online events more accessible.

Open Floor

Team meeting time change due to DST

@ryokuhi reminded the team that we haven’t made a decision about moving our meeting time to adjust to DST. This is a change we’ve done in the past, and that other teams have done as well.

The consensus from team members present was that it was OK to move the meeting time, but we’d like to give folks who could not attend the chance to have their say.

Please let us know in the comments of this post if you are in favor of or against moving the meeting time an hour earlier to adapt to DST.

We will be making a final decision during our meeting next week.

+make.wordpress.org/core/

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Accessibility Team meeting notes – March 20, 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.

Discussion and next steps on the team’s position about the new default full screen mode in the editor

Continuing the discussion from two weeks ago, the team agreed to formulate in writing our position opposing this change and the accessibility implications it will have.

@audrasjb volunteered to start a document to summarize our position.

Suggest follow-up tasks and improvements for the Table 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.

The team discussed and agreed to reopen this issue about missing important features in the Table block.

@joedolson volunteered to reopen and summarize what still needs to be done.

Discussion of the new permalink UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing.

We discussed this issue about improvements to the permalink UI in the block editor. We feel the new UI works pretty well now and we’d like to see the inaccessible one be removed.

@nrqsnchz will pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” the issue and request for the removal of the old UI.

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Accessibility Team meeting notes – March 6, 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.

Discussion on the accessibility implications of the recent change to the full-screen mode in the editor

The team discussed the recent change to the full-screen mode in the editor. There is a general concern about the usability and accessibility implications this new default setting will have. In particular, this change potentially violates 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/.’s success criteria of Consistent navigation and Consistent identification.

@audrasjb volunteered to summarize the team’s feedback and create an issue on 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/’s 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/ repository.

Planning for the upcoming start and end of daylight saving time (DST) in some countries and regions

The team agreed to not change our meeting times for the time being. We’ll revisit this topic and adjust if necessary once all countries and regions have changed DST observance.

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Accessibility Team meeting notes for February 21, 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.

Discussion on the Navigation MenuNavigation Menu A theme feature introduced with Version 3.0. WordPress includes an easy to use mechanism for giving various control options to get users to click from one place to another on a site. 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. testing

A few weeks ago, we started doing a11y testing on a new navigation menu block in Gutenberg. @nrqsnchz will be moving the results of these tests into 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/ issues in 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/ repository.

It’s important to note that the release of the navigation menu block was postponed.

Discussion of team involvement in Gutenberg development

We continued the discussion from last week regarding the team’s participation in the Gutenberg repository in GitHub.

There was a general consensus that being a small team, our time and bandwidth are limited. That being said, we’d still like to add a couple of items to our team process to try to mitigate this.

We agreed to start raising two Gutenberg issues that need accessibility feedback each week during our team meeting.

We’ll also look at adding a 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/. – GitHub integration to our team channel that posts issues that need accessibility feedback. We’ll give this integration a try and keep it if it’s working, or remove it if we find that it adds to much noise to our channel.

Another idea that was suggested was to add an additional Gutenberg-specific bug scrub session to our meeting schedule. This could be weekly, or perhaps every two weeks. Would you be interested in participating in these additional triage sessions? We ask members of the team to add their comments and suggestions in the comments of this post.

Improve the small user sub window at the right corner on the admin bar

We discussed this Trac ticket about usability issues of the ‘My account’ dropdown menu (also known as the ‘Howdy fly-out’) in wp-admin.

The team agreed that accidental triggers are common with this menu, and argued the importance and relevance of its contents.

@danihooven, @joedolson, and @afercia (a.k.a. ‘The Howdy Force Team’) agreed to continue researching this ticket and will be following up.

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Accessibility Team Meeting Agenda: February 21, 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, February 21, 2020, 16:00 UTC.

If you’d like to add an item for discussion, please add a comment and we’ll add it to the agenda.

The Accessibility bug scrub will be held on Friday, February 21, 2020, 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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