Themes Team Meeting Notes – March 8, 2022

Hello everyone. The meeting notes from the themes review team discussion on March 8, 2022. The themes team meets second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 15:00 UTC.

This week’s meeting agendas can be found here. Thank you @kafleg for preparing the agenda. The meeting was facilitated by @kafleg. The note was taken by @Benachi. You can read the full transcript on our #themereview channel. 

1. Weekly updates

The themes team published weekly updates about tickets and HelpScout emails. 

Here is the theme statistic for the past 7 days. The most current stats can be found here.

  • 441 tickets were opened
  • 447 tickets were closed:
    • 435 tickets were made live.
      • 22 new Themes were made live.
      • 413 Theme updates were made live.
      • 0 more were approved but are waiting to be made live.
    • 12 tickets were not-approved.
    • 0 tickets were closed-newer-version-uploaded.

Number of reviewers: 2

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. Themes: 
0 block themes are live in the past 7 days.  

2. Updates

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). ( guidelines update:
Headings requirement has been revised for accessibility-ready themes. The following requirements are now acceptable. 

  • Multiple <h1>
  • Skip hierarchical levels

Please note the above practices are acceptable but still highly discouraged. Learn more about the headings requirement.  Big thanks to @joedolson.

Accessibility for block themes:
Currently, there are no block themes that meet the accessibility requirements. This ticket discusses how block themes can be more accessible by identifying current accessibility problems in blocks and improving the accessibility testing process.  Learn more detail here

Defining guidelines for the child themeChild theme A Child Theme is a customized theme based upon a Parent Theme. It’s considered best practice to create a child theme if you want to modify the CSS of your theme.
@thinkupthemes suggested defining guidelines for the child themes. View full conversation here

3. Open Floor

No questions or comments related to the theme review were brought during the open floor. But @kafleg asked the attendees about their plan to attend 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. Europe 2022. Some of the attendees are planning to attend. We’ll come up with the details about Contributors Day soon.

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