Accessibility Team Chat Summary November 16, 2015

Documentation

Discussion of adding information about accessible content management to either the Codex or 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) Handbook. Decided to add it to Handbook. Keyboard shortcuts will go in the Codex with a link from the Handbook.

Tickets

#34681 Consider removing the “Disable the visual editor when writing” option.
Decided to gather user experience data. Four questions to ask:

      Do you know how to switch between the visual and HTMLHTML HTML is an acronym for Hyper Text Markup Language. It is a markup language that is used in the development of web pages and websites. editor in WordPress?
      If no, please try and figure out how, and tell us how that experience was for you.
      If yes, give us your thoughts about your experience using that feature.
      Do you use the option “Disable the visual editor when writing” in your profile?

#34625: wp-login.php site title link points to 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/.
Suggested fix: removing the title attribute, changing the text to ‘Powered by WordPress’, and leaving the filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Hooks. They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output. on that text.

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Team Chat Summary August 31, 2015

Headings

More work is being done on headings in admin. Jeffrey de Wit created some tickets some of which are already patched and committed. Follow the headings discussion in #accessibility 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/..

Handbook

Devised a strategy for building out the Make WordPress Accessible Handbook. Page leaders will help others build out the handbook.

Twenty Sixteen

Twenty Sixteen is on Github. Twenty Sixteen is also available in the theme directory. It’s not in trunk yet. According to David Kennedy ” I did a 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)-ready review before it went on 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/ and the directory to make sure nothing was way off accessibility-wise. It’s solid. Takashi knows the drill.” We will ask the testers to test it. David Kennedy did an #accessibility-ready audit of Twenty Sixteen.

Select2

We continued a discussion about Select2 as an alternative to the autocomplete/tagging input field types. There are two main accessibility issues: it doesn’t do a good job of providing feedback to screen readers and it requires the ‘enter’ key to begin typing for autocomplete, a non-standard interaction. The testers have tested Select2 and it is not very accessible. Rian Rietveld will collect all the data and report next week.

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

Several of us are submitting proposals for talks at WordCamp US and depending on funding assistance some of us will be attending. Today is the last day for submitting proposals.

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Team Chat Summary August 10, 2015

New Structure Proposed

Rian Rietveld wrote a proposal on how to structure our work better and plan ahead longer and we discussed it. What follows is examples from the proposal.

Goals and Issues

This will be a separate page on make/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) and also a main menu item. It gives an overview of our goals for the accessibility of WordPress, the work we (want to) do, how this is organized, how we test, a roadmap for the next year and how we track the progress of issues we are working on. An example of the roadmap for 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. 4.4:

Release 4.4 (December 2015, Scott Taylor)
  • Finish still open issues focus from 4.3
  • Semantic heading structure Admin
  • The customizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings.
  • Handbook
  • Twenty Sixteen (?)

Central Ideas

Some central ideas also included in the proposal are keyboard focus, work on the handbook, color contrast, system to better follow tickets including splitting up tickets among team members on which to concentrate, and continue to develop code pattern library. Much more is included in the proposal and for now we will continue to work on the proposal to make it a more formal document to cover our activities over the next year.

We also talked about the fact that having a planning document to refer to does not obviate the need to address all new features since there is a tight turn around towards the end of a cycle because that’s when the features going into the release are announced. If we don’t follow all new features we might miss one or more that advance to release at the very end.

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Accessibility Team Meeting July 6, 2015

H1 in the admin

For 4.3 there will be an H1 in the admin. #31650: Missing H1 heading in the admin. Assistive technologyAssistive technology Assistive technology is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and also includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using them. Assistive technology promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to, or changing methods of interacting with, the technology needed to accomplish such tasks. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assistive_technology users look for the H1 for way finding. Though there is the page title, when AT separates out elements such as links, lists, and headings, the info needs to be there too. Two weeks ago we ran this by Mika Epstein @Ipstenu and she helped us understand heading levels and plugins. Mika spot checked some plugins and it showed that they are using H2 and her opinion is that “we can post about that in make/plugins to try and spread the word.” Thanks Mika. More work will be done on the rest of the hierarchy.

Main Open Tickets

We also briefly discussed:

  • #31661: Quicktags: Can’t add them using just a keyboard in IE,
  • #26601: Inappropriate content in headings on admin screens,
  • #32152 List table: sortable column headers 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),
  • #26601: Inappropriate content in headings on admin screens, and
  • #31336: CustomizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings.: separate navigation from options 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. for better UXUX UX is an acronym for User Experience - the way the user uses the UI. Think ‘what they are doing’ and less about how they do it. by removing accordion behavior.

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Accessibility Team Update: February 11, 2015

Testing

We had a report by Rian Rietveld on testing results. Things are going very well. Rian said: “I’m getting test results back on the tab order of the post table, it seems to work ok, but they found a ton of other problems, I have to check the current tickets and open new if necessary.”

Pattern Library

David Kennedy told us that the repos are set up for contributions to the theme pattern library. See the Accessible Theme Pattern Library Update for February for more info.

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

Andrea Fercia reported on a discussion he had with the Core team. He asked about menu bar admin focus and non-link links (28599 and 26504). Joe Dolson said “the link/button question really requires specific cases; I’m not sure how we could approach giving any kind of global comments on the topic.” Andrea said that he also updated the Core team about the first testing round on customizer theme switcher.

Theme Checking

Joe Dolson updated us on the state of checking themes requesting the accessible-ready tag.”We’re now up to 29 live themes carrying 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)-ready tag which have been tested and passed. There’s one outstanding theme live that does not pass (_tk); it’s undergoing the review process now, and will either be suspended or updated soon.I’ve got two pending theme reviews to do, and know of at least 1 theme that’s currently approved and waiting to go live.”
Joe has also trained two of the theme review team admins on reviewing for accessibility. Additionally Joe has shifted support for landmark roles into a required feature for accessibility-ready themes, rather than recommended.

Landmarks

Discussion turned to the over-abundance of landmarks. The current proposed code (#23089) outputs too many landmark roles. A theme may add numerous landmark roles without the ability to control where and how many there are. Andrea noted “currently, _s outputs one aside (mapped to complementary) for each widgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user., nested inside a general complementary area for widgets.” Jared Smith of WebAim recently said “Easy accessibility check: Search for “role” in source code. If 0 instances, probably bad. If 1-20, probably OK. If greater than 20, definitely awful.”

Other Items

Morten Rand-Hendriksen asked: “What is the best tool for computer voice control (in particular, voice controlled browsing) on both Windows and MacOS? Are there any workable free tools or are we confined to things like Dragon?” There is a demo mode in JAWS and NVDA is free. If there is a free way for developers and designers to experience things using voice control it will help them understand the issues better.Sam Sidler noted that “OS X has voice control built-in, so I’d call that free, but not open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL.-level free.”

We finished off by discussing Shiny Updates (see ticket 29820 now landed in core). According to Andrea Fercia there are two main accessibility issues:

    • focus handling
    • absolutely no feedback for screen reader users when an install/update action starts, ends, fails, etc.

About the latter issue Andrea said “I’d like to propose a solution based on Graham Armfield’s idea (see #28892) but done in a way that it would hopefully be a useful tool for developers.”

The entire conversation from February 11 is available 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/. archives for the #accessibility channel.

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Accessibility Team Update: August 27, 2014

Weekly Testing Meeting

For the last two weeks we’ve been trying something new, a 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) testing meeting, 17:00 – 19:30 UTC. We meet in the wordpress-ui IRC channel to share our tests. If you want to join in or just see what we are doing just show up in the IRC channel. Read the logs for August 18 and August 25 to get an idea of what we are doing.

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Accessibility Team Update: March 26, 2014

Meeting Time Change

We will be going back to a meeting time of 19:00 UTC next Wednesday, April 2.

Progress

The meeting this past Wednesday was interesting. Now we’re getting to the heart of the matter.

So far, we have compiled a keyboard-only report on most of 3.8 and have some data to rely on.

The first pattern we identified from the testing is poor visual keyboard focus in the Admin. Rian created a ticket dealing with keyboard focus. Better visual indication of focus on elements in the Admin (#27173). This ticket is now closed (fixed.) Thanks Rian!

Testing 3.9

We have to quickly change gears because 3.9 is due out in 18 days and we have to test and create tickets where we find issues. A list of items to concentrate on will help guide us.

Contact @AccessibleJoe for details if you want to help test 3.9.

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Docs Team Update – Jan 30, 2014

Howdy folks,

Here’s a recap of the major topics discussed at this weeks Docs Chat:

  1. New Docs Chat Time -We’re changing the time of the weekly Docs Chat (not Support) to:
    • Thursday 4pm PST
    • Thursday 5pm Mountain
    • Thursday 6pm Central
    • Thursday 7pm EST
    • Friday Midnight UTC
    • Friday 7am ICT
  2. 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. -we’re need to choose a new team rep this week, so please go comment on Siobhan’s post, New Team Rep (also, do we need one?).
  3. Docs Sprint -There’s a Docs Sprint  this Saturday, Feb 1 at 10am PST. Join the sprint in Seattle, or on IRC at #wordpress-sfd.
  4. AH-O2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at https://make.wordpress.org/. -@jazzs3quence and contributors are making progress, but still need help with:
    1. Documentation contributions for tooltips and overviews
    2. Testing and bug/issue reporting.
  5. Docs Project Landing Pages -We’re creating helpful landing pages for each docs-related project that provide an overview of the project and a clear path for contributors to get involved. Each docs project will add a page to the Projects section where @DrewAPicture posted the landing page for Inline Docs. @siobhan would like to have these pages complete by Feb 28th and would like a volunteer to oversee this project.

Full IRC Logs

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Team Reps

We’re a little overdue to re-up/choose/elect team reps again based on the last round. We can do that, or we can go back to a longer term for reps, or we can revisit the concept of team reps.

  • Some teams are better than others about getting the updates posted.
  • On some teams the rep also acts as a lead, while on others it’s just posting updates.
  • The job description is to post updates and to be a liaison between your team and the rest of the contributor groups via this site. There are a lot of weekly updates, but not so much liaising. When I’ve posted things for comment, it has appeared that people are responding based on their own opinion rather than getting their team’s group opinion and relating it back.

So! Can everyone check with their team to see what they think and report back here? If we want to go with the status quo, then each team should choose their early 2014 rep this week. How the team chooses is up to the team. If any teams want to propose a different approach, hit the comment sections (please speak for your team rather than putting out suggestions that haven’t been run by them first).

Thanks!

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Accessibility Team Update: January 22, 2014

Ticket Activity Report

@grahamarmfield reported progress on ticket 26602: Insufficient information for screen readers in themes.php. “On the new Themes page in trunk, it is now possible to tab to each of the themes within the list of themes found. However for screen readers there may be no audible feedback to tell the user which theme has focus.” Thanks to @joedolson for the initial patch and everyone else who worked on the solution. The status is now: closed defect (bug) (fixed).

Keyboard Testing

Some of us are proceeding with the keyboard functionality audit of all the admin screens. We have a target deadline of February 5, 2014 to complete the testing. There is a learning curve as each team member learns the routines. Some of us have never done testing so this is a valuable learning experience for us. We are comparing our findings before making them public. @rianrietveld has made a test instance available to us so that we are all using the same environment. She also posted about this on our WordPress Accessibility LinkedIn group. Thanks to everyone who is participating.

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