January 15, 2021

Accessibility Team Meeting Notes: December 11, 2020


These are the weekly notes for the Accessibility Team meeting that happens on Fridays. You can read the full transcript on our Slack channel and find the meeting’s agenda here.

Review of the team’s activities for 5.6 release

WordPress 5.6 is out since Tuesday, so the team reviewed the main accessibility achievements of the release.

  • The block editor now supports adding captions and subtitles to videos
  • The new Twenty Twenty-One theme is not only accessibility-ready, but also addresses more specialized standards from WCAG 2.1 at level AAA
  • A feature plugin to add an accessibility statement has been worked on during the release
  • Documentation is being rewritten to better describe accessibility patterns and antipatterns

Also, the team was able to build bridges with other teams, component maintainers and focus areas: this was greatly valued both inside the team and from the outside, and cooperation will hopefully improve even more when the new organization of the team in working groups will come into effect.

Team members were in general satisfied with the achievements and are looking into reaching even greater results in the next release.

Planning of weekly meetings during holiday season

Given that December, 25th and January, 1st fall on Friday, no meeting will happen on these days. This means that the next but one meeting will be on January, 8th.

The 5.7 development cycle hasn’t been defined yet, but the release is currently planned for March 2021, so the alpha period will happen mostly during the holidays.

A first step to set and reach goals during the 5.7 release would be to collect ideas: a call for release goals will be published soon in a self-contained post.

During next weekly meeting, suggested goals will be discussed, but in the end it will be up to each working group to decide what to focus on for the release, based on the number of contributors and their time availability.

During holiday season, each working group will organize on its own. If needed, extra meeting and/or bug scrubs can be organized, but contributors are always encouraged to work asynchronously and ask for help at any time in the channel.

More details will be worked out during next weekly meeting.

Open floor

@Hauwa Abashiya asked what would be the best way for the training team to reach out for help from the accessibility team regarding accessibility questions raised in the creation of the learn.wordpress.org platform.

Given that most of the work is done in the GitHub repository of the learn WordPress project, it was suggested to create a specific label, so that team members can quickly identify issues related to accessibility.