[theme-reviewers] Accessible theme issues

Joe Dolson design at joedolson.com
Fri Sep 28 15:03:21 UTC 2012

That sounds great. Mel - would you be interested in working on this
requirements document with me?


On Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 9:59 AM, Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net> wrote:
> I see no reason that the WPTRT can't support this effort. However, doing so
> will require some up-front work and workflow changes.
> From a practical standpoint, here's what I think we would need for
> implementation:
> 1) Clearly defined requirements, ideally listed somewhere in the Codex
> 2) Updated Tag Filter
> 3) Identify accessibility guidelines that can be evaluated programmatically
> via Theme-Check where possible
> 4) Identify accessibility guidelines that can be incorporated into the Theme
> Unit Test Data where possible
> 5) Identify accessibility guidelines that can only be verified by a live
> person
> 6) Set up Theme-Trac workflow to shunt Themes using the Accessibility tags
> into a separate queue
> 7) Volunteers to review Themes in the Accessibility queue in Theme-Trac
> So really, the first step, #1, is creating the accessibility Guidelines in
> the Codex. Once those are defined, we can certainly go from there. Note
> that, in the end, to the extent that accessibility will require live-human
> verification, the WPTRT will need volunteers from the accessibility team to
> help with the reviews.
> Thanks,
> Chip
> On Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 8:44 AM, Edward Caissie <edward.caissie at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Well written Mel!
>> Obviously there is passion behind this cause and support from "core" as
>> well ... it would seem the http://make.wordpress.org/accessibility group has
>> a strong position to lobby for an additional tag to be added to the theme
>> repository. Perhaps three tags: Accessibility-A, Accessibility-AA, and
>> Accessibility-AAA? Just some food for thought ...
>> ... and you would have my support for a new tag(s) based on these
>> discussions, too.
>> Cais.
>> On Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 8:39 AM, Bryan Hadaway <bhadaway at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> SOLD
>>> Okay, honestly, you've made a really solid case and I almost feel I want
>>> to do my part to help now. You've got me thinking about it (it's my
>>> obsessive nature) and now I'm considering making some of my themes as
>>> accessible as possible (which I think about in general, but perhaps not
>>> enough).
>>> I could go point by point and rebuttal and clarify a lot, but I feel a
>>> bit suffocated by your passion vs my somewhat interest (and slight laziness
>>> at the moment) in the matter and I really think it would be overkill to do
>>> so, so I'll just say my generalized open-ended way of speaking (and use of
>>> synonyms in my mind) often clashes with those that speak in very literal
>>> terms which I think is one of the biggest issues here as far as
>>> misinterpretation and misunderstanding and disagreement. Overall though
>>> you've made some great valid points that has changed my perspective in the
>>> matter, good work :).
>>> "Instead what is being suggested is an additional OPTIONAL review only
>>> for those who WISH to flag their submitted theme as accessible."
>>> This was obviously my biggest concern and you've clarified to the point
>>> that I think I'm on board. Perhaps themes that are tagged "accessible" (and
>>> to be accessible perhaps the criteria should be that at least x number of
>>> accessible features are in place or at least
>>> http://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG1A-Conformance is met) could be placed in their
>>> own separate ticket category so reviewers know exactly what kind of
>>> attention the theme needs right away? If someone already suggested that,
>>> apologies (I'm in skim mode a bit).
>>> So, you've turned my stubbornness into a vote. I was wrong. There can be
>>> reasonable improvement in this area, I'm going to take a nap now and then
>>> analyze and update some of my themes with accessibility in mind.
>>> Bryan Phillip Hadaway
>>> Web & Graphic Designer
>>> calmestghost.com
>>> bhadaway at gmail.com
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