The topic of this month is Accessibility. I have found a lot of amazing articles about accessibility this month, so many I cannot put them all here. I am not sure if the issues within the WordPress developer team (more info below) has made more people aware of this problem or it is just me, that I have it in mind and I see those post as more interesting now than 2 months ago. Whatever the reason, the change is welcome so in this Issue you will find really interesting articles and guides on Accessibility.
One thing I have changed this month is the way I am generating the monthly newsletter. I am improving the way I collect interesting news during the month but this means that I have more articles to select from a much bigger list. I am also finding that some months, like this one, work and life are a little hard on my free time (and this so far is not work as I am not getting paid, if you want to help, check here) so I do not have enough time to write an intro for each article. So I am trying something new this month, I will rely on the descriptions created by the authors and only add or fix those that do not have one (exception made for the WordPress section because I cannot put all those links together without explaining them). Let me know what do you think of this system and if you prefer the old way or if you do not care at all. I save a lot of time doing it this way, so please reply to the newsletter or contact me here or on twitter and share your thoughts. Thanks!
The acquisition is by far IBM’s largest deal ever, and third-biggest in the history of U.S. tech. Were they trying to take the front page from the Microsoft-GitHub?, it worked for me. 😉
With the Microsoft acquisition of GitHub complete, Nat Friedman joins as CEO. And then, they have the biggest down time we can remember for a company that big, 24h and 11 minutes. You can read what happened and what have they done to solve it and to prevent it on a very long and interesting post.
We are thrilled to announce the brand new Genesis 2.7 beta! In addition to the typical bug fixes and performance enhancements, Genesis 2.7 is focused on updating some key architectural code to be ready for Gutenberg.
I’ve always believed the web is for everyone. That’s why I and others fight fiercely to protect it. This is the announcement of Solid, and if you want to know how it works, check this other link too.
WooCommerce 3.5 has been released with some exciting new features and upgrades including REST API v3, friendlier transactional emails, and performance improvements.
WP Engine has acquired Array Themes and Atomic Blocks from Mike McAlister for an undisclosed amount. McAlister has been developing WordPress themes since 2009.
One more time, WordPress is a complete mess with so many news around the 5.0 and Gutenberg. But this month we also have really bad news about the accessibility on this new editor. Because this is complicated to summarise, I am going to put a list of link in chronological order so you can follow the history and take your own conclusions from it.
- 3/10 Proposed WordPress 5.0 Scope and Schedule.
- 4/10 If Deadlines Are Not Arbitrary, Why Not Release WordPress 5.0 in the Beginning of January?
- 9/10 I have resigned as the WordPress accessibility team lead. Here is why.
- 10/10 WordPress, Accessibility, and Gutenberg.
- 17/10 Gutenberg Accessibility Audit Postponed Indefinitely.
- 17/10 Being Shot Down Because of Accessibility Needs is Not Something Anyone Should Expect.
- 18/10 Regarding Accessibility in Gutenberg.
- 18/10 Some Gutenberg Accessibility Clarifications.
- 24/10 WordPress 5.0, Gutenberg, and Twenty Nineteen.
- 25/10 WPCampus is Pursuing an Independent Accessibility Audit of Gutenberg.
- 29/10 Report on the Accessibility Status of Gutenberg.
- 29/10 Accessibility in Gutenberg is not a one-more feature.
- 30/10 WordPress Accessibility Team Delivers Sobering Assessment of Gutenberg: “We have to draw a line.”
- 31/10 WordPress 5.0 Schedule Updates.
Also, other news:
A list of some of the most commonly used WordPress plugins and WordPress utilities/Composer packages from the Roots Community.
Headless WordPress: Omnichannel and progressive solutions for enterprise, featuring case studies from Fairfax Media and TechCrunch.
Below is a summary of the discussion from this week’s #core-privacy chat. This summary highlights current work and also provides a view into how this relatively new team is working together to further privacy awareness following the success of its V1 GDPR-specific focus.
There are lots of ways to get involved with WCEU 2019, and whether you plan to join us as an attendee, or plan to apply as a Volunteer, Speaker, Sponsor or Media Partner, we wanted to highlight some key dates so that you know what to expect (and when to prepare your application).
WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and many other popular website CMSs were written in a programming language called PHP. PHP version 5 is about to reach end-of-life and will stop receiving security updates in two months. Many WordPress and other PHP websites remain on version 5.6 or older. Once support for PHP 5 ends in two months, ?
Divi Security Update, Version 3.17.3, Elegant Themes Security Update, Divi, Extra, Divi Builder, make sure you update them as soon as possible.
A fix is out but the plugin is used in hundreds, if not thousands, of projects. Patching will take ages!
Sure that not enough, because it is not your job to do that. You have better things to do for your businesses, but a website needs to be updated and supported. So you could try WPHercules: a maintenance service for WordPress businesses. Service WordPress
Learn about the latest trends with machine learning as a service (MLaaS) and how it will affect your business.
I’m a software engineer with three years of experience, working at Square, a public tech company in San Francisco. I make $130,000, plus $47,500 in stock, for a total of $177,500 a year…
Freelance and remote work is changing our lives.Change is usually both good and bad, and it?s definitely the case with the freelance trend. So if we want to move into the new world of random working hours and laptops in bed, it’s vital to do so mindfully.
When working with clients, patience is both a must-have quality and a delicate balance. Of course, you’ll want to calmly train clients to use a CMS or explain the specifics…
Building a web experience and want to stay fast? Performance budgets are critical for success.
Five strategies for pushing through: If you want to be successful, then it serves you better to rise to the occasion no matter what. That means learning how to push through challenges and deliver valuable results.
Brandon Gregory considers how to design accessibly for cognitive differences like anxiety disorders, inattention, and depression.
In this article, we will explain why you need to stop building websites with infinite scroll.
CSS is capable of making all sorts of shapes. Squares and rectangles are easy, as they are the natural shapes of the web.
There’s a lot of talk about accessible design, but have you ever thought about color accessibility. Let’s learn how to go color accessible using the design principles you already know.
TL/DR: When you use eight values specifying border-radius in CSS, you can create organic looking shapes. WOW. No time to read it all ?? We made a visual tool for…
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Horizontal rhythm mostly impacts the legibility, while vertical rhythm impacts the readability of the text and establishes a sense of visual hierarchy.
Accessibility provides options, and options lead to innovation.
A refresher on web accessibility and 3 practical rules that will stick to your mind and give you guidance on implementing a11y.
It’s a common situation: you create a site and it’s ready to go. It’s all on GitHub. But you’re not really done. You need to set up deployment. You need to set up a process that runs your tests for you and you’re not manually running commands all the time.
The Three Types of Performance Testing: CSS Wizardry, CSS Architecture, Web Performance Optimisation, and more, by Harry Roberts.
Too much design effort goes into artifacts that are not part of the working software. There’s a better way to work.
The original sources of MS-DOS 1.25 and 2.0, for reference purposes – Microsoft/MS-DOS.
Git is hard: screwing up is easy, and figuring out how to fix your mistakes is fucking impossible. Git documentation has this chicken and egg problem where you can’t search for how to get yourself out of a mess, unless you already know the name of the thing you need to know about in order to fix your problem.
Style guide and pattern library promoting accessible components and WCAG compliance criteria.
Scribble Font for Prototyping & Wireframing – Make Wireframes Great Again by vladocar.
Practical approaches to Universal Design for making your website/webapp accessible to everyone.
This was going to be only here as a tool to anyone that is building a support team. But it is so good that I have added it to inspiration below. Go read it even if you do not have a support system or even if you do not have a company, you will learn a lot and it will help you to see the other side.
Rich Hickey emphasizes simplicity’s virtues over easiness, showing that while many choose easiness they may end up with complexity, and the better way is to choose easiness along the simplicity path.
If you imagine paying taxes in Japan entitles you to welfare, you may want to take a seat.
Some notes from the people at Sheffield Digital that can help others to setup meetup events within their communities. A lot of small tips and notes that we all can use.
GiveWP is open sourcing their GiveWP Support Team Manual. I was going to put this only on tools, but this much more than a tool. The fact that they are sharing this with the world should be an inspiration to all of us, to do the same. Share what we know, share what we do and how we do it. Nothing bad can come from that.
This month we do not have any sponsored jobs, so I am posting this link instead. This is a post from a website dedicated to publish jobs, so it is not really an article but a selection of remote works with high salaries from their list. Could be fake could be right, but I though it would be nice to share it.
Video of the month
Tweet of the month:
Ah ! That annoys me soooo much.
All presentations should have this posted on the doors.
— Todd Halfpenny (@toddhalfpenny) September 27, 2018