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  • NOV 28, 2022
    WordPress Planet
    WPTAVERN: MEETUP.COM REMOVES ACCESSIBILITY OVERLAY IN RESPONSE TO WORDPRESS C...

    Meetup.com has removed its accessibility overlay, a recent addition to the company’s website that raised concerns with the WordPress community and the broader community of accessibility professionals. The overly was powered by EqualWeb, a product which claims to provide automated compliance with accessibility standards but doesn’t address inaccessibility at the root of the problem.

    WordPress Community Team leaders requested a meeting with the company and were able to persuade them to take the overlay down and focus on direct improvements to the Meetup.com platform. WordPress community organizer Angela Jin reported that their director of engineering and other team members were “very receptive to our feedback.”

    “EqualWeb’s widget does scan for accessibility issues, and the original plan was for EqualWeb’s team (real people!) to provide progressive fixes to the overlay,” Jin said. “Meetup’s hope was to provide, over time, a fully accessible overlay.”

    During the meeting, WordPress’ Community Team representatives contended that overlays create a poor user experience for people who use assistive technology while also ignoring key WCAG issues. This is why there are growing legal and privacy concerns associated with the overlays, which do not deliver on the promise of providing equal and open access to platforms.

    After reporting on the issue earlier this month, one reader asked if the overlays actually work to address the issues and, if so, what is motivating the complaint.

    “They don’t work,” WordPress accessibility contributor Joe Dolson said. “To the degree that they do work, they mostly offer functionality that is already duplicated by the user’s own technology.”

    Dolson examined Meetup.com’s overlay and highlighted a few of its major shortcomings:

    This particular overlay also commits the cardinal sin of labeling tools by disability, rather than according to what they do. For example, if you turn on the “Visually Impaired” mode, that’s actually a high contrast mode; which is only relevant if your visual impairment benefits from high contrast. This kind of presumptive labeling is ineffective at best (because it makes it difficult to find what tool might actually help you, should you need it), and offensive at worst.

    But the reality is that overlay tools are a misdirection of resources: if a user needs high contrast, large fonts, or other tools, they need those on all websites, and they need a solution that’s their tool, in their control, with their settings – and the majority of users already have that in their assistive technology.”

    As part of revising its accessibility roadmap, Meetup.com is requesting feedback from WordPress community members with experience using its platforms across devices with accessibility features enabled. Those who have 50 minutes in the coming weeks can request to speak with Meetup representatives regarding which features should be prioritized. People can also leave feedback in the comments.

    Meetup.com’s decision to remove the overlay was well-received by accessibility advocates who hope to see more changes to the platform’s source code based on community feedback in the next few weeks. Beyond these changes, some community members are also recommending Meetup.com add people with disabilities to their team to get more first-hand information without having to publicly walk back an implementation like this.

    “Although I applaud Meetup for removing the Overlay, they are going at this backwards,” WordPress user @bryan202 said in the comments. “They should have an independent company who employs persons with disabilities to audit their platform and inform them of the issues. If Meetup wants feedback on the specific issues this choice of overlay caused, then they should be willing to pay for that market feedback.

    “As a disabled person we are constantly called upon to give feedback for free. We deserve to be respected for our time, efforts and feedback. Meetup needs to expand their technical team to include persons with disabilities so they have an inside look since their current team is missing this essential component.”


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They show how much style variations and template customization in WordPress 6.1 can have an impact on the look and feel of your site.

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State of the Word 2022 is on the calendar! Join #WordPress project leadership and contributors for the annual event in person in New York City or online. https://bit.ly/3OEgRGN #StateOfTheWord

WordPress 6.1 gives you more control over the space in, around, and between your blocks—both the ones you’re using for content and their container blocks. Adjust padding, margin, block gap, and more to refine your layouts. #WordPress

🎉 The #WordPress Photo Directory reached over 5000 photos! In celebration, the #WPPhotos team has some interesting stats for you: https://bit.ly/3ES7RKV.

Thank you for contributing to the open content of the web—Here's to the next 5000 and beyond!

📸 Photo 5000 by @roytanck.

Learn how to customize your website's 404 error page in #WordPress. Tutorial video here: https://learn.wordpress.org/tutorial/personalizing-your-404-template/ #LearnWP

WordPress 6.1 brings more ways to experiment with typography. You can adjust font and text properties, spacing, and line height directly in the block editor. Play with a giant, bold headline, or make subtle changes to your buttons that make visitors take action. #WordPress

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Design tools in WordPress 6.1 bring you more ways to adjust, customize, and experiment with the look and feel of your site (or your clients’ web projects). Which tools do you use the most? #WordPress

Did you know that you can create all sorts of interesting art with blocks in #WordPress? The possibilities are wild and wonderful! Join this interactive online workshop to learn more and gain some creative inspiration. Nov 18th >> Register here >> https://bit.ly/3TbZiOY #LearnWP

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Tune in to the #WPBriefing for a deep dive into #WPOpenverse and #PhotoDirectory on this week's episode! https://bit.ly/3Uw8Fu6

7-minute video tutorial >> #WordPress 6.1 includes the ability to register block template parts in classic themes. Learn how to make changes to specific parts of the theme, without affecting the rest of the site layout or design. https://learn.wordpress.org/tutorial/using-block-template-parts-in-classic-themes/ #LearnWP

Explore #WordPress 6.1 in this live online workshop on November 16th! Browse the new theme, designing tools, and other enhancements debuting in 6.1. Register for free here: https://bit.ly/3DZRTxE #LearnWP

7-minute video tutorial >> #WordPress 6.1 includes the ability to register block template parts in classic themes. Learn how to make changes to specific parts of the theme, without affecting the rest of the site layout or design. https://learn.wordpress.org/tutorial/using-block-template-parts-in-classic-themes/ #LearnWP

Japanese Language #WordPress Workshop Nov 18 & 19 >>>
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It’s always worthwhile when you reach for something you love, especially when grown with affection. How has #WordPress helped you nurture and grow your story? https://bit.ly/3NAkMUn
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Join this online workshop on Nov 10th and learn how to tailor the #WordPress Editor to suit your needs and/or those of your clients. Block locking, advanced theme.json config, new features in 6.1, and more. Register here: https://bit.ly/3fAwWA3 #LearnWP

Available with WordPress 6.1, the newest default theme is an exciting showcase for the creative depth you can achieve with style variations in block themes. Check it out: https://wordpress.org/news/2022/11/introducing-twenty-twenty-three/

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