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WordPress Accessibility Team Is Seeking Contributors for Its Handbook Project

The WordPress Accessibility team is seeking contributors for its handbook project . It’s a collection of tips, resources, tools , and best practices. The goal is to educate users through summaries, articles, and reference materials. The handbook was created after the accessibility team repeatedly noticed the same accessibility issues cropping up and not having a central place to send people ...

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BuddyPress 3.0 Beta 2 Released

The BuddyPress development team has released Beta 2 of BuddyPress 3.0. BuddyPress 3.0 is a major release that contains some significant changes. A new template pack called Nouveau will replace the bp-legacy template packs introduced in BuddyPress 1.7. The new template pack has been refactored to be semantic, accessible, and use a new set of markup files. Loops, members, and ...

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Talking Gutenberg on Episode Eight of the Drunken UX Podcast

Last week, I had the pleasure of joining Michael Fienen and Aaron Hill, hosts of the Drunken UX podcast, to discuss Gutenberg . We covered a lot of topics, including, why Gutenberg was created, our experiences, its timeline, pros, cons, resources, our biggest concerns, and what developers and freelancers need to know. The show is one hour and thirty minutes ...

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Plugins Hosted on WordPress.org Can No Longer Guarantee Legal Compliance

The plugin review team has amended guideline number nine which states, developers and their plugins must not do anything illegal, dishonest, or morally offensive, to include the following statement: Implying that a plugin can create, provide, automate, or guarantee legal compliance Mika Epstein, a member of the WordPress.org plugin review team, says the change was made because plugins by themselves ...

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WPWeekly Episode 312 – Dragon Drop, WordPress Accessibility Statement, and WooCommerce GDPR

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I start the show by sharing our thoughts on Mark Zuckberberg’s congressional hearing. We then discuss what’s new in Gutenberg 2.6 and describe our user experience. We let you know what’s in WooCommerce 3.3.5 and discuss what the development team is doing to prepare for GDPR compliance. Stories Discussed: Gutenberg 2.6 Introduces Drag ...

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Theme Review Changes Place More Onus Onto Theme Authors

The WordPress Theme Review team has implemented changes that simplify the process and places more responsibility onto theme authors. Theme reviewers now only need to check the following items to pass a theme. Security Licensing Malicious or egregious stuff Content Creation Although the bar to pass a theme is significantly lower, theme authors are still expected to follow the required ...

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Gutenberg 2.6 Introduces Drag and Drop Block Sorting

Gutenberg 2.6 is available for download and with it, comes a new way of sorting blocks. In addition to using up and down arrows, this version introduces the ability to sort blocks by dragging and dropping . If you hover the cursor over the up and down arrows on the left side of a block, you’ll see a hand icon. ...

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An Update to My Gutenberg Experience

Not long after I published my experience with Gutenberg , developers reached out to me to work on some of the issues I mentioned. Riad Benguella figured out why meta boxes were not collapsing or expanding. It turns out that some meta boxes depend on the post script which has a side effect of calling the window.postboxes.add_postbox_toggles( postType ) twice, ...

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