In 2022, with Gutenberg 13.8 and WordPress 6.1, the block editor added support for fluid typography. In responsive design, fluid typography is an alternative to traditional media queries to scale the text with the screen size: when using media queries, the font size changes at specific breakpoints; when using fluid typography, text size can grow smoothly, making it more suitable at all viewports and on all devices.
While fluid typography has been around for a few years now, one of the main concerns about its adoption is accessibility. For people with low vision, it’s essential to resize the text. Still, if made carelessly, fluid typography can make it very hard (if not impossible) to increase the font size enough to meet Success Criterion 1.4.4 from Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
The same Success Criterion, and some math, can guide us in understanding how to check if the type of system we’re creating for our project is accessible, even before building and testing a website. During the talk, Stefano will explore what fluid typography is and how it works, how to make it accessible, and how to use it in the block editor in an accessible way.
These meetups take place via Zoom and are live captioned. You must register to attend via Zoom.
Stefano is a self-employed consultant and front-end developer focused on accessibility and WordPress. He mainly helps local small businesses and public schools to improve their visibility on the web and the accessibility of their products and services.
He joined the WordPress Community in early 2018; since then, he has tried his best to give back by speaking at and co-organizing WordPress events and contributing to the WordPress Accessibility Team. He’s also active in the Italian community of accessibility specialists, speaking and contributing to Accessibility Days, an Italian yearly event about accessibility.
When he isn’t busy bothering his friends by talking about WordPress or accessibility, he sings in various choirs and plays chess online.
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This meetup will be held virtually over Zoom and live captioned, thanks to our sponsors. Slide links will be provided when applicable, and presenters are encouraged to make slides as accessible as possible with alternative text for images, etc.
We’re working to secure sponsors so that we can offer ASL interpretation.
All are welcome to attend. If you need specific accommodations to make this meetup work for you, please contact us and we will try our best to accommodate you.
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