Post Status Notes #491
US DOJ warns of looming web accessibility enforcement. Weglot scores funding. WP-Wallet and Image Source Control launch. Block dev tuts. The Block Protocol and WordPress. WCUS and WordSesh calls for speakers. Why the web is a miracle and Mozilla's vision for its evolution.
Courtney has the week's news from the people making WordPress at .org. 🏗️
Check out David‘s podcast picks for the week. 🎙️ (No videos this time!)
💥 The BIG stories and discussions we hope you'll engage with are:
- An Inside Job: The Danger of Weaponized Open Source Projects
- Fall of the Zamir: A Hate Symbol Enters and Exits WordPress.org
- Finding the Upside in WordPress Security
🤔 Tell us what you think! We want to hear your take.
The United States Justice Department has issued a Web Accessibility Guidance under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The guidance addresses how state and local governments as well as businesses open to the public can ensure their websites are accessible to people with disabilities. It emphasizes that web accessibility is an enforcement priority for the Department of Justice.
This is an attempt to offer a plain language and user-friendly explanation to ensure that it can be followed by people without a legal or technical background.
Crocoblock, a Ukrainian WordPress company, explains How the WordPress community is supporting Ukraine — and some ways anyone can get involved.
Weglot has raised $50M (USD) in Series A funding from Partech. Weglot makes it easy for any website or CMS to handle its multilingual content. As TechCrunch reported:
You can add it to your existing website with a plugin — this is how Weglot works with WordPress, Shopify, Wix and WooCommerce. If you run a small company and don’t have a dedicated web developer, you could install Weglot without writing any line of code.
WP Wallet was launched this week. It is a tool aimed to help WordPress professionals manage license keys and invoices for sites and clients.
Thomas Maier has launched Image Source Control — a solution for privacy-first image attribution and license management outside of your post content in WordPress. It uses as few third-party services as possible. It's a mature plugin that's been developed longer than its commercial and free .org releases. How it came to be is an interesting story.
Munir Kamal is creating a series of tutorials that walk through Gutenberg block development step by step. Munir recently provided a tutorial on how to create a Gutenberg block that displays an Unsplash image.
Roger Rosweide dives into more of the “Block Protocol” that was recently proposed by Joel Spolsky. Roger proposes that “WordPress open-source and those in the ecosystem could assume a new role of providing blocks to power the frontend of any application.” David Bisset recently had a discussion with Leonardo Losoviz about the same subject on one of Post Status‘ podcasts, The Excerpt.
WordCamp US 2022 is being planned as a live event in San Diego that will take place September 9-11. They are looking for speakers who should focus on “the most important thing … making sure that your session attendees leave with a usable idea they can apply to their work or a better understanding of something.”
Speaking of speakers, the next WordSesh (May 16-20) also has a call for speakers.
Mozilla’s vision for the evolution of the Web is well worth a read, even if you only take in the executive summary. If you need reminding, Ben Werdmüller explains why the web is a miracle. He also asks “Why have we lost that [early web] community-hacker sensibility? How can we get it back?”