Project Updates

v0.7.2 Release


  • Add Display Text validation for Link type option Link to anchor in the text
  • Change Link type widget in Link dialog from select to radio to make the three options always visible; change order of the type options
  • Update Heading / Paragraph menu item labels for paragraph formats:
    • Computer code to Preformatted text
    • Address to Address line
  • Update Heading / Paragraph content in A11yFirst Help with new labels and expanded the description of Address line
  • Add codesnippet plugin and toolbar button

A11yFirst Editor, V0.7.0 is now available.

The new distribution, v0.7.0, is now available at

It includes the following:

  • Combine the Paragraph Format and Heading menus and relabel the new menu Heading / Paragraph
  • Updates to “Getting Started with A11yFirst” in testdrive.html
  • Add new plugin named a11ylink with warning dialogs for link Display Text field

You can try out A11yFirst editor v.0.7.0 from A11yFirst project site.

Usability Testing Planning and Meeting


  • Jaeun Ku (Jemma)
  • Nick Hoyt
  • Dena Strong
  • Mark McCarthy
  • Jon Gunderson
  • Robert Slater


  • “Getting started” text
  • Usability testing planning

Getting Started


Usability Testing Coordination


  • User testing resources
    • Dena Strong (4 hours every Wednesday)
    • Optimal Workshop (AB testing of terminology/layout)
    • Possible iSchool students interest in experience
    • Gift cards (at least 20)
  • What to test
    • The current redesign
    • CR + some new introductory feature
  • Phases of testing
    • Current design
    • Introductory resource
      • Text document
      • Video
      • Tutorial/quiz
    • Link accessibility plug-in
    • Image accessibility plug-in
  • Feature
    • For media inserts need to detect and check for accessibility after insert

Next Step

  • Test current design
    • Library CMS development server vs a11yFirst demo page
    • Update testing procedures
    • Introduction to task
      • Verbal instructions versus reading a document
      • Ask them to run the accessibility checker


  • Jemma
  • Robert Slater
  • Dena Strong
  • Mark McCarthy
  • Nick Hoyt
  • Jon Gunderson

A11yFirst Editor Release – v 0.6.0

Meeting Topic

  1. The issues of getting a11yFirst onto the library beta server
  2. The status of the WordPress Plug-in repository in the A11yFirst organization
  3.  Resources available from the library for additional usability testing as the plugins continue to be developed.


  1. A11yFirst Editor v 0.6.0 was released.
  2. A11yfirst Editor demo site was updated with new UI design based on usability testing by Information science school students at U of Illinois.
    • Heading label
    • Paragraph format
    • Character style
    • Change of accessibility checker button to put emphasis on A11yfirst Help menu
  3. Github Distribution folder for the release is ready.
  4. Usability testing coordination meeting is scheduled on January 19, 2018


Content Meeting for Demo Site


* Attendee: JaEun, Dena, Nick and Jon

  1. Review content for demo site (U of I box login required)
    • Add objective for A11yfirst project in the content
    • Distinction of A11yfirst plugin from CKEditor checker
    • Dena will do one more round of writing and share that with the team for the feedback
  2. Project Schedule
    • Deployment to library
      • Making WordPress plugin with A11yFirst plugin for CKeditor
      • Solicit the campus WordPress experts to get on the project – Two candidates were identified
      • Dena will connect them to the WordPress Plugin development project
    • Service manager role – list technical back up
    • Next design item – link plugin/ help video


Attendees: Tom Habing (Library IT Director), Jim Dohle (Library IT Production Services), Jon Laskowski (UX and Content Strategy Coordinator), Robert Slater (Web Team Manager), Jemma JaEun Ku (Principle Investigator)

Meeting Agenda

  1. Introduction to the project(10min)
    • Project websites
    • Second round of usability testing
  2. A11yfirst editor demo(15min)
  3. Deployment discussion (25min)
    • Deployment schedule/time frame
    • Deployment process
    • Required resources
  4. Q and A (10 min)

Milestones Update

  • October 2017 – A11yFirst Editor 1.0 Release
  • July 2017 – A11yfirst Editor 0.5 release
  • June 2017 – Code release (code will be released on A11yFirst Github repository)
  • February 1, 2017 – A11y First Editor coding has begun
  • January 10, 2017 – Project Github repository is restructured
  • December 14, 2016 – All-day Code-a-thon at the University of Illinois for the project members
  • December 1,  2016 – A11y First Text Editor UI Design
  • November 17, 2016 – A11y First Text Editor Web server set up
  • September 30, 2016 – Conceptual Model for A11y First Text Editor
  • September 7, 2016 – First draft of Feature Documentation
  • August 22, 2016 – Decision: All tables must have both column and row headers
  • July 7, 2016 – Feature Documentation completed for headings, links, and images
  • June 29, 2016 – Final decision on base WYSIWYG editor: CKEditor
  • June 8, 2016 – Content Authoring Process Requirements
  • June 8, 2016 – Technical Functional Requirements
  • May 25, 2016 – Browser comparability for text editor determined: IE11+, Edge 1+, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari