At WordCamp US 2017, I took the stage to argue that it’s time that WordPress enables translators to add gender-variable translations, and that we can do this in a way compatible with our existing translation ecosystem.
A couple of days later, during contributor day, I was joined by several amazing WordPress (and GlotPress) contributors, and we firmed the proposal which is now up on trac.
Here’s the short talk I gave about languages written from right-to-left at WordCamp Europe 2017. I’m visibly nervous — this was the largest crowd I’ve ever presented to.
While the slides make it clear that I go from talking about
rtl.css — the file, used in WordPress themes, to RTLCSS — the node module, I realize that it’s somewhat hard to understand when watching the video. Sorry about that!
Some relevant academic research on the effects of reading direction:
- Influence of reading habits on line bisection – PDF
- Reading habits influence aesthetic preference – PDF
- Scanning direction and line bisection: a study of normal subjects and unilateral neglect patients with opposite reading habits – PDF
- Native reading direction influences lateral biases in the perception of shape from shading – HTML
Yesterday I helped someone write their first WordPress core bug report, and then someone else write their first patch to fix that bug.
It happened after I saw a thread in a Facebook group about an issue with WordPress 3.8.
Turns out this was a bug I was responsible for (doh!), but instead of just fixing it, I offered to tutor anyone interested in how to create a bug report and write their first patch.
Revital and Niv jumped on the offer, and so we chatted about how to test and confirm the bug, and how to write a good bug report. Then we followed with installing WordPress via SVN, running the new build process, and generating a patch.
WordPress just gained two new contributors, and this is probably the most meaningful thing I did all week.
Really. I had a blog in Hebrew – and it got stale to the point I just closed it.
This blog doesn’t get updated very often either.
And yet – I’m trying again. This time, it’s all about WordPress, in Hebrew. And not only that, I’ve committed to a post a day.
I’m doing a short talk about right to left language support in WordPress themes and plugins this Saturday, at WordCamp SF 2010.
See you there!
For the past few weeks I’ve had the chance to get to know a wonderful company and an amazing team, which I’m really excited to join. So, with a blink to my previous job (thanks Blink), I’m truly happy to write that today is my first official day as an Automattician!