Given this news and recent conversations with Dave, it’s fair to say that my involvement with the starter theme will likely come out of a coma and find new life. Congratulations to Ulrich, whose contributions to _s have not gone unnoticed, and thank you to Automattic for not allowing Underscores to rot on the vine any longer. This is exactly what the theming community needs right now, and I couldn’t be more excited to see what we come up with and create.
We also know that involvement from the community is vital. It’s been a while since we added our first contributor external to Automattic. To that end, we’ve given long-time Underscores contributor Ulrich Pogson commit access. He’s also a contributor to WordPress, most frequently as a member of the Theme Review Team. We’re excited to have his expertise and passion for world-class themes as part of the project. Please join me in welcoming Ulrich! 🎉
P.S. If you haven’t subscribed to Accessibility Weekly, you should. It’s the only resource I have the time to read when it comes to a11y now and beyond. I’ve learned so much from the newsletter and Dave is doing a bang up job on it.