Speakers: Pascal Birchler

  • Pascal Birchler: Internationalisation Done Right

    Pascal Birchler: Internationalisation Done Right

    WordCamp Bern 2017Speaker: Pascal Birchler

    October 4, 2017 — As developers, we try to follow best practices in our daily work. One such best practice is internationalisation, a term that’s used a lot in the ever globalizing world in which we live. However, it’s often not fully understood or not used to its full extent.

    In this presentation, I’m going to explain the concept behind internationalisation, localization, and their benefits. I will show how culture influences the user’s behaviour and why we need to do more than just “making things translatable”. For example, internationalisation is also about date formats, text direction, meaning of symbols, and even humour.

    Internationalisation has a massive impact on user acceptance and usability. I will highlight existing tools, interfaces, and best practices to get internationalisation right in the UIs we create and the code we write.

    Presentation Slides »

  • Pascal Birchler: Translating WordPress Into a Language Nobody Speaks

    Pascal Birchler: Translating WordPress Into a Language Nobody Speaks

    WordCamp Europe 2017Speaker: Pascal Birchler

    June 21, 2017 — Switzerland has four official languages: German, Italian, French, and Romansh. Growing up in the canton of Grisons, I got in touch with the latter early on. Unfortunately, it is a dying language. To do something against this, I decided to translate WordPress into Romansh. And I didn’t even speak the language!

    What began with one person, one idea, one passion, got attention from more people outside of the WordPress community and encouraged them to help to translate WordPress. In this process, I not only began to learn the language and appreciate its beauty, I also learned some interesting things by introducing people to WordPress, the polyglots team, and the translation management tool.

  • Sami Keijonen, Pascal Birchler and Matt Radford: Lightning Session

    Sami Keijonen, Pascal Birchler and Matt Radford: Lightning Session

    WordCamp London 2017Speakers: Sami Keijonen, Pascal Birchler, Matt Radford

    June 2, 2017 — 1. Matt Radford
    Single Purpose Plugins

    Have you seen onethingwell.org? It’s a weblog of simple, useful software. I’m going to show you a selection of similar software for WordPress – simple, useful plugins that you may not have heard of. There won’t be any bulky plugins with a hundred options and vast ecosystems, just small, focussed plugins that perform one thing well.

    2. Pascal Birchler
    Recent I18N Improvements in WordPress Core

    Caching, timezones and internationalisation are just a few things that make developers cringe. In this short talk I will highlight some recent enhancement in the field of i18n in WordPress to show how we’ve got you covered. I will also give a glimpse at what’s coming in the future.

    3. Sami Keijonen
    SVG icon system in WordPress

    I this talk we cover:
    Why use SVG icons instead of icon fonts.
    How to create SVG icons.
    How to use SVG icons.
    Practical example of Twenty Seventeen SVG icon system.

  • Pascal Birchler: Decluttering WordPress

    Pascal Birchler: Decluttering WordPress

    WordCamp Torino 2017Speaker: Pascal Birchler

    April 14, 2017 — As a developer working at a UX and WordPress agency, I’ve learnt a lot about common UI and UX mistakes. In this presentation, I will talk about how this knowledge helped us eliminate many pain points in WordPress itself and how this benefits the whole WordPress community thanks to open source.

    From user registration to email notifications, I will highlight a few areas in WordPress that we thought were difficult to use, and how we solved these issues. This will include helpful advice for developers who want to learn more about UX and designers who want to start contributing to WordPress core.

    Presentation Slides »

  • WordPress Community Interview With Pascal Birchler

    WordPress Community Interview With Pascal Birchler

    WordPress Community Interview SeriesSpeaker: Pascal Birchler

    March 20, 2017 — Pascal Birchler resides in Zurich, Switzerland and is a student and a passionate developer. He was a co-organizer of the WordPress Zurich Meetup as well as WordCamp Switzerland 2014 and 2015.

    He built his first website and began blogging as a 12-year-old in 2006. He started blogging about WordPress in 2008.

  • Pascal Birchler: Internationalization Improvements in WordPress 4.6 And Beyond

    Pascal Birchler: Internationalization Improvements in WordPress 4.6 And Beyond

    WordCamp Geneva 2016Speaker: Pascal Birchler

    November 22, 2016 — In this talk, I’d talk about all the recent improvements to i18n (internationalization) and l10n (localization) in WordPress 4.6 and upcoming versions. There are some great performance improvements and new features to make the lives of developers and users easier.

    This includes, but is not limited to, just-in-time loading of translations, per-user language settings and JavaScript internationalization. Some very interesting stuff that I will demonstrate with code examples and screenshots.

    Presentation Slides »

  • Pascal Birchler: From Blogger to WordPress Core Committer

    Pascal Birchler: From Blogger to WordPress Core Committer

    WordCamp Europe 2016Speaker: Pascal Birchler

    July 2, 2016 — I talk about my humble beginnings as a WordPress user, developing a feature plugin and how I eventually got commit access to WordPress core. What is it like to lead such a project? What is it like to break the web? Also, I reveal what Swiss chocolate has to do with getting commit access…

    Presentation Slides »

  • Panel Discussion: Core QandA

    Panel Discussion: Core QandA

    WordCamp London 2016Speakers: John Blackbourn, Pascal Birchler, Konstantin Obenland, Tammie Lister

    May 29, 2016 — Chair: Mike Little
    Panelists:
    John Blackbourn
    Pascal Birchler
    Konstantin Obenland
    Tammie Lister

  • Pascal Birchler: From Blogger to WordPress Core Committer

    Pascal Birchler: From Blogger to WordPress Core Committer

    WordCamp London 2016Speaker: Pascal Birchler

    May 26, 2016 — I’ll talk about my humble beginnings as a WordPress user and how I eventually got commit access to WordPress core. By telling my unique story I want to show how rewarding contributing to an open-source community can be and inspire people to do the same. I’ve been using WordPress since 2006, but only in the last three years I’ve been contributing heavily to the open-source project. I began attending the local meetup and the very first WordCamp in Switzerland. I attended WordCamp Europe 2013, where I submitted my first patch to WordPress core. Fast-forward to 2015, when I decided to develop a feature for embedding WordPress posts on other websites that made it into WordPress 4.4. How do these embeds work and what is it like to lead such a project? What does breaking the web by introducing bugs feel like? At the end of 2015, I attended WordCamp US where I was announced as one of seven new guest committers to the WordPress project. It wasn’t always an easy journey, but it has always been rewarding and I could always count on the helpful people around me. I will talk about the various ways people can contribute to WordPress and what it takes to be a core committer. Also, I will reveal what Swiss chocolate has to do with the latter…

    Presentation Slides »

  • Dominik Schilling, Konstantin Obenland and Pascal Birchler: Core Committer QandA

    Dominik Schilling, Konstantin Obenland and Pascal Birchler: Core Committer QandA

    WordCamp Nuremberg 2016Speakers: Konstantin Obenland, Dominik Schilling, Pascal Birchler

    April 18, 2016 — Es gibt kaum welche im deutschsprachigen Raum, die sich besser mit WordPress auskennen und sich für eine spontane Frage- und Antwort-Runde auf eine Bühne trauen: Dominik, Konstantin und Pascal tragen mit zusammen über 1.500 Änderungen alleine am WordPress Core seit Jahren zur Entwicklung von WordPress bei. Zwischen Feature-Plugins, der Arbeit an WordPress.com und der Verbesserung der WordPress.org Infrastruktur, sowie Default-Themes und Übersetzungen, gibt es kaum etwas, was die drei noch nicht gesehen haben. Nach einer kurzen Vorstellung und einem Ausblick auf WordPress 4.6 beantworten sie gerne alle Fragen, die ihnen gestellt werden.