Alda Vigdís


Relevant employment history

Association of Icelandic Book Publishers and Mennsk Consulting

Software consultant (freelance)

September 2021 - December 2021, March 2022 onwards

For the 2021 Christmas edition, I built a new site for the Icelandic Book Journal using a Ruby on Rails setup.

As data entry from the original legacy system was phased out, ActiveAdmin was used as the administrative interface for publishers to enter information about each book and to assign in to each year's catalog edition as well as a management system in a wider sense.

The print process was also reworked, with a combination of a PowerShell script, an XML feed from the system backend and then a second round of XML transcoding using XSLT before being imported into Adobe InDesign. Print quality images were also processed using the system backend.

The Ruby on Rails system's source code and history is accessible on Github, including the print process .

1984 Hosting, Reykjavik

WordPress consultant, systems analyst (freelance)

December 2019 onwards

Worked on integration projects, upper-tier support and consulting services related to WordPress at the most popular web hosting provider in Iceland. In addition to upper-tier support, my role also includes WP plugin development and related DevOps work, performance audits and infrastructure work.

Automattic, San Francisco

WordPress plugin developer

October 2018 - June 2019

Worked on Jetpack Sync and the Gutenberg block implementation in Jetpack and as well as internal documentation and accessibility efforts. Other efforts included contributions to the WordPress Core and the Gutenberg editor.

The United Nations Association of Iceland

WordPress Web Developer (Freelance)

June 2018 - December 2018

During 2018, I revamped the website of UNA Iceland — It included a substantial amount of textual information and educational material that was moved from a proprietary CMS to WordPress. Due to the use of the site in public education, accessibility was highly prioritised.

Seatris AI, Berlin

Senior Ruby Backend Developer

April 2018 - June 2018

Was brought in to help overcome certain development obstacles. Amended workflow and documentation; and drastically improved the Rspec and Capybara based test suite.

Automattic, San Francisco

Code Wrangler (Freelance)

November 2017 - October 2018

This was an 11-month trial period whereas I worked on accessibility issues in the new Gutenberg editor, facilitation of support work and on several internal accessibility issues among other things.

POSPulse (24Insights GmbH), Berlin

Backend developer

August 2016 - June 2017

My role was mostly related to the development and maintenance of data models and JSON API endpoints in Ruby on Rails using JSONAPI::Resources as well as location matching and other features using Elasticsearch, Chewy and PostGIS.

I also revamped many documentation and style enforcement efforts in using the Ruby Style Guide, using Travis, YARD, Overcommit and Rubocop to maintain compliance.

Later on, my responsibilities included work with external app developers and screening, interviewing and training of job applicants and new recruits.

Aklamio, Berlin

Ruby on Rails Backend developer

January 2016 - April 2016

My role was mainly related to API consumers and web scraping service workers for a Ruby on Rails system used for affiliate marketing. I also supported the in-house blog which was driven by WordPress.

Public Speaking

Make your Gutenberg blocks accessible
(and also web accessibility 101)

WordCamp Vienna

April 2019

Provided a talk on accessibility for those getting into Gutenberg block development. The talk went into the basics of web accessibility, the importance of the semantic web and how those techniques can be used to develop Gutenberg blocks.

Some notes on postal codes and their use

Automattic Grand Meetup

October 2018

Provided a flash talk on postal code systems, misconceptions about and the overuse of postal codes, over validation and their use as location indicators as an anti-pattern.


Keilir, Keflavik Airport

Autumn 2010 - Summer 2011

Borgarholtsskóli, Reykjavik

Spring 2006 - Spring 2008

FVA, Akranes

Autumn 2002 - Spring 2005

Language skills

Icelandic Native speaker
English Fluent
German Basic knowledge
Scandinavian languages Basic knowledge

Volunteer Work and Activities

For the past couple of years, my WordPress volunteering work has mainly been directed towards maintaining the Icelandic side of the WordPress community, despite me being located abroad. In the past, I have been active in the Icelandic translation group and brief code contributions. My earliest WordPress contribution dates way back, with the container attribute for wp_nav_menu().

I am one of the people who authored the Transgender Flag Emoji proposal to the Unicode Consortium. After being embraced by WhatsApp, Facebook and other vendors prior to Unicode's approval. It was finally included in version 13 of the Emoji standard after a couple of attempts.

I strive to be a good open source citizen and have recently contributed code fractions to projects such as the AtomLinter PHP_CodeSniffer package and xkeyboard-config.